Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Tips Of The Day (3)

Toughen up recycling targets

The Government intends to increase industry recycling targets for packaging, but the proposed targets are disappointing. Ask Joan Ruddock MP to get tough at http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/waste/press_for_change/packaging/

Buy organic milk

A litre of milk takes over three times as much energy to produce than a litre of organic milk. Much of this extra energy is used in the production of fertiliser. So next time you're at the shops, opt for organic.

Grey water

Running a bath, taking a shower or just running taps - they all produce 'grey water' that's fine for using in the garden, for flushing the loo and even in the washing machine. Collecting grey water is a simple energy saving thing to do. Try DIY stores to buy a diverter valve that lets you to choose between sending waste water down the drain or to a storage tank. Source: 'How Can I Stop Climate Change?', £12.99 (RRP £14.99), http://www.foe.co.uk/shop

U value

Look out for the U value when choosing any kind of insulation. It's a number used to describe how good a material is at insulating. Always look for the lowest U value. As a guide, the U value of a single pane of glass is 5.4, standard double glazing is 2.6 and with high quality Lo-E glass 1.8.
Source: 'How Can I Stop Climate Change?', £12.99 (RRP £14.99), http://www.foe.co.uk/shop

Slow down

You can improve fuel economy by 25-35 per cent by travelling at 70 mph not 90 mph. If you accelerate and brake gently, especially when starting and stopping, you'll also be able to improve fuel efficiency by up to 30 percent. Source: 'How Can I Stop Climate Change?', £12.99 (RRP £14.99), http://www.foe.co.uk/shop

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