Harborne & Edgbaston

Ideas for Living Simply

Ideas for Living Simply in the 21st Century

Live Simply Alphabet

A

Aim for A+ or A++ appliances, especially fridges and freezers.
Aluminium tins – recycling one saves kWh, enough to run a laptop for one hour

B

Buy local food in season. Farmers’ markets are a good place to start!
Buy less! Try charity shops & eBay. Or there is the Freecycle website.

C

Cycle or walk whenever possible. Compost organic waste, garden bits, cardboard.
Calculate your carbon footprint – then reduce it! ‘Carbon calculators’ on the Internet

D

Drive slower! For every mph you drive above 55 mph, youuse about 1% more fuel
Double glaze your windows!

E

Energy saving lightbulbs: LEDs use only 9% of the energy an old-fashioned incandescent bulb uses & last for years and years and years.

F

Flush less; use a water hippo.
Forest Stwardship Council: look for their logo on any wood you buy
Freecycle! http://uk.freecycle.org

G

Go for Green electricity – There is now a West Midland Consortium of green energy providers. “Go to https://bigcleanswitch.org/west-midlands/

H

Holiday in the UK – don’t fly!

I

Insulate your wall cavities – it can reduce heat loss by 33%v
Invest ethically & support your beliefs.

J

Junk mail: registering with
the Mailing Preference System stops up to 95% of
addressed direct mail for free

K

Keep fridge at 5 degree C and freezer at -15 degree C.
Kettles should boil only the water you need.

L

Lag your loft – 10” insulation can save about 1/3 of your heat.

M

Moving house or changing commitments or jobs? Aim to live nearer to the place.

N

Natural wood preservative is better for sheds than cuprinol or creosote.(Eco Wood treatment’ or ‘Wood-Bliss’)

O

Organic food takes, half the energy to produce but be sure it is local!

P

Population: Support debt relief, education, health & development in the 3rd world; only they can put the population brakes on.

Q

Question?

R

Refuse, reuse, recycle
everything conceivable! Remember: resources can
run out!

U

Use sun power to dry your
clothes. Shop locally. Shop ethically. Spend less on ‘things’ – it takes energy to make them!

T

Turn the thermostat down 1 degree C & save 10% on your heating bill.

U

Unplug (or switch off at the wall) all appliances, re-chargers etc. not in use. They are eating up electricity just sitting there. One thing people often don’t think of, is the WiFi. You can unplug it at night or when you are not using it otherwise.

V

Vegetarian eating good,vegan eating better. It can halve your food’s carbon, footprint! Start with 1 0r 2 days a week .

W

“Walk Cheerfully, Step lightly” , a wonderful collection of energy saving ideas from the Quaker Woodbrooke Centre.
Write to your MP, your councillors.

X

Extrapolate from your actions – if everyone in the world did as you do what sort of place would it be?

With thanks to the Cotterdige Quaker Group