Since people are spending more time at home, we've come up with a list of things that you and the members of your household can do to take care of your resources and the environment.
A very easy way to do this is by...
Running full loads in the washing machine (while using cold water) and dishwasher, because these appliances are designed to be used for full loads. Also, this means that you will end up running them less often, which really saves on energy and time.
Ensuring that appliances are cleaned well, as they work more effectively when they have no dust sealing off their filters.
Using energy-saving light bulbs.
Air-drying clothes and dishes by selecting the air-dry option on your appliances.
Making the most of natural light during the day, especially if you can work near windows. Strategically placed mirrors can also help optimise the natural light source, while also serving as a form of decoration in the household.
There are also some tricks that you can use while cooking, like...
Boiling only the amount of water needed.
Leaving frozen food to defrost in the fridge overnight or while you’re at work. This helps reduce the cooking time and means that you won't have to use a microwave for defrosting, using even less electricity.
Using glass or ceramic dishes in the oven as they retain more heat than metal ones.
...And really simple things we can incorporate into our daily routine:
Taking shorter, cooler showers.
Turning off electronics and appliances when they’re not in use.
Taking your clothes out of the dryer before they're completely dry so that they'll iron much quicker.
Reducing the amount of television you watch to waste less electricity.
If we all pitch in, all our little ‘green’ changes will lead to a more evident environmentally friendly shift in our communities!