Wednesday, 10 July 2013

P&G Everyday Waste Savers campaign



The P+G Everyday Waste Savers campaign is a great one, I am all for sustaining the resources we have in the world, I like it when it actually saves me money too. 
I think for a lot of people its not just about recycling to do your bit for green living,its about sustaining the worlds resources. Its been levelled at me,by friends, that it costs more to be green and buy green products,but I am finding it actually is more cost effective for my purse,turning down the thermostat, using green products and great products like lemon,vinegar and bicarb is cheaper and often less money.

Now the big brands are wising up and helping me and others to save money.

You may remember, I took part in the Ariel’s ‘Turn to 30’ campaign – I actually wash at this temperature all the time,with a good washing powder it has no effect on my clothes but saves energy and money.


The Everyday Waste Savers campaign is run by Ariel, Flash and Fairy and supported by leading sustainability experts the Energy Saving Trust, Waste Watch and Waterwise, which aims to help households save hundreds of pounds each year, by sharing easy, innovative ways to do everyday things that also help us to be a bit greener too. 


But did you know there are lots of ways to clean at lower temperatures in order to save energy and money? Mrs Moneypenny, the star of Channel 4 show Superscrimpers, has also joined  P+G to help inspire people to save money by being a bit more environmentally friendly.


Figures show that every home can save an average of £100 off their annual energy bills and a further £50 off their water bills, just by doing a few simple things such as switching off at the plugs, turning down the thermostat and not filling the kettle up for one cuppa – significant savings at a time when we’re all watching our pennies. 

Furthermore, 24% of a household’s heating bill is from heating hot water, costing, on average, £150. Stats show that about a third of water usage is wasted – money down the drain every day.


Through this campaign P+G and Mrs Moneypenny are looking to inspire and enable people to contribute to a cleaner, greener future whilst also saving money. For example, the cleaning power of P+G brands, Ariel, Flash and Fairy, can save up to 30% on energy usage, which can add up to significant monetary savings:
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  By turning from 40° to 30° with Ariel
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When using "Short Cycles" with Fairy Dishwashing tablets (50°/55° /Eco dishwasher cycles instead of intensive cycles)
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When using cold 20° water instead of 40° hot water with Flash


Mrs Moneypenny, stars in a short video to help us all save cash - and is P+G also offering householders the chance to win £3,000 towards their annual energy and food shopping bills, in return for sharing their tips on how to save energy and water around the home. People can enter at

www.pgeverydaysavings.com.

To help launch the campaign, P+G sent me a nice little cleaning hamper to get me started,the good news is they are also offering one of my readers the same! Woohoo!!

Just fill in the Easypeasy Rafflecopter



299 comments:

  1. Save your washing up water to water plants

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    1. would washing up liquid not kill the plants? Just curious!

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    2. Think it can actually be an insecticide!

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  2. It's a little thing but every little helps...I used the water from boiling roast veggies to make gravy for roast dinner. Saves water and you get the flavour & goodness from the veggie water.

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  3. erm I didn't mean boiling ROAST veggies..I meant boiling veggies. Ooops

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  4. Use grey water for garden watering

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  5. Get a water butt for watering the garden, saves on a lot of water

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  6. only put the heating on when you really need it- just wrap up warm if cold!

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  7. We keep a empty bucket in the shower for the cold water when you turn shower on...Keeps garden green

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  8. If you squash a toilet roll, it makes it harder to pull off the sheets and less is used. I get twice as long out of a roll by doing this.

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  9. everything can be reused - be creative

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  10. We re-use the inside of toilet rolls by giving them to our rabbit who loves to play with them. Also I save all our bits of cardboard and old bottles for my son's school who use it for making all sorts of wonderful creations.

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  11. We reuse lots of cereal boxes & toilet roll tubes as craft items for my niece. She loves it!

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  12. Menu plan your meals for a week. Check the ingredients in your fridge and cupboards, then write a shopping list for just the extras you need.

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  13. i like to find uses for packaging and often keep them for sending off parcels in the post, empty washing powder tablet boxes great for protecting fragile goods in transit.

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  14. dont have tv and ps3 on standby wastes money and electric

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  15. Make a weekly "bubble and squeak" with left-overs from the sunday roast and every-day meals.

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  16. My dad usually eats our leftovers at lunch time- a great way of reusing food without wasting it!

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  17. I use the inevitable water left in the kettle after boiling for a cup of tea. I do try and not overfil but it happens.Its handy for rinsing the sink.

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  18. Control your boiler timer in the summer. You won't need hot water on as much. You can half your bills this way!

