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Is Sustainable Living becoming the new trend in lifestyle choices?

Sustainable living today is that which involves a person’s relationship to the Earth and the natural resources used by that person. Sustainable living has a different definition for each of its supporters; however the basic concept is living in way that leaves natural resources for future generations. To accomplish this goal, people must not demand to consume more resources than are available, and in some cases even have a positive effect on natural resources by helping to replenish them. By not overusing resources, they are given the opportunity to naturally replenish themselves.

Supporters of sustainable living often refer to a person’s ‘carbon footprint’ as the effect that their lifestyle has on Earth. One of the main beliefs of sustainable living is reducing one’s carbon footprint. This is done by through changes in diet, transportation and energy consumption. Practising sustainable agriculture; choosing to use public transportation, driving a car that gives good/economical mileage, taking a cloth bag to the supermarket, instead of using paper or plastic, changing cfl light bulbs to LEDs, and showering, instead of taking a bath, are good baseline ways to reduce someone’s carbon footprint.

In December 2006 the Code for Sustainable Homes was introduced by the government. The Code is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. It aims to reduce our carbon emissions and create homes that are more sustainable. The Code became operational in April 2007 in England, and having a Code rating for new build homes mandatory, from 1st May 2008.

For more information visit… which gives you not only a downloadable pdf ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’ it also provides you with case study examples and further reading.

There are a number of things you can do around the house to save on energy and energy costs, we provide some useful tips to the things you can do to save energy, conserve water and save costs. We have identified Simple Steps to Energy Efficiency on our website:

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You can go to our Green DIY Pages and read more on reducing your environmental footprint, improve your energy efficiency and build sustainably. You’ll find the information and a host of suppliers to get you started at

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