Energy Saving, Home and Garden

Save Energy With One Simple Step #12

Another timely save energy with one simple step post.

This time, how do you dry your clothes at this time of year?  Draped over a radiator?  Well, tip number 12 is:

clothes horse save energy

Use a clothes horse.  Although perhaps not quite as literally as this photo of Shetland ponies actually wearing cardigans suggests…!

Hanging wet clothes on your radiator makes your boiler work harder, meaning it uses more energy to heat your home and costs you more money, whereas a clothes horse allows warm air to circulate freely around the room.  I know it’s not always easy – we live in a tiny house with barely any room for clothes horses.  Our tiny kitchen is rammed full of them, to the point where we struggle to get past them, and sometimes desperation calls for me to dry clothes on my radiators, but I try to keep it to the odd desperate occasion rather than an everyday thing.

In our previous flat, we were lucky enough to have quite high ceilings, and had an original ceiling mounted pulley for drying clothes.  It was amazing for drying clothes and sheets – if you’ve got high ceilings I cannot recommend them enough.  You can pick them up easily online from £12 (the cheaper ones come without the wooden slats for easy postage – you can then get wood cut to fit at your local wood merchants).  And they have a nice vintage look to them if you’re into that kind of thing.

While we’re on the subject of clothes and laundry, check your washing machine.  I had a recent revelation: my washing machine’s standard wash cycle spins my clothes at 1200 rpm, but it’s maximum spin is 1400 rpm.  Upon realising this (just the other week!),  after the cycle is done I set it to do a 1400 rpm spin to get the last drops of water out.  I’ve found this signficantly reduces the time it takes to either tumble dry my clothes (I know, I know, but I use it sparingly) or dry them on the airer (reducing the chances of that nasty “took too long to dry” smell.  Which makes me very happy indeed.  It’s the little things in life!

New reader?  Tips 1 – 11 can be found here if you’re looking for more easy energy saving tips.

And here is a great interactive webpage on saving energy around the home full of great tips that you might be interested in – athough it does suggest to dry clothes on radiators, when we all now know a clothes horse is the way forward!

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Fashion, Life & Style

Ethical Fashion Spotlight: Zalando

zalando ethical clothing

zalando ethical clothing

Have you heard of Zalando?  If you’re not familiar with them, they are a online company who, as well as the other stock that they carry, stock a vast range of ethical clothing, shoes and accessories for both men and women.  Originally founded in Germany, they now operate in many European countries including the UK.

They recently very kindly got in touch with me, offering to send me an ethical item of my choosing to share with Moral Fibres readers.  I had a hard time picking one item out of over 1800 ethical women’s items (I did say they stock a wide range!) but in the end picked this beautiful People Tree shift dress that I’ve had my eye on for quite some time:

people tree dress

Such a pretty and versatile dress, I’ve barely had it off since I received it!  I’ve been wearing it with tights and cardigans, but I’m also looking forward to wearing it in summer with bare legs and sandals.

I loved the speedy delivery and great service from Zalando, as well as the amazing range.  I felt they could have used slightly less packaging, but it’s one small criticism in an otherwise extremely positive shopping experience.

You should check them out if you’re in the market for some ethical clothes, jeans or shoes – you can get £10 off your order at Zalando when you sign up for their newsletter, which is a pretty good deal, and they stock a massive range of stylish ethical brands for ladies and gents, such as People Tree, Birkenstock, El Naturalista and more.

Main image from People Tree.

 

Disclosure: Zalando sent me a dress to review – please see my disclosure policy for more information.