Eco tips

"The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it"    (Psalm 24:1)

 

We believe we are stewards of God's earth, with a responsibility to look after it.

As part of our work to be an "Eco Church" we are publishing an "eco tip" each month to help us all to adopt more eco-friendly ways of living and worshipping - both at church and at home.

Aprll 2020       Buying food


Stop buying one food item that is not in season and replace it with something that is. Do this regularly.

Get a weekly ‘organic box’ of fruit and vegetables. Some national suppliers include – The Organic Delivery CompanyRiverford and Abel & Cole.  Locally we have Sutton Community Farm.

Make meat a treat you eat only on certain days of the week.  Explore recipes using vegetables and grains via internet sites or your local library.  A UN report stated that cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation.

March 2020   Heating your home

Draw your curtains at dusk and shut internal doors to preserve heat. Fit draught excluder tape to door frames and loft hatch. 

Turn down your heating thermostat by one degree (unless your age or health makes this inadvisable). The Energy Saving Trust  calculate that even a one degree reduction can save ten per cent or £40 from an average annual heating bill. 

Switching to a 'green' energy supplier is easy and signals a demand for renewables, but first check how green the tariff really is before you make your choice. The Energy Saving Trust  provide independent information.

February 2020   Cleaning

Run your dishwasher or washing machine with a full load to use less energy.  

Discover the cleaning power of soda and white vinegar in this Guardian article.

Consider washing your clothes with an alternative to traditional products such as soapods or Ecoegg.

January 2020   Use what you need!​  

 

Being sustainable is all about protecting what we have for tomorrow, and there is no easier way to do this that to use just what you need. The simple ideas are often the best, so remember to turn the lights off when you leave the room, turn off the tap while your brush your teeth, and close the fridge door while you put the milk in your tea.  Also, never put more water into the kettle than you need. The kettle is one of our most energy-intensive appliances.

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