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  19. Rather than throwing leftover pasta that you didn't get to the plate - take leftover pasta and put mayonaise on it, cover and put in the fridge. When you're ready to eat it, add some sweetcorn and tuna!.

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  20. Don't throw away food freeze it

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  21. Plan your breakfasts/lunches/dinners and stick to the plan to cut down on food waste.

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  22. I do pretty much everything I can do in order to be 'green'. Probably the thing that gives me the greatest satisfaction is having a composter in the garden that works its way through an amazing amount of kitchen and garden waste and turns it into lovely new compost for my garden. When it comes to saving energy we're pretty good, I guess having a broken boiler means we're saving a fortune on hot water right now haha!
    @WrightyH

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  23. I recycle toilet rolls by planting seeds in them and they go straight into the ground when the plants are ready.

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  24. I cut the tops off of milk bottles and pop them outside to gather water for the plants :) (not very fruitful in this sunny spurt we're having!)x

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  25. I have a big freezer and freeze everything like milk, bread and meat so I only take out what I need when I need it and there is no waste.

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  26. we use our bath water and washing up water to wash the plants as 'grey' water is okay to use.

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  27. Recycle toilet rolls and newspapers and use them as seed pots

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  28. i always wash on 30, as well

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  29. I recycle egg cartons for planting out seeds. When they're ready they can just be planted straight into the ground as they will mulch into the soil

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  30. If you do a roast chicken, save the bones and boil for a few hours to make stock

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  31. Get a water butt for watering the garde

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  32. We've just installed a way butt and are already noticing the difference as it filled up easily when it last rained and is still watering the flowers!

    Laura H

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  33. I always do short washes and NEVER throw food away!

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  34. I have a water butt for watering the garden, it saves on a lot of water.

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  35. I use old egg cartons to grow and plant seedlings. :)

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  36. A water butt and compost bin are fantastic for making use of waste you don't even think about, like rain water, shredded paper (in the compost bin) etc.

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  37. if you got condenser dryer use water from drawer to water garden.

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  38. Keep boxes, tubs, clean foil, coloured paper and use it for the children's craft box.

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  39. Veggie water once cooled can be used to water the garden. Before I throw thing out I tend tones everyone I know if they water it, it is amazing what people will reuse.

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  40. I cut up all plain paper/envelopes that I get as junk mail into squares and use them instead of buying post-it-notes.

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  41. Reuse jam jars as a handy flower vase

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  42. HI :) Wastes saving?? have children!!! they will make anything and have fun with all sorts of things that would usually be put in the bin, yougart pots, lolly sticks, pringles cans they love it all! or see if a local play group would want it (all washed of course).

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  43. Trying to teach my mum what to recycle and which box to put them in. Struggling but getting there

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  44. I save the water drawn down while running to get it hot for washing up and use it for watering plants, etc.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  45. i use my kitchen veggie scraps to compost my veggie patch to make more veggies! :D

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  46. Put baked potatoes in the bottom of the oven when you cook the Sunday roast - saves using the oven twice and you don't have to cook dinner the next day !

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  47. Even my husband & wives can be recycled - I'm wife number two and he's husband number two for me. Can't recycle the kids though!!

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  48. when i was young (and lazy), i used to use the boiling water from eggs to make tea! XD

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  49. We wash all cartons/tubs/cereal boxes etc and take them to my daughter's school to made into wonderful creations and bought home again

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  50. Always switch the lights off when not in the room. It's one of my pet hates when people forget to!

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  51. Grow you own veg - even if you have no garden, it's amazing what you can grow in a pot or window box. You'll save money, have lovely home-grown veg to enjoy and add to the planet's oxygen.

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  52. Always try and reuse the jiffy bags

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  53. my sons uses are cardboard boxes things

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  54. we keep all jiffy bags and reuse them

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  55. i have a "save a flush" bag in my toilet to save water

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  56. Turn off the tv when you leave the room!!

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  57. hi, some brilliant ideas on here

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  58. Turn off the tv or lights when not in a room, so many people have several tv's on at once in the house and lights on all over the place.

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  59. We buy a loaf, freeze half of it and keep half out to use. Saves on bread getting mouldy!

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  60. i bag upa lot of old packaging & send it into the school for the children to use for modelling etc

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  61. turn appliances off don't leave them in stand by mode

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  62. I've used charity shope for ears, both t buy & re-home. Freecyle is great too.

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  63. Great Giveaway - thank you

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  64. I don't know how we do it, probably good luck, but we very rarely throw any food away. Its probably, due to lack of funds that we never go mad in the supermarket. We buy what we need.

