Energy Efficient Cleaning Tips
The recent rise of the overall environmental consciousness helped us to realize many great things. Importance of preserving the energy is certainly one of them. Still, while we can renounce various bad habits and things we indulge ourselves with; we cannot simply renounce washing and cleaning. And, honestly, those are not the most energy-friendly activities we can have. The best way we can do then is to keep everything shining, while doing our best to reduce energy wasted in the process to minimum. If you have any uncertainties how to do this, here are few tips to set you on the right track.
- Use cold water: Did you know that almost 90% of energy consumed by average washing machine is used for heating the water? This terrible energy loss can be easily avoided, if you just simply choose to wash your clothes in cold water. You will annually save enough energy to keep your entire home running for two weeks.
- Wait until the washing machine is full: Your washing machine uses the same amount of energy, regardless of the amount of laundry loaded. Wait until your laundry piles up enough before washing. Same goes for your dishwasher.
- Use energy-efficient settings: Choose the “high spin” setting that will cut the necessary drying time and do not wash longer than 10 minutes. Also, avoid the hot “sanitary cycle”.
Use Your Dishwasher Correctly
For the start, stack the dishes correctly – inwards. Majority of dishwashers are designed so that spraying water and soap come from the middle. If the dishes are faced outwards, they will not be effectively cleaned. Second, clean the dishes of all the excess food and other debris, without using water, of course. It would be equally as wasteful. By doing this, you will ensure that dishwasher will do its job much better, and eliminate the need for the second round of washing.
Spend Less Energy While Dealing With Rugs
If your carpets and rugs are not in dire need of more thorough cleaning, you can deal with dust and debris simply by taking them outside and giving them a proper beating with a broom. If that is not the case, using the cleaner is unavoidable. Still, according to latest research a few industrial cleaners are able to completely clean, sanitize, and deodorize surfaces in your home, without using any kind of disposable material. That should help you to complete more chores at once, and save some energy in the process.
Keep an Eye on the Energy Wastes
If you are using you are using a cleaner and you need to take a short break, turn it off. If you need to take a longer break, unplug it completely. Although various house appliances use lees energy while they are in the standby, those numbers are far from satisfying. Constantly checking is everything turned off can be annoying but in the long run, it can save you a lot of money. Installing programmable thermostat and motion triggered lighting in the rooms you are not cleaning too often (such as basement), will certainly help your cause.
Increasing energy wastes are becoming very important issue of today’s tech-obsessed society. Use the tips we gave you above, and, instead of deepening this problem you will become a part of the solution. Not only you will do a great thing for the Mother Nature, you will also feel much better once your next energy bill arrives.
Author Bio: Daniel spends the most of his time doing some research on latest green solutions available on the market. This article was written in consultation with experts from Steam Australia.
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