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Michaela Strachan's top tips for families to be greener at home

We have teamed up with Michaela Strachan to bring you five top tips on how your family can make small changes that add up to a big difference for our environment.

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1. Eat less meat

Eating less meat is one way you can help the environment - so why not try having a veggie meal once a week, which you can cook together with your children.

2. Grow your own vegetables

Grow your own vegetables for your meals with an indoor hydroponic kit - these do-it-at-home sets let you grow seasonal plants all year round, and help save on plastic packaging, chemical pesticides, food miles and waste.

3. Spread the word on social media

Social media can be used as a huge drive towards change. Encourage your children to spread the word about climate change via their social media channels - create memes, look up statistics and research hashtags together to kick-start a movement amongst their friends.

4. Get a smart meter

Request a smart meter from your energy supplier at no extra cost. The handy in-home display shows your energy use in pounds and pence in near real time, which is a great way to bring the concept of energy use (and cost) in sharp focus for your children. Show them the display before and after they play their computer games, to give them an understanding of how much energy it takes to power our everyday lives. It'll definitely encourage them not to leave screens on unnecessarily.

5. Give old clothes a new lease of life

"Fast fashion" is a big source of greenhouse gas emissions. Take some of the old t-shirts you've marked for the bin and have an arts and crafts afternoon revamping them with your kids - from tie dye to turning them into pillow covers, you can really give old clothes a new lease of life. It's also worth making sure they really need that new item of clothing before you buy it.

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