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  65. hi I seem to eat all food about to go off at my luchtime hence it doesnt need to be thrown

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  66. Please put me into the draw - thank you xx

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  67. A water butt is an excellent way to catch water that can then be used in the garden for flowers & veg

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  68. get to know what time your local supermarket reduces their prices on their 'whoops' items, amazing what you can get & freeze for later

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  69. i have a massive water butt that collects rain and saves loads on water when it comes to the summer great for paddling pools and watering plants x

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  70. Reuse plastic bags - in wastepaper baskets for example. Use decomposable bags (the cooperative sometimes give these out).

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  71. Plan shopping to use leftovers

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  72. dont have tv and other electricals on standby wastes money and electric - jd5761

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  73. I have old water tanks that my husband has brought home from building jobs. We have located them around the outside of the house and outbuildings and connected them to the downspouts so that we can collect rainwater for watering. I think old and unusual containers are far more attractive than black/green plastic containers.We have put slate on top of some with other containers on top to grow our fruit and veggies.

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  74. Blanch and freeze fresh veg if you're not going to use them before they start to dwindle - it will save waste!

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  75. Re-use whatever you can, it'll make you feel good!

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  76. I keep a plastic bowl in the bath so that when I shower it fills up and then I use it to flush the toilet. Each full bowl saves at least three flushes.

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  77. We love making things out of cereal boxes-they are really good as a document holder. Cut and covered in pretty paper.

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  78. Put bread in the freezer and just take slices out when you need them, doesnt take long to defrost. Such a waste throwing it out when it goes stale as it costs alot these days!

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  79. I cut lemonade bottles in half and they protect seedlings and also help water them with condensation

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  80. showers not baths

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  81. I reuse all my newspapers- for lining the guinea pig cage and for the bottom of the cat litter tray.

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  82. ..I share a shower with my husband..saving water and money and its a lot of fun!

    Lya Thomas

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  83. re use everything, boxes, bottles, paper etc

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  84. Re use old clothes as dusters.

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  85. All veggie peels are kept in a little bin and put back out into the garden. I also grow my own herbs - nothing beats it!!

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  86. We grow our own vegetables, use a water butt to water them, meal plan so that we do not waste food

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  87. Take the time to sell or give things away, rather than throwing them. Charity shops and Freecycle are great resources for this.

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  88. We don't have a shower and I hate the large amount of water the bath uses but we do our best by taking it in turns to get in. I go first as I like the water scorchio! Mr Melvis goes last as he's the muckiest, from working in an oily environment. It works for us and hopefully means we're doing our bit despite only having a bath! x

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  89. I try to turn off all lights etc when I can to save electricity...and the polar bears! ;)

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  90. whenever i use water indoors, I have a jug i pour it into, then use to water the plants outside, from water used in boiling cooled down to when I wash fruit n veg

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  91. Learn what foods can be frozen so that it doesn't go off and have to be chucked away

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  92. I use condenser water to water plants x

    @caro_mad

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  93. Save rain water for to water the garden

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  94. I print coupons on the back of school / community newsletters.
    I abor waste paper, and I have a stack of it to use - for the children to turn into art, I cut it up for note paper.. At work I go crazy because we waste so much of it. So even there I recycle it to each desk has a makeshift scrap paper notebook.

    I also air dry as much as possible, the tumble dryer eats energy.

    Im also very sad and I keep all un recyclable old clothes to cut up as cleaning cloths. (The ones that cant go to charity etc) - I have not had to buy a cleaning cloth for years now!

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  95. do 'meal planning' so you only buy what you need for those meals. Its essential now we're all having to tighten our belts !

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  96. collect rain water in a water butt for watering plants

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  97. Hi, I often make food from whatever is left in the fridge - a good one is to make soup with all your left over veg, just stick it in the slow cooker with some stock, left over herbs etc and then blitz at the end x

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  98. Reuse old pants as dusting cloths.

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  99. I have reused my shower water!

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  100. Always use slightly less Washing Liquid and Fabric Conditioner than recommended - the bottles will last for several more washes and you won't notice any difference unless your clothes are really really dirty

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  101. Only use the washing machine when you have a full load

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  102. Hi, I love all the comments! They're really helpful.

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  103. all these water saving tips are a real interest. I haven't really looked into anything like this as we live in army houses we don't have to pay water xx

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  104. turn off appliances at plug point

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  105. Reuse "rubbish" as junk modelling with the kids!

    @ashlallan

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  106. wasting mayo and sauce in squeezy bottles is such a waste it drives me mad!

