How We Use Less – Part 4

For non-consumables and longer life products we tend to buy the biggest box or bottles available and then decant it down into smaller usable containers for the day to day usage. By buying in bulk you are effectively using less packaging which is much more environmentally friendly.

Emergency Lighting – Are you compliant?

In 2016 the Health and Safety Executive amended the emergency (BS 5266-1) for all business-related buildings across the UK (but also multi-storey dwellings). In this blog we will cover some of the main areas you need to be aware of and how we can help you.

Bring Your Own Container Shops

As we the great British public become more and more aware of the damage, we humans cause to our planet, it is good to see that the high street is now playing host to some very eco stores.

Winter is coming… Let’s get ready

The trees have begun to change colour and our sea of green will soon be gone and before you know it, we will be celebrating over the festive period.
Help save yourself some money this winter by following some of our simple tricks and tips.

How can The Cost Reduction Company & Using Less Stuff help your business?

To put it simply, we review your current costs and contracts, and report back to you on any cost savings we can make for you. With your go ahead we will then manage the project from start to finish.

How we Use Less – Part 3

This week, we continue our series about How We Use Less, and look at the steps we take to reduce our consumption in the Office. Most of these tips and tricks are easy to do but requires a change in our habits.

A new opportunity – Joining CRC as a partner

And now more than ever schools and businesses across the UK will be looking to reduce their costs and as an experienced business we are well placed to help.
As a partner you can help them with tariff/contract renewals, green consumption reducing products

A bigger issue than spilt milk

You may well be aware of the oil spill in Mauritius, but you may not understand why it is so serious. On the 25th July, the Japanese tanker, MV Wakashio ran aground causing some of its 4000-ton load of oil to spill out into the Indian ocean.

How we Use Less Stuff – Part 2

Food Shopping – this was probably my hardest challenge. How to reduce what I buy and waste when it comes to food. We are still not perfect, and we do still sadly waste food, but we have reduced our shopping spend and reduced how much we waste.

The aftermath

So, from more recent reports from the BBC it’s looking as if the pandemic has definitely had a positive impact on the environment and continues to be a much needed break for nature

How do we Use Less

Hello, yes so, I started becoming more environmentally conscious about two or three years ago and have slowly begun to add more things into my day to day life to reduce my impact on the environment. I guess I will just go through the steps I have taken.

Max out on government funding

Things are looking up for school’s as the government pledges £1bn over the next ten years towards ‘crumbling’ schools.

It’s time to plan ahead

Changing your habits now will lead you in good stead for when it really matters and come October, you’ll be a pro! There are several different ways to do this and we have compiled a list of eight top tips to help you.

Back to school? How do you feel about it?

As the number of new corona virus cases appear to be reducing, lockdown measures have begun to lift slowly. This includes certain year groups going back to school. This is (of course) an optional move and many parents have decided not to send their kids back for fear of a further spread of the pandemic.

The Double Spread – Social Distancing and the Environment

The onslaught of this sudden reaction does not only have health implications, it also has environmental consequences. We were finally giving our planet a break (even if it did take a global pandemic for this to happen), and carbon emissions are at an all-time low,

When the kids are away, can we still save over the summer?

So, two key things to look at, first, the price of energy, a quick effective way in the short term to save money. Secondly, consumption, the less we consume, the less we spend.

We have a conundrum…

It seems that since the outbreak of Covid-19, cars seem to have given way to other, more environmentally friendly modes of transport such as walking and cycling. Granted this is because there are a lot less people going into work due to the governments lockdown restrictions and people are taking up new healthy hobbies, but it is giving the environment a much-needed rest

Coronavirus (COVID-19):Have you truly switched off?

