Going green at home – Part One

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There have been many wide reaching changes over recent years that have pushed the idea of recycling into our consciousness. The whole ethos has actually become big business with large industrial plants being developed and huge levels of export becoming commonplace.

But, it’s sometimes the little things that really make the difference and at the risk of going over old ground, as part one of a two part blog, we thought it might be a good idea just to focus on a few reminders on how going green can start at home.

  • Update your lightbulbs – If every household in the UK replaced one regular lightbulb with one of those new compact fluorescent bulbs, the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing a vast number of cars from the road.
  • Turn off your computer at night – By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day. If you don’t want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work, or boot up while you’re pouring your morning coffee.
  • Let the dishwasher do its job – Skip rinsing dishes before using your dishwasher and save up to 20 gallons of water each load. Plus, you’re saving time and the energy used to heat the additional water.
  • Don’t pre-heat the oven – Unless you are making bread or pastries of some sort, don’t pre-heat the oven. Just turn it on when you put the dish in. Also, when checking on your food, look through the oven window instead of opening the door.
  • Go veggie once a week – One less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet. For example: It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. You will also save some trees. For each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed.
  • Wrap creatively – You can reuse gift bags, bows and event paper, but you can also make something unique by using old maps, cloth or even newspaper. Flip a paper grocery bag inside out and give your child stamps or markers to create their own wrapping paper that’s environmentally friendly and extra special for the recipient.
  • Ban bathtime – Have a no-bath week, and take showers instead. Baths require almost twice as much water. Not only will you reduce water consumption, but the energy costs associated with heating the water. In addition you could also……..
  • Shower with your partner – Sneak in a shower with your loved one to start the day with some zest that doesn’t come in a bar. Not only have you made a wise choice for the environment, but you may notice some other added…um…benefits.
  • Use your cruise control – You paid for those extra buttons in your car, so put them to work! When using cruise control your vehicle could get up to 15% better mileage. Considering today’s fuel prices, this is a boon not only for the environment but your budget as well.

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Hazardous waste notes will be issued for redundant equipment such as monitors and batteries that contain hazardous materials.

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  • Physical shredding
  • Electronic wiping of DATA (only applicable if approved by you the customer)

Data held on hard drives is removed or eradicated using approved software and hardware in accordance with internationally recognised standards.

We also pride ourselves in refurbishing, reusing and recycling for spares and repairs as much as possible, so equipment can have a second lease of life.

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