Ever since mechanization has played a role in almost everything we do, household chores have become energy-intensive. We have washers and dryers, dishwashers, steam vacuums and robot vacuums, electric air fresheners and more to do things that were once accomplished without plugging anything into the wall.
As we as conscious consumers shift to greener lifestyles, it’s a good idea to think about how we could get our jobs done without sucking up electricity. While we’re at it, we might find that some jobs are easier (and certainly cheaper) to accomplish without relying on machines. Sometimes elbow grease is always the best answer.
Changing the way we do things and the products we buy to do them can help us save energy, money and the planet.
1. Air drying clothes
Drying clothes takes a lot of energy, and except in extremely rainy and humid situations, we can accomplish the same thing without using electricity. Clotheslines in sunny spots in the yard can get the job done very quickly and without causing wrinkles. Plus, there’s that naturally wonderful “fresh air” smell rather than the chemically created versions. Even on rainy days, drying racks, aka drying racks or laundry virgins, can be installed indoors, and if placed next to air conditioning or heating vents, the air passing them traverse will dry the clothes without any additional energy.
2. DIY cleaners
Cleaning products are neither good for the environment nor for our health. They tend to have an abundance of questionable chemicals, and each product these days seems to have a highly specialized task. Moreover, they require an enormous amount of energy to be processed, bottled, packaged and shipped. Instead, we can make all of our own effective cleansers at home with just a few natural ingredients. It’s safer, cheaper and more environmentally friendly, and it’s faster than driving to the supermarket. Doesn’t that make sense?
3. Cold water
One of the biggest sources of energy is heating things, like water. Although hot water cycles in the washing machine may work best for heavily soiled clothes, most of the time our clothes don’t get as dirty, especially if we only wear them once to the office or at school. Instead of using hot water by default, use cold water washes and rinses as standard and hot water only when a deep clean is needed. The same goes for washing and rinsing dishes.
Sweeping sometimes seems like a thing of the past. Now, when our kitchens, bathrooms, and hardwood floors need cleaning, we pull out a different kind of vacuum to get the job done. Obviously, brooms have done a pretty good job for centuries. Plus, there are power-less sweepers that will get the job done and clean carpets and low-lying carpets to boot. Vacuum cleaners and steam cleaners are simply not necessary to use all the time.
5. Full loads
Machines have made some things more convenient, but the way we have come to use them has become just as useless. Half-full dishwashers and mostly empty washing machines require both a lot of energy to run and a lot of water to run. It’s good practice to only run these appliances when they’re full, getting the most clean stuff for the energy and water needed to run them. This makes their use more convenient and saves energy and resources.
6. Cook in batches
Forget the culture of single-serving packages and airplane food. When we cook one meal at a time, and especially if it’s for each member of the family, we use a lot of extra energy. Instead, it’s a good idea to cook big meals from ingredients instead of cans, enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day, and cut down on the work. This also applies to the preparation of coffee. Coffee machines require energy, and brewing one cup at a time consumes extra energy and creates unnecessary waste. It is better to make a pot for everyone.
7. High efficiency devices
Maybe we can’t all rush out to replace all our devices with the newest, greenest versions of themselves, and neither should we (it would be a huge waste of resources and money). energy in itself.) But, we can make the transition to more energy-efficient devices. Whenever we need to replace something, we can opt for more environmentally friendly options. This will encourage businesses to continue on the green path and reward them for doing so.
While it’s easy to get mad at politicians and industrial plants for all the damage they cause, the fact is, in our own homes, we’re often in the driver’s seat. In other words, we should also set high standards for ourselves and therefore set a good example of what we would like those in power to do.
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