The world we wish to provide our children, should be one that is as bountiful as the one that we enjoy. Resources are limited and it is our responsibility to use them wisely, so that the future can sustain itself. Conservation is the name of the game and the faster you come to terms with that fact and learn how you can make small changes and make your home and environment a greener place, you and your family will be happy.
Let’s start with the washer and dryer in your home. They suck up a lot of energy and increase your electricity bill, so learn how these tips can indeed help in making your home greener.
A few basic principles that these tips work on are: Use less electricity for washing and heating water, and try and use cold water whenever you can. Also, try and pick powders and soaps that are good for the environment and you do not have to worry about the cost and the difference is not much. So, go ahead and read up on these simple tips that will help you be eco-smart.
If there are just a few items that need to be washed, wait for a day or two, until you plug in the machine. However, if you do feel the need to wash them, then choose to operate on a shorter cycle and reduce the water level, unless the items are heavily soiled.
Do Not Over-Soap
Do not use more soap and detergent than you need. What you need to know is that more detergent will not make your cloths cleaner, in fact it will need more rinsing, therefore, increasing the load on your energy output. Try and choose detergents that are phosphate and petrochemical free or simply low in phosphate content. Spend some time looking for concentrated varieties, as do not contain any form on bulking agents and are a lot cheaper.
You Do Not Always Need Hot Water
Did you know that 80% of energy spent, is spent on heating water while washing clothes. Use cold water when you can. However, be sure to check the labels and ensure that the particular item can be washed at a lower heat. Using cold water also ensures that the emissions of greenhouse gasses is far lesser that what would be produced when using hot water.
Choose Energy and Water Efficient Washing Machines
When you are in the market to buy a washing machine, buy one that allows for water and energy efficiency. Look for the star ratings, higher the number of stars, higher is the efficiency. Front loading machines are more efficient, as they use 40% less energy, one third of the water as required by top loaders and half the detergent.
Pick the Right Size
If you have a large family, and the laundry loads are often heavy, you should choose to buy a large machine, instead of picking a small machine and washing sets of clothes in parts.
You Do Not Have to Use the Dryer All the Time
When the weather outside is conducive for a good dry, why use he dryer. Simply wash the clothes and hang them in the sun to dry.
Your laundry room should be well organized. Be sure that the room your dryer is placed in is ventilated, so that there is not much humidity. Humidity will need your dryer to use more energy to dry clothes. The lint filter too needs to be cleaned regularly to reduce energy consumption.
Simple and easy, follow these tips, and work towards leading an eco-smart life. Stay true to all aspects of your life and focus on your health as well by getting in touch with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who can help you identify diets that help you stay healthy and active. In fact, homeopathy too can help you stay in the best of health as well, so get in touch with a homeopath to learn more.