Queen of Easy Green shares her top energy saving tips with EnergyRethinking.org

Did you know that in the UK, we throw away 8.3 million tonnes of food from our homes every year  and that the average family with children wastes up to £680 worth of food a year, that’s £50 a month!

In fact, every year, the average dustbin contains enough unrealised energy for 500 baths, 3500 showers or 5,000 hours of television.

Now when times are lean, it’s vital we get the most value out of our food and our money, so where better to start looking at how we can save money in the home, than to start with our bins. Yes, you heard me, our bins.

That’s exactly what I’ve just been doing for the Walker family in Watford. Energyrethinking.org, the consumer facing site of the Energy Saving Trust / Shell / Michelin, invited me over to share my easy green tips to help regular families like the Walker’s save energy and money in their home.

From freezing bogofs to date labelling – there are so many easy ways in which we can get the most from our food and our money.

So come and join me, in the bin!

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Anthony Davison

If we got more involved with growing and cooking food we would not waste as much. People buy too much when they at the supermarket often seduced by Bogofs. “Oh I might need that if little Johnny get hungry”. If people cooked more they would feel more confident in cooking a snack from fresh ingredients. What could be better at this time of year than picking some home grown Corn on the Cob and cooking it to be ready in 10 minutes.

If no garden us your local farm shop or local shop to be found on http:www.bigbarn.co.uk

Or if you have a big garden Crop for your local Shop so local people can buy your fresh, best, produce. http://www.bigbarn.co.uk/aboutus/crop.php


I agree with your comment about people needing to be more confident around food, growing, cooking, nutrition, experimenting with flavours etc, it’s such a shame Home Economics isn’t taught in all of our schools like it was in my day! With regard to BOGOF’s (especially with fresh meat) to ensure there’s no waste and to benefit from the ‘bargain’ price, these can be popped straight in the freezer, for use on another day. I love growing my own and farmshops, BigBarn is a great organisation and something we would love to be associated with. Thanks again for your comments, Lyndsey

Mark Brock

I really don’t understand the obsession supermarkets have with BOGOF/multibuy offers. If they just gave an equivalent discount on the unit price, they would still shift more stock without encouraging people to buy more than they can use – and those who can use/freeze/store more product can still save money, along with those who only want a single item.

I complained about this to Ocado – where I buy most of my groceries – and in spite of their boasts about food waste, got the stock “we’ll pass your comments on to the marketing department” reply. I think an e-mail to one of the directors might be in the offing – it’s amazing how often a simple “joe.bloggs@company.com” works!


Yes, it would be interesting to find out what the motivation is behind the BOGOF offers, rather than doing, as you point out, reducing the price of single units. We don’t even benefit from reduced packaging with multi-buys, in fact, sometimes the packaging is increased when the single units are re-packed together.

Good luck with Ocado, people-power does work, just look at what Hugh FW and Jamie Oliver achieved when the public got behind them.


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