1. Give your child a good start in life. Use washable cloth nappies instead of disposables to save on waste. The real nappy campaign is on 0845 850 0606.
2. Minimise the amount of waste you produce and recycle as much as you can, including paper, glass, cans and plastic. Waste Aware Scotland is on 01786 468248.
3. Buy a roll of sticky labels so you can easily re-use envelopes instead of throwing them away.
4. Mark junk mail Return To Sender and post it back. Or avoid it by registering with the Mailing Preference Service. Write to Freepost 22, London, W1E 7EZ.
5. Do a home energy check with the Energy Saving Trust. Just answer some simple questions about your home and they’ll give you a free, impartial report telling you how you can save up to £300 a year on your household energy bills. Phone 0800 512 012.
6. It may sound obvious but make sure when it’s cold, that all doors and windows are shut to keep in the heat. Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.
7. Cut draughts by blocking unused chimneys with a chimney balloon. Simple but amazingly effective.
8. Turn your central heating thermostat down by one degree centigrade and put on more clothing when you feel the cold. This could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £40 per year.
9. Turn off all lights, including fluorescent ones, when they are not needed, and make good use of natural light.
10. Switch off your TV, your computer and any other electrical equipment when you’re not using them. Don’t leave them on standby.
11. Don’t leave your mobile phone, iPod or other gadgets on charge for longer than necessary.
12. Fit energy-efficient light bulbs. They cost more but last up to 12 times longer than ordinary bulbs and can save up to £100 over the lifetime of the bulb.
13. Make sure your washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher are full before you turn them on. If you have to do half-loads, use the economy programme.
14. Make sure your loft is well insulated, and draughtproof your doors and windows. Make sure your hot water tank is properly lagged. Messy but money saving. The Energy Saving Trust is on 0845 727 7200.
15. Fix dripping taps and always turn the tap off as you are brushing your teeth.
17. Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones to cut down on waste.
18. Put lids on saucepans while cooking to save heat, and retain flavour.
19. Boil only the water you need, rather than filling the kettle every time. This can save a lot of electricity – but make sure you cover the element.
20. Refuse new bags in shops and reuse old ones, or take a cloth bag. Give plastic bags back to your supermarket for recycling.
21. Use environmentally friendly cleaning products which don’t pollute rivers and lochs with phosphates.
22. Heat small meals in a microwave oven to save energy.
23. Use plastic storage boxes rather than bags and plastic wrap for lunches and picnics to reduce waste.
24. Drink tap or filtered water, not bottled. It’s cheaper, just as good and reduces the need for packaging.
25. Cook more fresh food – it means using less packaging. And it tastes nicer and is better for you.
26. Grow some of your own food in a garden or allotment. There are few things more rewarding than unearthing home-grown potatoes and eating them.
27. Buy organic local produce from nearby shops and farmers’ markets. Avoid the big supermarket chains like the plague.
28. Investigate switching your power supply to a generator that promises renewable electricity.
29. Make compost from your biodegradable kitchen waste and use it on your garden. Warm, reeking, rich.
30. Put a bird feeder or nesting box outside your window. Think about the future while you sit and watch the birdies.
31. Use water butts to collect the rain from roofs, then use it to water your garden.
32. Check the label when buying new appliances to check they use water and energy efficiently. The Energy Saving Trust is on 0845 7277200.
33. Buy products made from sustainably produced wood to help preserve the world's endangered forests. A certification scheme is run by the Forestry Stewardship Council.
34. Buy products made from recycled material.
35. Send electronic cards rather than paper cards at Christmas and birthdays.
36. Take things you no longer need to a charity shop.
37. Use a cloth hankie instead of tissues. It takes six million trees to make a year’s worth of tissues for the world.
38. Shop less, and use libraries more. Chill.
40. Get to the continent by train via the channel tunnel, instead of flying or driving. And take the train or sleeper to London instead of the shuttle. You might enjoy it more. National rail inquiries are on 08457 48 49 50.
41. Don’t buy a car. If you must drive, obey the speed limit, fully inflate your tyres and use a low-polluting vehicle. The Environmental Transport Association is on 0800 212 810.
42. Take a holiday in Scotland instead of flying abroad. It’s a stunning beautiful country. See Visit Scotland for information on what to see and where to stay.
43. Educate yourself. Read Save Cash And Save the Planet by Friends of the Earth (Collins, 2005, ISBN 0-00-719420-x).
47. Get political. Make your second vote green at the 2007 Scottish election.
49. Organise or join a protest against an environmentally damaging proposal like a road, airport or nuclear plant. Agitate for change.
50. Depart the Earth with a clean, green conscience. Arrange for a natural burial in a cardboard coffin. Phone 0871 288 2098 for details.