Save Energy With One Simple Step #6

Is it just me or has Thursday rolled around quick this week?  I have a grumpy teething toddler on my hands, which is as fun as it sounds, so we’ve doing lots to try and distract her from the pain.  Watching horses in the field by our house seems to have mystical soothing properties, let me tell you!

Anyway, I digress, it’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share another energy saving tip.  This one doesn’t have much impact just now, in summer, but come winter you’ll thank me for it:

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Tip number six: rearrange your furniture.

If your sofa or any other bulky item of furniture is in front of your radiator then it will absorb a high percentage of the heat being emitted from your radiator.  This means you’ll have to run your heating for longer for your room to warm up.  So move your sofa away from your radiator, at least in the months when you’re running your heating anyway.  If your room is quite small and there’s nowhere else for your sofa to go, then moving your sofa a little bit away from the radiator so the heat can circulate a bit more will definitely help.

Hardly groundbreaking I know, but we’re house hunting at the moment and I am continously surprised at the number of homes we’ve looked at online where the sofa is placed in front of the radiator.

Just by moving it a bit you’ll save money, energy, your boiler won’t have to work as hard, and you’ll get a nice warm glow (quite literally) from helping the environment.

I’ll be back next week with another easy energy saving tip!  In the meantime I’ve got a post coming up shortly about ethical undies (ooh la la!) so keep your eyes peeled!  And, if you have any good ways to save energy that you want to share with Moral Fibres readers then email me them on hello (at) and I’ll feature them here!


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Easy Egg Freshness Test

Hey friend!  I’ve got a really easy egg freshness test for you today, that’s really handy to keep up your sleeve so that you can avoid binning perfectly edible eggs.

In our house we always have eggs to hand.  Unfortunately we don’t always manage to use up all of the eggs before their reach their best before date.  I used to throw them away when they got to this point, because, you know, that’s what the date said.

Now, as you know I hate food waste, and really loathed to throw the unused eggs out, but what else could you do?  Well, when my other half and I first moved in together he showed me a great tip to test egg freshness, that I thought I’d share with you today:

Easy Egg Freshness Test

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An egg two weeks past it’s best before date

To test egg freshness all you have to do is take your egg, and gently place it in a large glass of cold water:

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It sank so it’s safe to eat!

Eggs suitable for eating will sink to the bottom of the glass; eggs that float to the surface have gone off and must not be eaten.  It’s as easy as that to test egg freshness!  So even though my egg says best before 11th July it suggests it’s still safe to eat.  I took these photos on the 28th of July, in case you’re wondering.  With any egg past it’s best before date though, do ensure it’s cooked thoroughly before eating (due to a salmonella risks).

I’ll admit, I was skeptical, and felt a bit distrusting of the first egg I ate that had passed it’s best before date, but did I get ill?  No.  And have I ever been ill from an egg since we moved in together six years ago?  No.  So it’s tried and trusted, let me assure you of that!  Even the NHS say you can eat eggs after their best before date.  Again, just cook it thoroughly.

If in any doubt, the smell and look of the egg once you’ve cracked it open will also let you know if it’s suitable for consumption.  Everyone knows what a rotten egg smells like, and if it’s off the yolk will also be lying flat (rather than slightly raised) and the albumen will be very runny, almost like water.

Would you eat an egg past it’s expiration date?  Or do you have any other food tips?  Do share in the comments below!