Top Green Tips
While De Montfort University (DMU) is doing its part to reduce its carbon emissions, it's up to all of us to make a difference. So just how can you live more sustainably? We asked our Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development experts for their top tips on green living. Here are their ideas on how you could reduce your carbon footprint, live more sustainably and save money too!
Buy energy efficient products
When you're buying new products, look for energy efficient models, from new LED TVs to using a laptop rather than a desktop computer. Most will have a rating, with A being the best. The energy saving trust's recommendations page has lots of helpful information.
Get some green skills
Why not volunteer for environmental projects? From local Wildlife Trusts to city farms, there are all kinds of ways to get involved. DMU students are volunteering at a local allotment and Leicester's residents are benefiting from their work.
Transform your house
See how you can retrofit your house, from simple things like using low energy lightbulbs and insulating your roof, to installing solar panels to heat your water. Check local councils or businesses for grants and other help. You'll save money and, in some cases, could sell the surplus energy you create back to the supplier.
Rather than send clothing and textiles to landfill, donate to charity shops and clothing bins or get 'swishing'. If you buy fewer items of higher quality, they'll last. You can also try the Uniform Project's way to make one garmet last a year. And don't forget to wash at 30C, you'll save power and prolong the life of your favourite clothes too.
Enjoy your environment
Try leaving the car behind, and get outside as much as you can. Rather than driving to work, take public transport, car share, use a bike or walk, and take walks to your local park.
Install a smart meter in your home to track how much energy you're using and see how much you're spending. Its worth finding our some of the steps you can take to save energy and save money.
Before you buy something, it's worth thinking whether you actually need it. It's also worth considering the false economy of cheap goods. Not only are they less likely to be ethically sound, they're also more likely to need replacing sooner.
Where possible, buy Fairtrade. You'll be helping suppliers get a better deal. Another thing to consider is ethical banking, where the bank avoids doing business with ethically dubious companies.
More green tips
Why not turn down your heating by one degree, and see how much you can save? You'll also save by switching all your appliances off fully rather than leaving them on standby. Try to recycle as much as possible and consider a staycation.