Why live greener?

Welcome to Greener Scotland

Tackling climate change can seem like a daunting one, but a series of small, simple changes in your everyday routine can help.

Progressing Together

We're all about teamwork here at Greener Scotland, which is why we feel we can do much more for greener living if we all work together.

With help from the households who have contacted Home Energy Scotland, we’re already saving 4.4 million tonnes of CO2. But we think we can do more, which is why we have lots of tips and tricks to help you save energy in your home, reduce food waste, enjoy tasty in-season food, use greener travel or even learn to eco-drive, and join us in building a greener Scotland together. For more information on how to put your greener plans to action, contact our Greener Scotland advice team.

Find out more about the facts and science behind climate change by visiting the Met Office or Committee on Climate Change websites.

What can I do right now?

Here are a few things we can all do right now that can make a big difference:

  • Turn down your thermostat

    The winter months will often have us reaching for our cosiest clothes and turning the thermostat up, but we end up wasting energy that way. By turning it down by 1 degree not only will you still be cosy, it could save you up to £80 to £85 a year in a typical, gas-heated semi.
  • Walk or cycle

    No one's asking you to be the next Bradley Wiggins, or even walk the West Highland Way, but choosing to leave the car and walk on shorter journeys keeps you fitter and healthier, and helps the environment too.
  • Wash at 30°C

    There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh laundry. Well, perhaps smaller fuel bills. Turn down your washing machine to 30°C and you’ll not only save energy and money, you’ll be kinder to your clothes too.
  • Use up your food

    If the way to your heart is through your stomach, we’ve got some brilliant suggestions to get creative with your leftovers. By using up your food and planning mealtimes, you could save up to £470 each year and help Scotland fight Climate Change.

You may already be making a big difference in helping us build a Greener Scotland. Explore our Greener Topics and find out more about Home Energy, Greener Travel, Eating Greener, Food Waste, Reduce Reuse Recycle.