These days a lot more people are becoming eco aware. There have been a lot of documentaries on the television recently telling us just how much plastic is suffocating our oceans and how our carbon emissions are putting the world at risk. This means that everyone is taking pride in defending our planet. We only have this one planet – there is no planet B!
Hopefully you are dutifully recycling your cans and plastics now, and perhaps trying to use the car less and walk more when you go out. But a lot of environmentally-friendly advice seems to fall on investing in new, greener appliances. While newer models often come with a range of eco-friendly elements, they can be expensive and not all of us can afford to replace our larger appliances just yet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part to help reduce carbon emissions and have an energy-efficient home or workplace.
We’re here with experts, Daikin, to find the best ways to transform your existing appliances into better, more efficient, greener versions of their old selves!
Nix the night-time stand-by
We’re all guilty of this — leaving the TV on standby all night. Charging our phones overnight when they really don’t need that long. Most phones will charge in a couple of hours and especially if you put them on to airplane mode. Games consoles left to hum away in the dark which is really so bad for the environment. If you’re looking to lower your bills and your carbon footprint, switch them off completely before you go to bed.
According to Energy Saving Trust, the average UK home spends on average £30 every year just on appliances left on standby. That is so bad for the environment and it is such a massive waste of money as well! Imagien the things that you can buy for that £30 instead?
So, when you’re doing your check around the house that all the windows and doors are locked before going to bed, be sure to check all of your plugs and devices and switch them off properly before hitting the hay.
Save a few degrees
Your boiler should be ideally replaced every 15 years, but your old boiler can still do a better job of being eco-friendly with a few easy changes. Simply turn the thermostat down a few degrees and turn it off at night. You’ll sleep better if your body can cool down anyway, and a few degrees less during the day won’t make you uncomfortable. Consider popping another layer on next time you reach to turn up the thermostat, as usually, this is enough to warm you up!
Like your boiler, fridges tend to last a while; around 10 to 20 years. But if your fridge is coming up for replacement, an eco-friendly model is definitely the way to go.
Did you know that you need to clean your fridge’s coils?When was the last time you cleaned them? According to Architectural Digest, cleaning the coils of your fridge can encourage better energy use.
If you are unaware, your fridge’s coils are usually located on the bottom, the top, or the back of your appliance. Always make sure that you turn your fridge off before you start, and remove the base grill if the coils are on the top or bottom, or pull your fridge carefully out so you can see the coils at the back.
If you are lucky enough to own a tumble dryer then you also need to pay some attention to that. The filters are meant to be cleaned after every use, but everyone has forgotten once or twice…
To make sure it is at its best you need to first clear out any lint that has gathered in the filter, then pour a little water on the filter screen to see if the water passes through. If it doesn’t and it ends up pooling on top of the filter then you know that your filter needs a thorough cleaning. Give it a good scrubbing in soapy, warm water, then rinse it off and try pouring a little water through again. If it still pools a little, repeat your soap-water attack on the filter!
Cold water clean
Your washing machine can be easily more environmentally sound by cooling down a little. You really don’t need to wash your clothes on anything higher than 40 degrees. Maybe you need to put your towels on a boil wash. Opt to wash your clothes on a cold wash setting for the following benefits beyond saving the planet:
- Protect colour vibrancy
- Protect elastics
- Better stain removal (warm water actually keeps the stain in!)
- Money saving
Although we don’t really get a lot of warm weathr in the UK, a good air-conditioning unit can provide effective relief from an overly-warm home. But, like any other appliance, it obviously needs a little TLC every now and again to keep it working effectively and prevent any overuse of energy. YOu really don’t want to be wasting any energy. This is both bad for the environment and bad for your wallet!!
Greener Ideal recommends getting a professional out to inspect your air-conditioning unit to make sure it is still running efficiently and effectively. If your system is making any strange noises, best to give a professional a call.
Make sure you take all of these tips on board if you are looking to make your home more eco friendly. Just think of the planet and the savings that you will make.