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  107. i always use washing up water to water my plants in the garden

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  108. re-use ice cream tubs and other plastic tubs. They make great food containers

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  109. Baby wipes are great for cleaning the house and kids enjoy doing it! ;)

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  110. Has to be turning the lights off in rooms and making sure the TV and other things are turned off at the plug, they use lots of electricity on standby too!!

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  111. These tips are all really useful, and all of mine have already been mentioned! Clever lot.

    - Kate Bond

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  112. Try composting and using your compost,grow your own vegetables and herbs!

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  113. We have been using energy saving bulbs for a long time, long before they actually got rid of the high wattage ones. We also never overfill the kettle and try to do full loads of laundry ;o)

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  114. We turn every single thing (except the fridge) off at the wall when we're not using it.

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  115. To save on waste I collect old shower water and either pour it on plants to help get rid of pesky insects or use it to flush the loo to save on money.

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  116. Use a water butt in the garden
    Use rolled up newspaper to plant sweet peas and runner beans. Can put straight into ground without disturbing roots as the paper disintergrates
    Use old yogurt pots and egg boxes to plant seeds

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  117. use sites like supersavvyme & print off the money saving coupons to save money on your favourites like Fairy Liquid & Ariel do this every month & watch your savings mount up.

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  118. turn radiators off in rooms you are not using

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  119. Turn electrical items off at the wall, not just standby

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  120. I hate waste,especially food waste and it really annoys me when people pile up their plate at all you an eat buffets and then leave it all! You can easily get more if you need more when you have finished what you have.That's my rant over! :)

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  121. I have started using eco balls in every other wash to save money!

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  122. Compost all your food wastage

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  123. always put your bread in the fridge - keeps it fresher for longer!
    Also, always look in shops like B&M, poundland etc for everyday items - alot of the times you can save pennies from supermarkets!
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Claire
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  124. Not sure I really have any waste saving tips, but I do try to cook everything in bulk and freeze where I can - saves time as well! :)

    Janey

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  125. During the winter I always turn off the heating when the kids are asleep and put on an extra jumper. We have a water butt in the garden that catches loads of water (the joys of living in Wales!) to use on the garden instead of a hose.

    And you shouldn't put bread in the fridge! It dries it out quicker and, at temperatures just above freezing, will stale faster!

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  126. When boiling a kettle for hot drinks, I fill the mug full of cold water then transfer to the kettle, so I'm only boiling as much as I need.

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  127. Don't leave anything on standby; only wash full loads of clothes or dishes; reuse and recycle things as much as possible at home; bulk buy foods you use a lot of; and many more...

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  128. We don't use our heating at all. If we use the baby bath tub instead of the normal bath tub for Jakey the water gets poured on the plants in the garden. We use cloth nappies instead of disposables. We bulk out meals with vegetables and then freeze the extra portions.

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  129. Empty kids water bottles by watering plants indoors or out before washing bottles ready for next day.

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  130. Remember to take your re-usable bags to the supermarket.

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  131. I hate waste! My tip would be to keep all the doors in your house closed during the winter months.

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  132. Save envelopes and boxes that you recieve in the post and re-use to send items of your own. Saves money and the environment. x

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  133. my top tip is turn everything off at the electric when not in use saves energy and money

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  134. collect coupons and scour the internet for coupons and vouchers and deals, saves a good few quid every week for me.. oh and enter lots of competitions if u have a spare hour its always great to get a suprise win :)

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  135. I have 3 water butts round the garden so I can save as much water as possible. I even leave my watering cans full so that if it rains I have saved as much as possible

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  136. Don't turn the heating on unless you really need to, just put some extra layers on! I also turn everything off at the plug (apart from the fridge/freezer)

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  137. recycyle everything, we have fortnightly bin collections and only fill 1 black rubbish bin a fortnight for a family of 6.

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  138. Keep your boiler turned ff in the summer only turn it on when you need it :)

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  139. I have a habit of fishing things out of small bins at work if I see recyclable bits thrown out! Every little bit counts :)

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  140. I go round turning all lights off hubby hates it lol

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  141. Plan all your meALS and stick to the plan to cut down on food waste.

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  142. Hi there has been some fab ideas posted.

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  143. Keep a flask by the kettle and use draft excluders.

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  144. loads of amazing ideas posted here! xx

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  145. I actually have sat and read loads of these! lol - now playing catch up - thanks for the fun

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  146. Save the padded envelopes etc from places like amazon come in handy for when you need to post things off or keep things safe when not in use.

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  147. Boyfriend who leaves about an inch of product in shower bottles and throws them away!

