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 Cut those heating and cooling bills  Insulate and draught-proof your house  Replace gas heating with reverse cycle air conditioning  Replace gas or electric hot water heaters with a heat pump  Don’t buy new unless necessary     Switch to LED lights    They should last at least 10 years, especially if you turn them off when you don’t need them Not only are they energy efficient (and therefore cost ef- fective), but they reduce the load on the electricity grid when renewable energy is least available Go renewable!     Make it last! Keep cars, heating/cooling systems, appli- ances, electronics (and your clothing!) well maintained When necessary, buy energy efficient / high quality prod- ucts from companies that support a low-carbon future Buy second hand Investigate getting solar panels on your house: a good investment as well as reducing carbon emissions Buy shares in new cooperatively owned wind, solar or hy- droelectric plants that are looking for finance. Support renewable energy projects through carbon offsets Green your home and garden    Plant trees, climbers and wall shrubs: besides soaking up CO2, these leafy coverings help insulate homes in winter (reducing heating bills) and keep them cooler in summer. Grow your own organic food: reduce the distance your food travels before it hits your plate, and save water and fossil fuels. Grow plants for wildlife, especially natives - Barbara Burns References: carbon-footprint Carbon Action Project 10 1 March 2020