Create Your Own Recycling Centre At Home

recycling station at home with 5 plastic bins

 

I thought that this video that I stumbled upon today while researching on youtube was worth posting. It discusses how easy it is for most of us to create our own mini recycling station.

The video is from the US, where they tend to have more available space than we do here in the UK, but if you have a garage or shed, and can put a couple of sturdy shelves on the wall, you can have designated plastic bins labelled for the 4 main recycling groups:

Glass
Paper
Plastic
Metal

Sometimes our local authorities also collect food waste too. In my opinion, with some organisation such as this, recycling is an easier task, and almost makes it a pleasure to seperate and recycle as many items as we can.

For more information on recycling in the uk this website has loads of information for you – http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/

Please watch the video, and give some thought as to how you might make your own recycling centre at home. Even on a small scale, every little helps!

Energy saving tips for your home

thermostatI just came across this video while looking around on youtube and thought it would be a good idea to post it here.

It covers several good tips that can help you to save money in your home, and although each idea offers only a small saving, the results add up, and can save you a lot of money long term, but more importantly, you are taking another step to saving the planet. Some of the tips covered are:

Use a programmable thermostat
Why heat your home when no-one is there? The old style of thermostat needed you to remember to turn the heat down before you left the house, but with a programmable type, you spend 15 minutes setting it up and it is done. When you leave home for work, it will adjust the temperature so that you are not heating the house to your normal temperature, but will keep it at a lower manageable temperature, and ramp it up before you get home. It’s a no brainer.

Use energy efficient appliances
Now I am not saying that you should run out and buy all new appliances, that would be wrong, but the next time that you need to change an appliance, take careful note of the energy ratings shown on the outside, and don’t just buy the cheapest, because you will recoup that additional cost with energy savings.

Wash your clothes in cold water
Modern washing machines and detergents are designed to get clothes clean at lower temperatures. Always try to wash on cool whenever possible.

Turn down your boiler thermostat
Reduce the temperature setting on your water heater to 120 degrees. It will still be plenty hot enough and save you money every day.

Fit a hot water heater blanket
Common sense right?

Turn off unused appliances
You can buy a smart power strip that turns off the power when appliances are not being used, so you are not sucking power while on standby with things such as computer printers, tv’s etc.

If you can implement these ideas, and there are many more if you do some research, and watch the video below for inspiration, you will save yourself some money and do good things for the environment at the same time.