Smart Ways to Go Green All Year Round

Green IQ is about being smart and we’ve put together our top tips to go greener all through the year

January

Make your new year’s resolutions really count and commit to a ‘standby switch off’. The Energy Savings Trust says the average household wastes up to £80 a year leaving appliances on standby

February

Create a mood for Valentine’s Day and save money to boot by fitting dimmer switches to the lighting in your main living areas.

March

Don’t head straight to the tip after your spring clean – hold a car boot or garage sale or list your unwanted items online. After all, your junk is someone else’s treasure!

April

Make the most of April showers and collect rainwater to keep your summer garden in tip top condition.

May

Don’t add to the congestion on Bank Holidays. Plan something fun with the family that doesn’t involve the car and gets you closer to nature in your local area.

June

It’s national recycling week this month, so review your habits and make sure you’re not letting anything go to waste.

July

Don’t be tempted to leave lights on permanently when you go on holiday. Invest in a timer for security lights to stay safe without adding unnecessary expense to your energy bills.

August

Book in your boiler to be serviced now, so that it’s in tip top condition and running as efficiently as possible in time for the winter. The built in live diagnostics of Green IQ-approved boilers enable customers to identify any issues before they have an impact.

September

Rethink the school run. Consider car-pooling with another parent or ditch the drive for a healthy walk once a week. If the car’s the only option, make sure you’re not guzzling unnecessary amounts of fuel by getting your tyre pressure checked regularly

November

On dark mornings, you may need more of a pick me up to get going! Make sure your caffeine boost comes from an ethical supplier.

December

Commit to cutting down on waste at Christmas. Make sure your cards and wrapping are made from recycled paper, think about the amount of food you need to buy and let visiting relatives know what and where to recycle in your home.