Your planet needs you - Coastal Housing Group

Your planet needs you!

Helping the planet can also help your wallet and even your health. Here’s some easy ways to get started!





Save on energy & save the planet!

With rising energy costs, it’s important you know how to keep your energy usage as low as possible by making some easy changes around the home!

  • Switch off items on stand-by. Yes, this means no more leaving the tv on standby all night!
  • Use draught excluders for doors when heating a room, to help stop any loss of heat
  • Turn off the lights in rooms you’re not using
  • Wash your clothes at 30 degrees and avoid using the tumble dryer
  • Don’t over fill the kettle if you’re not using all the water
  • If you have a dishwasher at home, opt for hand washing, unless you’re doing a full load
  • If you’re buying new appliances, check the energy rating for more efficient items
  • Turn your heating down and wear warmer clothes indoors
  • Consider swapping your lightbulbs for LED

Want energy advise and support with paying your energy bills? Head over to our energy page to find out what help may be available to you.

Reducing water use

Cutting down on your water usage is not only good for the environment but can also help save money if you're on a water meter.

Did you know, according to The Wildlife Trust that:

  • Conserving water helps to save energy. Filtering, heating and pumping water to your home, requires energy, so reducing your water usage also reduces your carbon footprint.
  • By using less water, this helps to keep more in our ecosystems and helps to keep wetland habitats topped up for animals like otters, water voles, herons and fish.

Looking for ways to cut down your water usage? Why not try these easy water saving tips!

In the bathroom

  • Showers use less water than baths, so try showering to save water usage
  • Put the plug in the basin when you wash and use the collected water instead
  • When brushing your teeth, ensure your turn off the tap
  • Ensure your taps are turned off fully and not dripping
  • Consider fitting a water efficient shower head. You can find more information available by completing Welsh Water’s Get Water Fit calculator
  • Fix any leaking taps to avoid wasted water

 

In the kitchen

  • When doing your laundry, wait until you have a full load
  • When washing up, use a washing up bowl
  • Fix any leaking taps
  • Only fill the kettle with the water you need, this also saves energy!
  • Looking to buy a new appliance that uses water? Check to see how water efficient it is

 

In the garden

  • A water butt is the perfect way to reuse rainwater for your garden.
  • Instead of a garden sprinkler, consider using a watering can filled from your water butt or handheld hose pipe.
  • Fit a hose trigger gun onto your hosepipe to only release the water you need
  • In your hanging basket, pots and tubs, add water retention crystals to help keep compost moist
  • Don’t cut lawns too short and save the clippings to use as mulch to improve soil health

 

Dispose of your waste correctly and help the environment!

Did you know that as well as recycling your plastics, paper, tins etc, you can also make use of your left over food waste?

Home composting is an environmentally-friendly way of dealing with kitchen waste, plus it produces compost that can be used as an excellent soil improver. Head over to the Royal Horticultural Society website to find out how you can make your own compost.

Recycling in your local authority

Local authorities recycle differently, some mix different items together and others prefer them separated. You can find out how best to recycle your waste by visiting your local authorities webpage below.

Bridgend County Borough Council

Carmarthenshire County Council

Neath Port Talbot Council

Swansea Council

 

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Disposing of large items?

Make sure you dispose of your larger items correctly. Items which are too big for your black bags, such as carpets, fridges, beds etc can usually be collected by your local authority for a fee.

Head to your local authority page to find out more information.

Bridgend County Borough Council

Carmarthenshire County Council

Neath Port Talbot County Council

Swansea Council

 

Making travel more eco-friendly

Travel doesn't have to be bad for the planet, there's plenty of ways to make your journey greener.

  • Travelling in a large group to the same destination? Consider car sharing as fewer cars on the road means less emissions being emitted into the atmosphere.
  • Are you travelling locally? Considered getting to your destination by foot or bicycle? The National Cycle Network includes signed paths and routes for walking, cycling and wheeling. You can find out more by heading to the Sustrans website.
  • Travelling by public transport? Traveline Cymru has a great timetable for helping you make your journey as easy as possible. You can switch between bus or rail travel as well as other options such as quickest route, least changes or direct.

 

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