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Welcome to Green Our Herts

Our climate is changing but we can have a big effect by making small improvements which can also help us to save money and improve our lives. This site aims to make it easier by bringing together information on how we could reduce our impact on the environment and adapt to our changing climate.

Summer Savings

Even if you don’t have solar panels generating energy for you, then the summer is still a good time to reduce utility and energy bill costs. Ideas to reduce your bills and impact on the environment include:

  • Give your tumble dryer a rest and use a washing line
  • Longer days mean we don’t need to use lights until much later, so switch off any which are not needed and reset timers
  • On warm days open the windows first thing to bring in cooler night time air (but close them once it warms up outside to keep the heat out and keep it cooler inside)
  • Close your curtains on the sunny side of the house on hot days to keep cool
  • Keep your fridge door closed, your fridge will work harder in the summer so don’t leave the door open for longer than necessary
  • Keep a jug of cold water in the fridge to save running the tap each time
  • Install a water butt or reuse bath water to water the garden
  • Walk or cycle to work or the shops – changing your commute one day a week could save you 20% off your fuel costs
  • Avoid travelling long distances for days out and investigate local nature reserves, woodland and open spaces for events or your own nature spotting competition

If you want to make the most of the sun then you could invest in solar panelssolar water heating or sun pipes (to help light rooms with limited natural light).

How Green is Your Home?

Almost anything we do has some kind of an impact on the environment. Unfortunately most of our actions have harsher effects than we realise.

In order to lessen these effects we have researched many subjects (e.g. transport, energy and outdoor recreation) related to everyday life. From this research we have compiled the most relevant and interesting information and presented it all under one roof. To make the browsing of our website even easier we have designed an interactive house summarising the main points.

Click here to explore the greener way of living.

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Did You Know?

An un-insulated home loses around a third of its heat through its external walls. If every UK household that is suitable for cavity wall insulation installed it, we could save around £690 million and nearly 4 million tonnes of CO2 every year.
The world's per capita grain production has been on the downfall since 1985 despite the use of fertilizers and pesticides.
The human population of the world is expected to be nearly tripled by the year 2100.

Contact Us



Green Our Herts website is owned and managed by Three Rivers District Council and provides information on behalf of the Hertfordshire Sustainability Forum. For more information Contact us:.

Green Our Herts
Three Rivers District Council
Three Rivers House
Northway, Rickmansworth
Hertfordshire, WD3 1RL

01923 776611
info@greenourherts.org.uk