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Greener Goals

You can choose Greener Goals, track your achievments and do your bit to help create a cleaner, greener Scotland.

Eat Greener, Avoid Waste

Only buy the food you need.

Reduce the chance of food going off before you can use it by buying only as much as you need. A fifth of the food we buy ends up being thrown away, costing the average household £470 a year.

Plan a week's worth of meals in advance, then write a list of what you need and stick to it. Check cupboards before you shop so you make use of fresh food first. It all helps to reduce food waste and save money.

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Travel

Avoid non-essential work travel.

If you can get the job done by email, phone or video conference, save yourself time and money by avoiding an unecessary journey.

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Reduce Reuse Recycle

Recycle the food you can't use up

Recycling is a good option: it generates green energy, heat and products that benefit Scotland's farmers. You can also compost tea bags, apple cores, banana skins and other bits you can't eat.

You can recycle most foods using the food recycling service that's already available in many towns and cities and which will come to others. www.greenerscotland.org/reduce-reuse-recycle/search-for-your-local-recycling-services

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Warm Homes

Have a free Home Energy Check.

Call the Home Energy Scotland Hotline free on 0808 808 2282, or complete the Home Energy Check online at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/Insulation/Home-Energy-Check

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Reduce Reuse Recycle

Start a compost heap.

You can compost much of your unavoidable food waste. It's easy, reduces waste and you'll end up with great food for your plants.

Use garden and kitchen waste to make your own compost. Almost anything that will break down naturally and won't attract animals can be added to your compost bin or heap.

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Travel

Walk shorter journeys.

Walking instead of taking the car will reduce your carbon emissions and can save you money and time. You won't need to worry about parking and you'll keep fit too.

As well as being very environmentally friendly ways to travel, walking offers physical benefits for you. See how many calories you can burn at www.greenerscotland.org/journeys/

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Saving Energy

Hang washing up to dry.

Give the tumble dryer a miss to save up to £17 a year.

Hanging clothes out on a washing line or indoors on a rack whenever you can will save on energy and reduce household bills.

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Warm Homes

Adjust your radiator valves.

Lowering the heat or turning off radiators entirely in empty rooms means you only pay for the heating you need.

You won't feel the difference if you turn down heating in rooms you're not using, but you'll soon see the savings add up.

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Reduce Reuse Recycle

Recycle your glass.

The energy saved by recycling a single glass bottle could light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours, power a computer for 30 minutes, or a television for 20 minutes.

Find out where to recycle your glass using our postcode search: www.greenerscotland.org/reduce-reuse-recycle/search-for-your-local-recycling-services

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Warm Homes

Shut doors to keep rooms warm.

Shutting the door will help to stop heat escaping so quickly from a room. Save money by only heating the rooms you're using and then keeping the warmth in.

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Saving Energy

Boil only the water you need.

Boiling only as much water as you need cuts £7 off your electricity bill each year.

Most people boil twice the amount of water required, wasting energy and money.

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Saving Energy

Turn your thermostat to between 18 and 21°C.

Turning your thermostat down, even by 1°C can reduce your heating bills by 10% and save up to £60 a year on heating costs.

You won't feel much difference when you turn the heating down to a comfortable temprature, but you'll soon see the savings add up.

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