Lots of people want to do their best to save energy, both to help the environment and save money. But they don’t always know where to start, and they don’t want to dedicate all their time to conservation. As much as many of us want to be more eco-conscious, we’re reluctant to put too much effort in. For example, using the dishwasher or tumble dryer less often might help, but it means we have to spend more time washing dishes or hanging up clothes. What many people are looking for is low-effort solutions, so they can make small changes with a significant impact. If you’re a bit of a lazy conservationist, here are some ways to make a difference without trying too hard.
Watch the Thermostat
A lot of us are too quick to turn up our heating or turn down the air conditioning when we don’t feel entirely comfortable. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we can put up with colder or warmer temperatures before we need to do that. If you’re starting to feel a bit chilly, but on another layer or even wrap yourself in a blanket instead of turning the heating up. Other things that will warm you up are hot drinks, hot water bottles and a hot meal. If the weather’s warm, your home doesn’t have to be at perfect room temperature. Of course, you should be careful about getting too warm. But drink some water, sit in a shady spot or change your clothes before you turn up the AC. If you’re sitting inside with a sweater on, it’s too cold.
Switch Your Lights
Changing your light bulbs is an incredibly easy way to make a significant change at home. Just switch out your traditional bulbs for ones like this G4 LED. It will only take you a few minutes to change all the lights in your house, and then you can forget about them until they need changing. And that won’t be for a while because as well as using less energy, they last much longer too.
Turn Things Off
Some things take very little physical effort, but you need to remember to engage your brain. Habits can be hard to break, so this one might seem simpler than it is. You may already switch things off when you’re not using them, but you should also be sure not to leave them on standby. Turn things off completely or unplug them from the wall, so they’re not using energy even when off. Remember to switch lights off too. If you’re not in the room, the light doesn’t need to be on.
Use Cold Water in the Washing Machine
Another easy way to save energy is to consider washing your clothes with cold water. You can still get them perfectly clean, and you’ll use 40% less energy. Cold water is even better for you clothes, reducing the wear and tear on them. If you’re willing to put in a bit more effort, hang them to dry once they’re clean.
Saving the planet and saving yourself some money doesn’t have to be taxing. You can do a number of things while barely lifting a finger. But if you want to be more committed, you need to try a bit harder.
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