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  148. squeeze toothpaste from the bottom up

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  149. try not to overfill the kettle when boiling, try and fill with just enough water for what you are going to need

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  150. I like to re-use cereal boxes and toilet rolls for the kids during the summer hols to make them new toys! also yog pots are really handy for putting paint, glitter bits and bobs in them

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  151. We do lots to save on waste and save money. Having a water meter fitted makes you think more about turning off taps rather than keeping them running while you clean teeth, shampoo your hair etc.
    Lights left on is a real bugbear of mine, as is the TV left on if no one is in the room.
    If I'm cooking things like bolognese, curry, chilli, etc I always make enough for 2 lots of dinner and freeze half - the best kind of fast food.:Likewise I always try to fill the slow cooker up and freeze half of casseroles, etc.
    We recycle glass, tins and plastics here but all of our boxes, tubes and tubs go into the school I work at to be turned into works of art. Old buttons, beads, etc are also greatfully received.

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  152. If all your re-cycling doesnt fit into your recylcing bin, take it to a recycling point such as a bottle bin

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  153. Use sites such as Freegle to recycle things that are too good to throw away, you can also pick up some amazing things. My daughter is pregnant and has been able to find almost everything she'll need for her little one.

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  154. We feed all safe food waste to the bunnies or chickens. Bunny poo is great for my flower beds and the chickens give us eggs. :-)

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  155. Shut doors and turn off lights, always telling the other half to do this!!

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  156. Be realistic about what your family will eat, and keep that in mind before you stock up on a good sale at the grocery store.

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  157. Everything gets re-used in our home whether it be crafting from cereal boxes or making random recipes to use food up

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  158. I meal plan to reduce food wastage

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  159. A water plan: Never leave the taps on EVER!
    For best results, take a shower instead of a bath
    If you have to take a bath, then make sure that when you do, at least one person uses the water after you
    If you have a steamer and you used water in a bottom pot and then there is a pot on top with vegetables shut tight with a lid, and your also making gravy, use the vegetable water in it after the veg has steamed instead of filling it up in the tap. You save a whole pot of water and it adds more flavour to the gravy!
    Never set out a glass of water for your self and not drink all of it and POUR IT DOWN THE SINK!!! DISGRACEFUL!

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  160. Just fill your kettle to the level you need

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  161. Have a composter in the garden for all the spare veg peelings etc, and it is good for growing things

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  162. Soaking in milk gets out red wine and beetroot stains, this was used by my great grandma and I often use the milk for the red wine stains....lol x

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  163. Turn lights off as you leave a room. I know it sounds obvious but I am always surprised how many people leave hall lights on all evening

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  164. I give all my recyclable stuff like toilet roll holders cereal boxes etc to the sachool acrross the street and the youth club so the kids can make stuff from it :)

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  165. turning lights off and not leaving taps running are pretty obvious. I try to save money when cooking too - when your pasta is half cooked, turn off the heat and put the lid on then let it cook slowly in the hot water

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  166. plan your weeks meals, that way you can avoid too much wastage

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  167. Make an effort to check the fridge for use-by dates and plan your meals accordingly. It doesn't take long, once you get in the habit and you will probably find you can make an additional meal or two that you would normally have thrown away, so saves money too! x

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  168. wash on a low temperature and turn lights off when you leave a room

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  169. Just don't be lazy, turn things off, boil enough water, not to much, using energy saving bulbs don't leave things on standby

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  170. Never go grocery shopping when hungry and always make a list beforehand - prevents impulse buying. Also, always keep a tally when in the shop to keep within budget.

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  171. Don't throw away food freeze it

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  172. RANT: My husband never puts rubbish IN the bin - for some odd reason he always leaves it on top of the bin. Empty toilet roll holders on top of the bathroom bin, empty cereal packets on top of the kitchen bin...grrrrr. When I asked him why, he says the bin does not get full so quickly that way!

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  173. I don't have a garden but I grow herbs in a window box

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  174. Try to recycle cardboard and glass.

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  175. We save most cardboard boxes and envelopes for sending ebay things out! Helps the environment and saves us money :')

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  176. I use my washing up water to water my flower tubs

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  177. make and freeze meals in bulk!

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  178. hi! Don't switch your shower on until your ready to get in and time your showers, trying to make them as short as possible.

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  179. I try to make good use of the freezer. Don't always succeed, especially with veg from the veg box that we don't use in time.

    Wish I knew more about it!

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  180. when the fruit I buy is nearing eat by date I make a fruit salad and my family always eat it same day

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  181. Never put anything in the bin or recycling without thinking 'what could I use this for?'

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  182. reuse any jiffy bags or boxes to send your own post (I reuse all mine for ebay sales) helps the environment, your pocket and should get you good DSR's as you can keep your postage charge as cheap as possible :)

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