Make Chores More Energy Efficient
From solar power to electric cars, people are keeping energy efficiency top of mind. But, you don’t have to break the bank or give up all your free time to make a difference. It’s surprising how a few small changes can make a huge impact, especially in the way you tackle household chores.
Load the Dishwasher
While it may seem counter-intuitive, loading up the dishwasher 3x a week is much more energy-efficient than hand-washing your dishes every time you use a glass, plate, fork, or spoon. Of course, if your dishwasher is vintage, it may be time to upgrade to an energy-efficient model. It could save you up to 20 percent less per load.
Choose Cold Water Cycles
Using cold water when you wash your clothes can reduce your running costs by up to 90 percent. Not only that, but it can also help reduce shrinkage and stop colours from going dull. If you have a particularly dirty load that needs hot water, make sure to have a full load, choose an economy cycle and high-spin setting.
Hang Clothes to Dry
While it may be easier to throw wet clothes in the dryer, it uses a whole lot of energy and takes its toll on your clothes. Hanging them on a clothesline is much more energy-efficient, especially in the summer when you can hang them outside. Save the dryer for occasional use, clean out the lint trap to improve air circulation, and use the highest spin setting when you wash.
Buy a Broom
Go back to basics with a classic broom to clean wooden or tiled floors. A carpet sweeper is a great alternative for carpets. Using the vacuum less will naturally save energy. When you do need to vacuum, look for an energy-efficient setting and clean out the bag regularly to make sure the suction is at its best.
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