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You can choose green goals, track your achievements and do your bit to help create a cleaner, greener Scotland.

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Eat Greener, Avoid Waste:

Use a portion planner.

Preparing only as much food as you need can help you to reduce waste and cut the cost of your food shopping.

Planning portion sizes can help to prepare the right amount of food at mealtimes. If you still make too much, enjoy the leftovers for lunch the next day. Try the everyday portion planner available at scotland.lovefoodhatewaste.com/portions/everyday

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Eat Greener, Avoid Waste:

Only buy the food you need.

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Reduce the chance of food going off before you can use it by buying only as much as you need. A fifth of the food we buy ends up being thrown away, costing the average household £430 a year.

Plan a week's worth of meals in advance, then write a list of what you need and stick to it. Check cupboards before you shop so you make use of fresh food first. It all helps to reduce food waste and save money.

Warm Homes:

Have a free Home Energy Check.

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Call the Home Energy Scotland Hotline free on 0800 512 012, or complete the Home Energy Check online at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/Insulation/Home-Energy-Check

Reduce Reuse Recycle:

Recycle the food you can't use up

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Recycling is a good option: it generates green energy, heat and products that benefit Scotland's farmers. You can also compost tea bags, apple cores, banana skins and other bits you can't eat.

You can recycle most foods using the food recycling service that's already available in many towns and cities and which will come to others. www.greenerscotland.org/reduce-reuse-recycle/search-for-your-local-recycling-services

Travel:

Avoid non-essential work travel.

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If you can get the job done by email, phone or video conference, save yourself time and money by avoiding an unecessary journey.

Reduce Reuse Recycle:

Start a compost heap.

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You can compost much of your unavoidable food waste. It's easy, reduces waste and you'll end up with great food for your plants.

Use garden and kitchen waste to make your own compost. Almost anything that will break down naturally and won't attract animals can be added to your compost bin or heap.

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Greener Quiz

Saving Energy

We can save both money and energy by making sure we turn off lights and appliances and unplug or switch off items at the wall when we are not using them. How often do you turn out the lights at home?

Travel

Our travel choices account for over a quarter of our emissions as individuals. Mostly these emissions come from using the car instead of alternatives such as walking, cycling and public transport. How do you get around for most of your journeys?

Warm Homes

Whether you're insulating your home for the first time or topping up insulation you already have, you can make a massive difference to the comfort of your home, as well as helping the environment. You can insulate your home in your loft, your walls, your windows and even your floors. How well insulated is your home?

Eat Greener, Avoid Waste

The average Scottish household throws out about £430 worth of avoidable food waste every year. Stopping this waste of good food would also reduce greenhouse gas emissions - an equal amount to taking one in five cars off the road. How much do you do to try to avoid food waste?

Reduce Reuse Recycle

We recycle over 40% of our household waste in Scotland, but we could do even more. How often do you recycle?

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Congratulations! You are a seed.

You've already made a great start by understanding there is more you can do to be greener. Most seeds know it’s important to think about what you buy, how to save energy and recycle. In general, most seeds might buy recycled products and there’s the odd energy saving light bulb at home. Not everything you throw out goes in the bin.

Nurture your greener ambitions

There’s plenty of room for seeds to grow greener. You could save yourself money at the same time. Many of the goals we’ve suggested can help you to spend less. Others could help you live a fitter, happier life. So as you tick off your greener goal list, you can watch the pennies stack up and enjoy a better quality of life.

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Eat Greener, Avoid Waste:

Only buy the food you need.

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completed

Reduce the chance of food going off before you can use it by buying only as much as you need. A fifth of the food we buy ends up being thrown away, costing the average household £430 a year.

Plan a week's worth of meals in advance, then write a list of what you need and stick to it. Check cupboards before you shop so you make use of fresh food first. It all helps to reduce food waste and save money.

Travel:

Avoid non-essential work travel.

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completed

If you can get the job done by email, phone or video conference, save yourself time and money by avoiding an unecessary journey.

Reduce Reuse Recycle:

Recycle the food you can't use up

1060
completed

Recycling is a good option: it generates green energy, heat and products that benefit Scotland's farmers. You can also compost tea bags, apple cores, banana skins and other bits you can't eat.

You can recycle most foods using the food recycling service that's already available in many towns and cities and which will come to others. www.greenerscotland.org/reduce-reuse-recycle/search-for-your-local-recycling-services

Warm Homes:

Have a free Home Energy Check.

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Call the Home Energy Scotland Hotline free on 0800 512 012, or complete the Home Energy Check online at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/Insulation/Home-Energy-Check

Reduce Reuse Recycle:

Start a compost heap.

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completed

You can compost much of your unavoidable food waste. It's easy, reduces waste and you'll end up with great food for your plants.

Use garden and kitchen waste to make your own compost. Almost anything that will break down naturally and won't attract animals can be added to your compost bin or heap.

Travel:

Walk shorter journeys.

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Walking instead of taking the car will reduce your carbon emissions and can save you money and time. You won't need to worry about parking and you'll keep fit too.

As well as being very environmentally friendly ways to travel, walking offers physical benefits for you. See how many calories you can burn at www.greenerscotland.org/journeys/

Warm Homes:

Adjust your radiator valves.

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Lowering the heat or turning off radiators entirely in empty rooms means you only pay for the heating you need.

You won't feel the difference if you turn down heating in rooms you're not using, but you'll soon see the savings add up.

Saving Energy:

Hang washing up to dry.

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Give the tumble dryer a miss to save up to £17 a year.

Hanging clothes out on a washing line or indoors on a rack whenever you can will save on energy and reduce household bills.

Reduce Reuse Recycle:

Recycle your glass.

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The energy saved by recycling a single glass bottle could light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours, power a computer for 30 minutes, or a television for 20 minutes.

Find out where to recycle your glass using our postcode search: www.greenerscotland.org/reduce-reuse-recycle/search-for-your-local-recycling-services

Saving Energy:

Boil only the water you need.

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Boiling only as much water as you need cuts £7 off your electricity bill each year.

Most people boil twice the amount of water required, wasting energy and money.

Warm Homes:

Shut doors to keep rooms warm.

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Shutting the door will help to stop heat escaping so quickly from a room. Save money by only heating the rooms you're using and then keeping the warmth in.

Saving Energy:

Turn your thermostat to between 18 and 21°C.

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Turning your thermostat down, even by 1°C can reduce your heating bills by 10% and save up to £60 a year on heating costs.

You won't feel much difference when you turn the heating down to a comfortable temprature, but you'll soon see the savings add up.

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