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Make a want to save money and help the environment? try these low-budget, easy tips to reduce your carbon footprint Walk or cycle to work this will improve your health and that of the planet. driving is the third largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. there are more than 30 million cars clogging up the uK’s roads and with each producing its own weight in co2 emissions for every 6,000 miles. last may, over one million pupils in 4,000 schools across the country said goodbye to the car, joined the national walk to school week and showed how they can ‘take steps’ to save our world from harm. Start a carpool circle change Clean up It should be a united effort to keep the country tidy. The world would be a much better place if everyone did their bit when visiting parks, beaches and even the high street. Pick up any rubbish you find and put anything recyclable into the nearest recycling bins. You could even go one step further and organise a clean-up of a local open space – a street, a park, a river or a beach. For example, the Capital Clean-up event in London – which is going on now – is in its fifth year of helping the city’s communities take part in the maintenance of the places where they live and work. So far, the campaign has coordinated more than 1,000 clean-up events led by community groups, local authorities and memebers of the public. Get involved by visiting www.london.gov.uk WordS: Rob Holdway | PhoToGraPhS: Getty Images got a friend, family member or colleague with roughly the same commute as you? why not try driving together once a week and see if you can set up a carpool circle by putting other people in touch if you know they, too, take similar routes each day. Drive efficiently if you can’t give up the car altogether, reduce your speed to 50-60mph (on motorways) as this produces the least emissions and can cost you up to 25% less in fuel compared to 70mph. alternatively, choose a ‘green’ car. the government has got in on the act, waiving the annual road tax bill for owners of cars that emit less than 100g/km of carbon dioxide. choose the most efficient car in its category – be it petrol, diesel, hybrid or all-electric – and you could save up to four months’ fuel each year and hundreds of pounds. most uK homes don’t have the recommended amount of insulation. by properly insulating your home, you could save £180 a year on heating bills and reduce co2 emissions, according to ecologicliving (www.ecologic living.co.uk). if you have loft insulation, check it is 270mm thick to save maximum energy. Insulate your home Take a shorter shower If you take long showers, cut down on them by a few minutes. You’ll save water – and on electricity needed to heat up the water – lowering your bills and reducing energy consumption, too. See Water Smart on pg 255 for more. Buy organic food it’s better for wildlife, creates less pollution from pesticides, and produces fewer dangerous waste products and less carbon dioxide. it also tastes much better! 208 | AUGUST 2012 Keep beaches clean by taking rubbish with you http://www.ecologicliving.co.uk http://www.ecologicliving.co.uk http://www.london.gov.uk

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of at home with Sarah Beeny - August 2012

EDITOR’S LETTER
WELCOME FROM SARAH
NEWS
AWESOME AUGUST
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
TABLE TALK
THE THRIFTY FIFTY
TRENDS ON TRIAL
BEENY UNCUT
ESSENTIAL HOME-BUYING GUIDE
SURVEY SAVVY
WHAT’S THE SCORE?
THE NEW FACE OF PROPERTY?
SELLER SECRETS
LOCATION LOCK-UP
SOAP AND GLORY
OPEN UP
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
TOP SHOP
THE BRIGHT STUFF
GET THE JUNGLE LOOK
WARDROBE WARS
A ONE OFF
MOSAIC MAGIC
GLASS ACT
TAKE TO THE FLOOR
FRAME GAME
IT’S A BLINDER
SNUG AS A BUG
BURNING QUESTION
THE A-TEAM
QUICK FIX
BEAT THE BUILDING BLUES
LET THERE BE LIGHT
GOING DOWN
GARDEN GREATS
DIRTY DEALINGS
ALIEN INVASION
JUMP RIGHT IN
LITTLE WONDER
OUT OF SIGHT
PROFESSOR GREEN
ECO EXCLUSIVE
TALKING TRASH
PRO PLANET PROJECTS
HELLO, SUNSHINE
CARBON-NEUTRAL COVER
STAR GLAZER
EARTH HOUR
HOT TOPIC
MASS REDUCTION
WASTE NOT
SWITCHED ON
ETHICAL INTERIORS
YOU LIVE WHERE?
COMING SOON
WINNING SPOT
LUXE LINEN
CATCH-UP
STOCKISTS

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