Sustainable Living Tips

Savills Earth recommends these simple sustanability tips that will help to make a difference around the home and office.

Energy

  • Install energy-efficient lighting such as compact florescent bulbs, and turn off lights when you leave a room
  • Switch off appliances at the power point instead of leaving them on "stand-by"
  • Wash clothes in cold water and avoid using a clothes dryer – let air and sunlight dry them wherever possible
  • Choose appliances with a high energy star rating
  • Install a solar hot water system, and make energy efficiency top priority for the booster or back–up
  • Turn down the heat when you're sleeping or away from home, and put on more clothing before adjusting a thermostat, and add extra insulation to walls or ceilings
  • Keep cooler by using external shading such as eaves, awnings, shutters or trees to reduce heat gain by as much as 80%
  • Switch all or part of your energy supply to renewable power sources. An accredited GreenPower product will always carry the "tick" label – a symbol of national accreditation and clean, renewable energy

Lighting

Artificial lighting - energy saving tips:

  • Use the lowest wattage globe – choose energy efficient light bulbs such as the compact florescent
  • Use task lighting or special purpose lighting to supplement general lighting
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room – consider using timers or sensors rather than leaving lights on for prolonged periods
  • In places where lights need to stay on for long periods use compact florescent bulbs
  • Avoid using a single switch to activate several lights
  • Look at alternatives before choosing downlights – many lights are required to illuminate a room and holes in the ceiling and insulation contribute to heat loss
  • Keep lights and fittings clean – dusty globes and fittings reduce light output
  • Avoid multi-globe light fittings – you typically need six 25-watt globes to produce the equivalent light output of a single 100-watt globe

Recycling

Easy ways you can recycle your household waste:

  • Sort everything, check and remove any contaminants – non-recyclables such as plastic bags, hangers, lids, cigarette butts and crockery can ruin an entire kerbside collection or waste transfer bin load
  • Collect and deposit recyclable materials in the correct kerbside recycling bin – or take them directly to a waste recovery or recycling facility
  • Look for the recyclable symbol on plastic containers and check the number – most councils collect numbers 1, 2 and 3, and some also accept 4, 5, 6, and 7
  • Take your own bag with you when shopping
  • Start composting and set-up a worm farm
  • Mulch or chip prunings for reuse in your garden or use your green kerbside recycling system
  • Support and select products using recycled-content or minimal packaging
  • Look for ways to reuse, renovate or recycle other household goods – give unwanted goods a new lease of life
  • Sort out and drop off your household chemical waste
  • Return unwanted medicines and used printer cartridges
  • Give unwanted items to charity or local second-hand shop
  • Have a garage sale or advertise unwanted items on community noticeboards

Water

  • Install AAA-rated showerheads – you can save around 10 litres of water a minute
  • Choose appliances and whitegoods with a high water saving rating
  • Turn off the tap while cleaning your teeth – you can save around 5 litres of water every time
  • Fix leaks and dripping taps promptly
  • Operate your washing machine and dishwasher only when you have a full load
  • Reuse water from your bath, shower and laundry to water your garden
  • Use a broom to clear and clean hard surfaces