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15 Easy Ways to Save Energy (And Money!)

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There are so many ideas on easy ways to save energy contained in these here archives that I thought it might be really useful if I collated them in one post for old and new Moral Fibres readers alike.  Even though energy use tends to be reduced in summer compared to winter, there’s still always scope for saving energy!

If you implemented all of these easy tips I’d estimate you could save at the very least £180 a year.  That’s quite a low estimate – if you followed just two of these tips and turned down the brightness on your TV (saving up to £96 a year), and turned down your thermostat (saving up to £30 a year) then you’d already be saving £126 a year.  Add in the 13 extra tips and you could be saving big time!

Easy Ways to Save Energy In Your Kitchen

Learn how to pack your fridge and freezer efficiently.

Defrost your freezer.  This is a pain but so worth it!

Defrost food the night before cooking it.

Dust your fridge.  This is a surprising but effective tip.

Use your microwave to cook small portions of food

Switch your microwave off at the wall.

Use a lid when cooking on the hob.

Open your dishwasher door before it starts the drying cycle to air dry your dishes – saving up to 50% of your dishwasher’s energy.

Use a clothes horse instead of drying clothes on radiators.

Turn down your hot water thermostat to 60ºC

 

Easy Ways to Save Energy In Your Living Room

Rearrange your furniture.

Turn the brightness down on your TV.

Switch off your router when you’re not using it.

Charge your mobile phone during the day.

Close your curtains at dusk (at open them again as soon as you get up).

Have you got any easy ways to save energy?  Share with other readers in the comments below!

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Energy Saving, Home and Garden

Save Energy With One Simple Step #15

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It’s been quite some time since I last shared an easy energy saving tip, so this simple way to save energy is long overdue.

This one is about dishwashers, and I know what you’re thinking – they’re not entirely the sexiest of subjects, but bear with me please!  I know you’re also thinking that yes, yes, yes, you know that dishwashers are more energy efficient that washing dishes by hand, and so you’ve got your dishwasher and are feeling quite eco-friendly about it, while it gently hums in the corner.

But why stop there – let’s go further than that and learn how to save a whole heap more energy with your dishwasher without any additional expense or effort:

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Did you know that by simply opening your dishwasher door after the final rinse ends, and letting your dishes air dry can save a considerable amount of energy?

I’m not sure exactly how much – I’ve seen energy saving estimates using this method ranging from a conservative 15% to a colossal 50% of energy saved.  My instinct leans towards the higher end of this spectrum – any aspect of heating, such as the heat involved in the drying cycle, is energy intensive, so skipping this step is bound to save a whole lot of energy.  But even if the actual figure sits somewhere in the middle of those estimates then that’s a heap of energy and money saved, especially if like us your dishwasher runs at least once a day.

I find the most effective way to air dry dishes is to open the door after the final rinse cycle ends, emptying out any water that has accumulated in dishes.  I then pull out the bottom rack, and leave the door open for a couple of hours.  I find that’s generally enough to dry everything – especially in this hotter summer weather.

Using a vinegar rinse aid, like the one outlined in this chemical free cleaning products post, helps reduce the likelihood of spots on glasses that might occur through air-drying, in case you’re worried about that.

If you enjoyed this and are keen to save more energy then there are fourteen other easy ways like this to help save energy: you can find all those posts under my save energy simply tag, so you can saving today!

Images – Cutlery: Sarah-Jane Brand / Door: Rebekkalvacson