Lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle by going green for Earth Day. While changing your entire lifestyle may be a far stretch, there are a few things that you can do to help the planet and it starts in your own home. With Earth Day coming up this Sunday, April 22nd, this is the best time to make up for all the times you have been wasting energy. Many of us know the basics such as turning off the lights when we leave the room, and the importance of recycling but most of us aren’t aware of how much energy we actually waste with our everyday appliances.
Whether you’ve realized it or not, your laundry room takes up a lot of energy. While it is impossible to eliminate washing your clothes, there are still ways to use your appliance to save energy.
- Cut Back on the Dryer
The best way to save energy is to hang dry your garments. Air drying most of your clothes whether it is outdoors or indoors, will save you money and cut down a large amount of energy used by the dryer.
- Clean the Dryer’s Lint Filter
Cleaning the dryer’s lint filter regularly will help dry your clothing faster. If you constantly have to add time to your drying cycles check the filter because it may be clogged with lint. Airflow is essential when the drying cycle is running.
- Concentrated Laundry Detergents
Concentrated laundry detergents typically have a smaller carbon footprint than others. These lets you use less detergent during the wash cycle.
Using the microwave instead of the oven will not only cut down on time but on energy. Microwaves are efficient in cooking small portions and they are typically faster.
If you need to defrost food, putting them in the microwave is a great idea if you want to cut down on energy. If possible, you can also put food in hot water for foods to defrost without using any appliances.
Regardless of the type of range or oven, you have in your kitchen, there a few things you can do to save energy and of course, cut the cost of your electric bills.
- Don’t Open Your Oven Door
If you need to check on the food, use the oven light. Whenever you open the oven door, it releases valuable heat which will then increase your cooking time
- Use the Oven/ Range for Large Dishes
If it is possible to cook the food in the microwave, do it.
- Match the Pans to the Burner
Using a pan on a burner that doesn’t match can waste more than 40 percent of the heat that the range produces.
People often think that doing the dishes by hand saves energy than putting in a full load in the dishwasher. This is actually wrong because the running water used to wash dishes is actually not being used efficiently. While the dishwasher is more energy efficient than hand washing, 60 percent of the energy used in the dishwasher is actually taken up to heat the water.
- Scape the Food
Instead of rinsing the leftover in the sink, scrape them into the trash then proceed to load your dishwasher. This saves a lot of water in the end
- Wash in Full Loads
Running a cycle with only a few things in the dishwasher is a huge waste of energy. It is important to only run your appliance when it is at full capacity. This allows you to get the most cleaning for every dollar you spend. Make use of all of the room inside the dishwasher and fill it completely.
Thanks for reading! We hope these tips will help you in going green for Earth Day!