Study looks at greener living

Homebase and the Eden Project have launched a year-long investigation into sustainable living.

The project - 21st-century Living - is designed to discover how consumers use energy, recycling, waste and water, and to look at the practical lifestyle changes they could make, such as low-energy light bulbs or installing a water butt.

During the study, 100 volunteer families' homes will be assessed and audited for their carbon footprint and sustainability levels. A start-up pack with advice will be supported by a website offering practical tips.

The volunteers will also receive £500 from Homebase to spend on ecologically sound home products.

The results of the study will help Homebase develop new eco-products and the knowledge gained will be shared with industry, government, academia and consumers.

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