Saving the planet can seem like a daunting task, and you may not know how or where to start. However, it can be so simple. This blog post talks about ways to save the planet with your appliances. It can all start with small changes made in the comfort of your own home, which can result in big impacts, for you and the planet.
Here are a few bits of advice you can start to implement in your homes today, and help to save the planet!
1. Take a bath instead of a shower
Research has shown that the average shower uses twice the amount of water as a bath, so try switching your shower for a relaxing bath. If you don’t have a bath, turn down the settings on your power shower to reduce the amount of water used.
2. Washing machine temperature
Instead of washing your clothes at a high temperature, try washing them at 30-40 degrees. This will not only make a wash more cost-effective in terms of energy use but could help eliminate stains. Often washing at a high temperature will help to set stains into materials, meaning they are harder to get out.
3. Hang your clothes outside
While the weather is warmer, hang your clothes outside to dry instead of using the tumble dryer. This is much more energy and cost effective and you can make use of the good weather in spring and summer. If the weather isn’t that great, use a drying rack and use the heat from your house to air dry your clothes.
4. Heating your house
Adjust your thermostat with the weather and utilise your timer settings. Try to leave it at a low level rather than constantly adjusting it with hot and cold blasts. This is a lot more energy efficient and will reduce your heating bills in the long run. Another tip: After using the oven, leave the door open allowing the heat from the oven to warm the house.
5. Use energy saving light bulbs
Switch out your regular light bulbs for energy saving light bulbs. They last on average 10 times longer than normal light bulbs and use less energy overall.
6. Reduce your ironing time
To reduce the time it takes you to iron your clothes, iron them as soon as you take them out the dryer when they are still warm, so there are fewer creases.
7. Fill your freezer up
If your freezer is empty, when you open the door it quickly fills up with warm air. This means it has to work harder to cool it back down. Whereas if your freezer is full, when you open the door there is less room for the warm air, so works more efficiently and uses less energy.
8. Don’t leave your appliances on standby
Try to make sure you turn appliances off instead of leaving them on standby. To go that extra step, make sure to unplug any appliances or chargers that aren’t in use, as some of them use energy even when they aren’t even being used. Once you get into the habit of doing this trick it will become second nature to you.
9. Washing your dishes
Fill your dishwasher to its maximum and use an eco-cycle setting. This saves more water than washing dishes by hand. In addition, don’t pre-soak the dishes, just scrape off any access food then load them in the dishwasher.
10. Utilise your microwave
Where you can, try and use your microwave to cook your food. When using a microwave you only use 20% of the energy that is used when you run an oven. However, if you are using your oven, try and cook multiple dishes together as a more efficient method.
11. Repair your appliances
When your appliance breaks, instead of forking out and buying a new one straight away, look into trying to fix it yourself. There are many videos online to help you fix every type of appliance. Fixing your appliance means you don’t have to dispose of your old one, which is another way you are helping to save the planet. However not all appliances can be fixed, so if you do need to buy a new one, look out for new eco-friendly models.
These are just a few ways which you can reduce the amount of energy your household uses. Whilst implementing these tips you can also read the 10 golden rules to keep your appliances running efficiently.
Most of these ideas are simple and you can substitute them into your daily lives without it being too much of a drastic change. Implementing these steps will not only help with the bigger picture, which is saving the planet, but you should be able to see a reduction in your energy bills. Looks after the pennies and the pounds look after themselves!