When you’re pottering around the house doing your basic household chores, there’s a good chance you’re wasting a fair bit of energy and increasing your carbon footprint significantly. However, with just a few changes to your chores you could save yourself some money on your utility bills whilst also doing your bit for the environment.
Only Do Full Loads of Washing
It can be tempting to put a wash on even if you only have a few items, particularly if some of your favourite items are sat there ready to be washed! However, by doing lots of small washes, you’re wasting a lot of energy, and so try and do full washes as often as possible. The same principle applies to the dishwasher – wait until it’s full rather than run it every day.
Dial Down Your Dishwasher
This is something that most people won’t have even considered but it can actually make a fair amount of difference. If your dishwasher is set to 65°C then just by turning it down to 55°C you will reduce CO2 output from 84kg per year down to 51 kg. You can also turn your washing machine down. Washing clothes at 30°C uses around 40% less energy, so unless you have particularly dirty clothes, try turning it down.
Dry Clothes Outside
Tumble dryers are one of the most energy-hungry appliances in the home, producing around 159 kg of CO2 a year, three times more than a washing machine. Where possible you should try hanging your clothes on a washing line outside to dry, although this isn’t possible, obviously. When it’s raining you can try hanging them over a clothes maiden, and if you happen to have the heating on then they’ll dry even quicker.
Single Weekly Food Shop
Rather than nipping to the supermarket several times a week, try and do your weekly food shopping all in one go. This way you’ll avoid going out in the car more than you need to, which will cut down on CO2 emissions. If you only do one shop then you’ll also be less likely to overspend on things you don’t really need, so it might save you a bit of money that way as well.
When taking out the rubbish, make sure you separate it up into the different types: general waste, food waste, tins, plastics, and paper. It can be tempting to lump it all in with the general waste but it’s much more eco-friendly to separate your rubbish up and put it in its respective bag/box.
Once you’ve done your chores, you may want a nice cup of tea or coffee. However, try not to overfill the kettle as it takes more energy to heat a larger volume of water. Only filling the kettle as much as you need will save you money and reduce the CO2 produced.