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This one is pretty straight forward and though it’s not recycling it ties in with the ideas behind my 2 week upcycling challenge – saving resources, environmentally friendly and money saving. In the USA 20% of total energy consumption is residential. In the UK nearly 1/3 of the total energy consumption is from the home. In Australia it accounts for 77% of greenhouse gas emissions – that’s more than 3/4!

Even when your TV screen is off if it’s still on at the power point it is consuming electricity, same for your electric kettle, washing machine and dryer, computers and laptops and phone chargers, stereo and radio and of course lights and heaters. If you’re not using them turn them off at the wall. It only takes a second to turn them back on again and in the meantime your planet and your wallet will breathe a little easier.