With Boris Johnson announcing the UK’s official Lockdown on 23rd March due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many of you will have been used to working from home for a while now. You may well have got past the initial shock and stress of this very unusual situation, and adapted to […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Saving Energy on a Lockdown Part II

Saving Energy at Home The UK is now officially under a lockdown. People are urged to stay at home and only leave for the essentials. People are worried about their finances and how they are going to afford the coming months. Where possible, cutting costs is a great way to […]

Coronavirus – The Silver Lining

Finding a light in the dark Nothing can take away the pain and disruption we are all experiencing from the coronavirus pandemic. Quite literally, we are all in this together. As schools and businesses around the globe close their doors and with futures uncertain, it’s difficult to find the light […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Saving Energy on a Lockdown

Saving Household Energy During a Lockdown By now you have heard about the Coronavirus. Unfortunately, it is spreading rapidly and will continue to do so for some time. The likelihood of a lockdown is somewhat inevitable, and we all need to prepare ourselves for this outcome. Many utilities and telecommunications […]

Where does all the plastic go?

The Plastic Pollution Problem Over 300 million tons of plastic is produced each year and half of this is for single-use purposes. Products with a lifespan less than a minute can take up to 1,000 years to degrade in landfills. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the […]

Companies taking a stance to reduce their environmental impact

What companies are doing their bit for the environment? More companies are beginning to shift their stance towards environmental policies. These companies have understood the importance of social responsibility and the need to change. Not only is this better for running costs and helping companies keep up with compliance requirements […]

You are what you eat

How food is impacting the environment Studies have proven that what we eat can have a big effect on the environment. The world’s food system is responsible for a quarter of the harmful greenhouse gases contributing to climate change every year. The impact by the food system is complex and […]

Climate Change in 2020

We are currently witnessing a scale of destruction that is devastating and terrifying. As we begin a new decade, we are already experiencing disastrous events which are having catastrophic effects on our livelihood, the environment and the future of the planet. We want to highlight the scale of damage and […]

5 Methods to become an Eco-school

School’s around the UK have already begun to make incremental changes into their eco-habits. The message of sustainability has never been clearer, and we should all now have some understanding of why we need to adapt our current lifestyle habits for greener choices. School’s have a significant impact on the […]

Tap Water vs Bottled Water

The Alternatives to Buying Bottled Water The UK’s water supply is among the best in the world. Yet many simply refuse to drink water from the tap due to the fear of the horrors within. If you don’t like to drink from the tap but are conscious of the amount […]

Living Sustainably: The 5 R’s

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Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

5 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Emissions We all want to live greener lives and know that we should be using less plastic, water and food. But most importantly, fewer emissions. Reducing your carbon emissions is a great place to start in your journey to using less. Keep reading for […]

Using Less Stuff

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7 Apps to Boost Sustainability

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Why Using Less Stuff is Important

The Importance of Using Less Stuff The principle of Using Less Stuff is of greatest importance than it has ever been. As we enter a new decade, we are fully aware of the responsibilities we have to the planet for life to continue to thrive. Understanding why using less stuff […]

Sustainable Resolutions

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19 Eco-Friendly Outcomes for 2019

What did 2019 do for the environment? 2019 has seen phenomenal progress in the steps to combat climate change. A new wave of young activists has emerged helping to inspire and begin to change the future of the planet for the better. Technologies to tackle the effects already caused by […]

6 Tips For Unwanted Gifts

Don’t Just Throwaway Your Unloved Gifts This Christmas It is not uncommon to receive a present we don’t like at Christmas. In fact, it is estimated that 21 million British adults receive at least one unwanted gift each Christmas. Instead of throwing these away, consider doing something more ethical and […]

School’s Out For Christmas

Your Easy Checklist For The Holidays With school out for the Christmas holidays, it is the perfect time to stop energy waste. Doing this will save you money and prevent you from coming back to unnecessary energy bills. Check out our guide below with our top tips to save you […]

7 Energy Saving Tips at Christmas

How to Save Energy in Your Household This Christmas Christmas can be an expensive time of year, however, by following these energy-saving tips you are sure to save a few pounds! Below are 7 tips to help you to reduce the amount of energy you are using, the money you […]

Food Waste at Christmas

Food Waste at Christmas Christmas is a time for giving but sadly it is also a time for wasting. Food waste is a big problem in the UK, especially at Christmas. Last year it was estimated that 4.2 million Christmas dinners were thrown in the bin across the UK. This […]

Recycling Over Christmas Do’s and Don’ts

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5 Swaps For an Eco-Christmas

Follow Our Guide to Make Your Christmas More Environmentally Friendly With Our Christmas Swaps Do you want to save the planet’s natural resources? But you don’t want to be known as the man who ruined Christmas? Then follow our guide for some eco-friendly Christmas swaps you can implement into your […]

