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Green contacts

Whether you're looking for ideas on how to get started in your greener lifestyle, or advice on a specific green project, use our list of organisations and websites below.

1. Energy-saving tips

Find out more about saving energy, money and the environment in your home.

Energy Saving Trust
Top ten energy-saving tips

2. Composting and wormeries

Home composting and wormeries not only reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill sites, but create great fertilizers for the garden. Find out how to get involved.

Recycle Now

BBC Gardening

London Compost Network
Support and advice for people involved in composting.

Ecodyi's guide to composting
How to make compost in four easy steps.

Wiggly Wigglers - composting FAQs

3. Recycling

Reduce, re-use, recycle - in that order. The following links will help.

Mailing Preference Service
Reduce your junk mail by registering with this free service.

Waste Connect
Search for a recycling point local to you.

Recycling Guide

Recycle Now

A community-based forum for people to give away things they no longer need, for free. .

Give or Take
Free recycling communities.

4. Seasonal and organic food

Reduce the number of miles your food travels to your plate by buying local produce that's in season.

A brief overview of organic farming.

Soil Association
Information and advice on organic food.

Buy Local Food
Search facility for finding locally produced food in South-east England.

Certified Farmers' Markets
Search for a farmers' markets local to you.

Eat the Seasons
Information, tips and recipe ideas.

BBC Food
Seasonal recipes from BBC chefs.

Times Online: Organic Box Finder
Find an organic box scheme in your area.

5. Grow your own

Reduce your food miles to food metres by growing your own fruit and vegetables, with help from the following websites and organisations:

BBC Gardening

Garden Organic

Royal Horticultural Society

Help and advice on finding and growing on an allotment.

Food Vision
Group projects and initiatives around the country for growing your own food.

6. Green energy providers

Since 2002, all UK electricity companies are obligated by the government to provide an increasing percentage of their electricity from renewable sources. The companies listed below are among those that exceed these requirements.

Green Electricity Marketplace
Information on the green electricity tariffs available to UK domestic customers, with online sign-up for selected tariffs.

Government advice on renewable energy.

7. Solar energy

You can use less energy by harnessing the sun's rays, either by way of solar panelling or solar voltaic panels.

Energy Saving Trust
How renewable energy works.

BBC Climate Change - solar power

Energy Saving Trust
List of UK-accredited solar pv and solar water-heating installers.

Also, see the grants section below.

8. Wind energy

Find out more information about wind energy.

The British Wind Energy Association
Frequently asked questions and information about wind farms.

Energy Saving Trust
Information about using wind energy in your home, plus a list of UK-accredited wind turbine installers.

See also the grants section below.

9. Grants

It's worth investigating whether you're entitled to a grant or financial help from your local council before you embark on any green projects.

Energy Saving Trust grants

Heat Project

10. Home insulation and glazing

One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to save energy is by properly insulating your home.

Energy Saving Trust
Options for insulating your home.

Also see the grants section above.

11. Biodiesel

If your car uses diesel rather than petrol, buying or making your own biodiesel could be a viable green option.

Environment Agency
Information, laws and regulations for making your own biodiesel.

Biodiesel filling stations
Stations around the UK where you can buy biodiesel.

12. Travel and transport

Many local councils are pulling out all the stops to make walking, cycling and taking public transport a more viable option - find out how below. And if you can't be persuaded to leave your car at home, follow the fuel-saving tips on the websites below:

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)
Advice on greener car use, public transport, low-impact holidays and alternative fuels.

Information, advice and resources for alternative transport in the UK.

Walk to school

Share a Car



Carshare Wales

Find out how to get a tax-free bike for work.

Cycling England
The Federation of Cycle Campaign Groups

Cycle Campaign Network

Responsible Travel
Reduce your carbon emissions when you travel.

Holidays Without Flying
Find out how you can have a holiday abroad without flying.

13. Eco-product alternatives

Information on green alternatives available in the UK, including green homes, holidays, gardening, gadgets, courses and cars

Information on products such as eco-paints, lime plaster and other green materials.

A construction industry's guide to sustainable buildings.

Information and advice on environmentally-friendly paints from GreenChoices.

Information on eco-friendly toiletries and cosmetic products available.

14. Useful green sites

Find out how your lifestyle is affecting the environment.

The National Energy Foundation

Global Cool

Environment Agency - Energy

Green Gauge

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