Climate-friendly food - Grower retailer

Cash Poor Brits are saving hundreds of pounds a year by growing green and munching on home-produced fruit and veg.

As many as a third of all households could be raising their own crops in the next few years, according to new research from DIY chain B&Q.

Their survey showed that most will save at least 200, some up to 1,000, just by growing their own.

The Reynolds family are among millions adopting the Good Life - just like Tom and Barbara in the 1970s sitcom.

Families who want to cut gas and electricity bills but can't afford technology like solar panels and insulation have been offered a helping hand.

The Environment Minister, has unveiled plans for "green loans" - which mean home-owners can borrow up to 10,000 to make their homes warmer and cheaper to run now, and pay it back from the savings on bills in the future.

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To show how easy it is, we've totted up the Reynolds' savings - comparing what it costs them to grow each item with what it costs to buy in the supermarket. There's huge differences, with carrots a tenth of the price, lettuces just a penny each and sweetcorn, tubs of strawberries and courgettes just a few pence.

Over the year, a family like them will save 500 a year and also do their bit for the environment. "For several months we are self sufficient in vegetables," said mum of two Lucy Smith.

They are quids in during the summer when the veg are in season and what they don't eat then is frozen to enjoy in the winter months.

Martin Hames of B&Q said: "Even more people will get gardening this summer. There is nothing quite like enjoying food that you have grown yourself. "Whether it's a garden, an allotment, a city centre balcony or even a windowsill, this is something everyone can do."

And new laws are being drawn up to make sure that when families move house they leave any outstanding debt behind. The new owners who benefit from the improvements will take on the loan when they move in.

The plan announced today is a critical part of the Government's proposed "green makeover" for the UK. At the moment, the UK's housing stock accounts for a quarter of our greenhouse emissions.

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Climate-friendly food - Grower retailer