Earthcare Cares

Ways you can care

Ten ways to show you care – round the house

  1. Turn off the bathroom tap when brushing your teeth, and use water only when your rinse.
  2. Take shorter showers – it saves on water and electricity bills.
  3. Use the washing line, not the dryer. It saves electricity and your clothes last longer.
  4. Unplug appliances not in use, especially appliances that normally sit in standby e.g. TVs.
  5. Install hi-efficiency compact fluorescent lamps wherever possible.
  6. Turn off the TV and lights when you leave the room.
  7. Put your electric blanket on five minutes before you go to bed, not five hours.
  8. Close the doors, shut the windows, draw the curtains or blinds, to save on gas or electrical heating bills.
  9. Check out where the draughts come from – and see if you can fill the gaps or reduce the openings.
  10. Only use your dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load.

Seven ways to show you care – in the garden

  1. Hand hold the hose when watering rather than using the sprinkler – no water gets wasted on areas that don’t need as much water as others.
  2. Compost your fruit and vegetable scraps, hedge clippings, grass clippings, old newspapers, etc. It makes so much more sense than buying compost.
  3. Mulch. It controls soil temperature in summer and winter, resulting in less evaporation in summer...
  4. Collect and store rainwater in the winter and grey water in the summer to water your plants in the dry months. Get a couple of 44 gallon drums, use run-off from the garage or shed.
  5. Find out how much water your plants really need. In summer we often over water plants making us think they’re sick – and need more water!
  6. Reduce your dependency on sprays by sympathetic planting that controls bugs and insects.
  7. Never pour unused paint or chemicals down a storm water drain.