The Truth on The UK’s Climate Election

The Climate Debate: Who, What, How? Climate change has moved considerably up the priority list of issues surrounding the 2019 General Election. This theme was common amongst younger voters with a YouGov poll showing that 45% of 18 to 24-year olds put the environment as their second biggest concern after […]

The Truth About Food Waste

How to Prevent Food Waste in Your Home Food waste is a huge problem around the world. With one-third of the world’s food wasted each year (which is the equivalent to 1.3 billion tons) this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Consequently, it goes without saying, that something needs to be […]

Winterproof Your Home

How to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter Winter is coming. Whilst we can’t promise to stop it from getting cold outside, we can give you some tips to keep it cosy inside. There are lots of simple things you can do to keep your home toasty this winter. Here […]

Using Less in Your Office

How to Use Less Stuff at Work There are multiple opportunities for you to make your office more environmentally friendly. From changing lighting systems through to turning the thermostat down. There are so many ways that you can make your office green. But what are some simple things you can […]

Changing Behaviours – Think Green

How to Change Behaviours in the Workplace to Think More Green Over recent years going green has become a hot topic. But what does it mean and how does it affect businesses? Going green is a lifestyle change. There is an increase in consumer demand to go green and companies […]

Tech Saving The Planet

3 Technologies Benefiting the Environment We may argue that technology has caused the environment more harm than good. Now, more than ever, the invention of new technology can make drastic changes to the world we live in. It can help to protect our eco-systems, increase sustainability and reduce our overall […]

The Truth About Smart Meters

What Are Smart Meters? Smart meters measure energy use and unlike your regular gas or electricity meter, it sends the data straight to your energy supplier. They are considered “smart” because they can provide detailed and accurate data on electrical usage in our homes in real-time or at predetermined intervals, […]

Saving Water in Daily Life

Why Saving Water Matters Saving water saves you money, is better for the environment, climate change and in securing our water supplies. As humans, we are so wasteful of our own resources and sometimes don’t think about the consequences of our careless behaviour. Especially as water is so readily available […]

Meat Free Schools

The Controversy Behind Meat Free Schools To celebrate World Vegan Day, today’s blog is dedicated to the School’s who have joined the meatless society and to inspire others who are keen to make a difference . There is constant news coverage highlighting how detrimental meat is for our planet and […]

Five Frightful Electrical Appliances

Five Frightful Electrical Appliances That Could Be Eating Up Your Energy Bill Spooky season is officially upon us, from haunted houses to horror films, Halloween can be one of the scariest nights of the year. But your energy bill doesn’t need to be quite so frightful. Take a look at […]

Plastic in Teabags… What’s next?

Plastic in Tea Bags… What’s next? Brits consume on average an impressive 165 million cups of tea a day! But did you know that most tea bags we use contain a plastic called polypropylene? This makes these tea bags noncompostable. Seeing as 96% of us tea-drinkers choose tea bags rather […]

10 Tips to Save Energy in Schools

10 Top Tips to Help Save Energy in Schools Schools use a lot of energy, most of this is wasted. What’s worse is that it’s not just energy being wasted but your money too! As budgets are limited, it’s important to take control of your energy usage and to start […]

ULS Team End of Term Report

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Communications: Letter to Parents

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Explaining Using Less Stuff

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Starting Questionnaire

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LED Lighting Advantages

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In Depth Cost Audit Questions

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“My Bit” Summary of Commitment

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Top 10 Energy Tips

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The Using Less Stuff (ULS) Team

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Standby Lesson Plan

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“My Bit” Commitment Form

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PC Lesson Plan

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Department Head Commitment Form

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Cup of Tea Lesson Plan

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The 3 R’s – Reduce. Reuse. Recycle

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Communications from Head

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Using Less Stuff (Energy 3)

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Using Less Stuff (Energy 2)

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Using Less Stuff (Energy 1)

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What are Water Source Heat Pumps?

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Ground source heat pumps

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Using Less Stuff (Water 1)

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Using Less Stuff (Stationery 1)

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Using Less Stuff (Waste 1)

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