Britons who want to tackle climate change have used these eco-friendly hacks

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A survey of 2,000 adults revealed 94 percent are making an effort to be eco-friendly, by doing things like installing solar panels, using energy-efficient light bulbs and carpooling.

Collecting rainwater for plants, making wax wraps and turning ripe fruits into jams are among the more obscure methods.

Line drying towels and clothes, buying loose fruit and veg, and turning off the tap when tooth brushing are also popular ways of tackling climate change.

One in 20 adults has even bought an air source heat pump to heat their home differently, while 85 percent say becoming more sustainable and taking deliberate action to help fight climate change has become very important to them.

The study was carried out by Centrica, which is inviting communities and entrepreneurs to apply for a grant of up to £100,000 from its Energy for Tomorrow social impact fund, for initiatives that can deliver affordable, accessible and sustainable energy solutions to help tackle climate change.

Abi Robins, Director of Responsible Business at Centrica, said: Whether it’s simply recycling more, or going all out and installing solar panels, smart meters and heat pumps, any change we make will have a positive impact on the climate.

“There are also some really innovative ideas that people have to tackle climate change in their communities and our fund is the perfect way to help make their ideas a reality.”  

Researchers found moulding leftover bits of soap together, switching to a plant-based diet and cold showers are also key actions to become more eco-friendly.

And a handful of respondents polled confessed to thinking outside the box by foraging for food on holiday, upcycling orange juice cartons as bird feeders, growing seeds in old toilet roll tubes and even going nude at home to reduce wear and tear on clothing.

Over half (54 percent) of respondents believe they have become more sustainable over the last year.

Six in 10 will take at least one green action a day, while 63 percent have installed some form of smart technology in their home in order to be more eco-friendly, the most popular of which are energy-efficient lightbulbs (77 percent), a smart thermostat (29 percent), smart lighting (24 percent) and smart showerheads (22 percent).

Just over half (53 percent) of those surveyed by OnePoll think businesses should do more to tackle climate change.

And while one in five would consider turning their green hack into a business for others to benefit, 62 percent would like to see more funding for innovative ideas that tackle climate change.

Half of respondents believe that local authorities should implement more sustainable initiatives, while 48 percent have already noticed some in their local area, like e-scooters or bikes, charging points for electric vehicles, more bike lanes and recycling bins.

Despite such positive action, over two-fifths are still very worried about the effects of climate change.

And while 86 percent believe that it is important that the UK becomes carbon-neutral by 2050, only a quarter think the country will achieve this goal.

Abi Robins from Centrica added: “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we’re facing, and we believe it needs to be tackled together. Encouraging collaborative action, from local authorities, governments and businesses all the way to the individual, will bring us closer to a fairer, more sustainable future.

“By setting up and supporting sustainable initiatives, local communities can explore more innovative solutions to an ongoing issue, which can help lead to a better and cleaner planet.”

TOP 20 GREEN HACKS

  1. Using reusable carrier bags

  2. Turning off lights when leaving the room  

  3. Turning off the tap while brushing my teeth

  4. Changing to energy-efficient bulbs

  5. Line drying your towels and clothes

  6. Using a reusable water bottle  

  7. Unplugging devices when not in use

  8. Shopping locally

  9. Opting for loose veggies and fruit

  10. Choosing to walk or cycle somewhere instead of drive

  11. Washing cloths instead of binning them just because they are dirty

  12. Having shorter showers

  13. Shopping in charity shops/second hand

  14. Reusing wrapping paper

  15. Using bar soaps instead of liquid bottles

  16. Composting

  17. Washing clothes in cold temperatures

  18. Collecting rainwater for plants

  19. Opting for tins and jars that can be recycled over a plastic

  20. Growing your own fruit and veg

To find out more about the Energy for Tomorrow initiative, and to enter, please click here.

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