Going green

Now more than ever we need to take care of the world around us. Our planet doesn’t have infinite resources and we need to work together to ensure its survival for future generations.

Sounds like a big aim but, if everyone took a few small actions, they would soon add up. Whether it’s recycling more, switching to energy-saving light bulbs, swapping the car for walking or cycling, or growing your own fruit and vegetable, lots of little actions will make a huge difference.

Being 'green' doesn’t just help the planet but can have a positive impact on your bank balance too. Just thinking about how we spend our money can help us consider the environment too. For example, instead of buying water in plastic bottles, why not invest in a reusable bottle and refill it for a fraction of the cost - and reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans.

Find out about our approach to meeting net zero for existing homes by watching the animation below:

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Calculate your carbon footprint

Find out which activities cause the biggest climate change emissions. These actions contribute to what is called our carbon footprint and the main contributors are:

  • heating and powering our homes (as well as the energy that goes into the materials to build them)
  • how we get around – particularly car use
  • what we eat
  • the things we buy.

There are a few tools you can use to help you calculate your carbon footprint:

Now that you've calculated your carbon footprint, take a look at our hints and tips to help you reduce your impact on the planet. Every one of us really can make a difference.

Your home

Transport and travel


Waste and recycling

Find out what waste and recycling collections are available in your area by clicking on the button below and entering your postcode.

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Enjoy your outside space

If you're part of a local environmental group or have an idea to help your area go green, you may be able to apply for a grant or funding. Our community grants and funding page tells you more.