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Can transforming your old appliances make your home eco-friendlier?

It’s currently often in the news how much plastic is affecting the environment, it’s a good thing that the world is becoming more aware of the issue. London achieved the yearly quote for air toxins just in one month. Plastic achieves things such as suffocated oceans and high levels or carbon emissions, we are all trying to defend our planet. After all, it’s us and our children who must live here, and no one wants to live in an unclean, unhealthy, toxic environment.  

There are many simple steps you can take towards being eco-friendly, recycling, walking more instead of driving or taking public transport. But a lot of environmentally-friendly advice seems to fall on investing in new, greener appliances. While newer models often come with a range of eco-friendly elements, they can be expensive and not all of us can afford to replace our larger appliances just yet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part to help reduce carbon emissions and have an energy-efficient home or workplace.  

Explore some of the simple ways to quickly transform some of the appliances you already own so that you can make your home a friendlier place to the environment. 

The coils in your fridge 

Just like your boiler, most of the time, the newer the fridge the eco-friendlier it is. A fridge usually lasts up to 20 years so if you’re in need of a new one, an eco-friendly model is definitely the way to go.  

For now, let’s think about your current fridge. Do you know when the coils were last cleaned? According to Architectural Digest, cleaning the coils of your fridge can encourage better energy use.  

Your fridge’s coils are usually located on the bottom, the top, or the back of your appliance. Turn your fridge off before you start and remove the base grill if the coils are on the top or bottom or pull your fridge carefully out, so you can see the coils at the back.  

Using a refrigerator coil brush, brush out any dirt or debris that has gathered on or around the coils. Take the opportunity to sweep the floor too! Then, pop everything back in place. Be sure to wear gloves and be careful when moving your fridge — if it’s too heavy, ask for help moving it.  

The filter in the dryer 

Please turn your attention onto your tumble-dryer. After every use, the filters are supposed to be cleaned although I’m sure many of us don’t follow this instruction. 

Clear out any lint that has gathered in the filter, then pour a little water on the filter screen to see if the water passes through. If it doesn’t and pools on top of the filter, your filter needs a thorough cleaning. Give it a good scrubbing in soapy, warm water, then rinse it off and try pouring a little water through again. If it still pools a little, repeat your soap-water attack on the filter!  

Night-time standby.  

It’s easy to fall asleep with many of your everyday appliances on standby all night. Charging our phones overnight when they really don’t need that long. Games consoles left to hum away in the dark. If you’re looking to lower your bills and your carbon footprint, switch them off completely before you go to bed.  

You normally wouldn’t spend £30 on something you don’t use, and worse, spending £30 on something that’s not good for the environment. According to Energy Saving Trust, the average UK home spends £30 every year just on appliances left on standby. 

So, when you’re doing your check around the house that all the windows and doors are locked before going to bed, be sure to cast a quick eye to your plugs and devices and switch them off properly before going to sleep for the night.  

Temperature 

It’s true that a new boiler maybe better however you can still make a few effected changes to your old boiler that make it more eco-friendly. Simply turn the thermostat down a few degrees and turn it off at night. You’ll sleep better if your body can cool down anyway, and a few degrees less during the day won’t make you uncomfortable. Consider popping another layer on next time you reach to turn up the thermostat, as usually, this is enough to warm you up!  

Checking the AC 

Of course, having a good air conditioning unit is important for cooling your home down in the warmer months. But, like any other appliance, it needs a little TLC every now and again to keep it working effectively and prevent any overuse of energy.  

To make sure your unit is still running to the best of its ability, consider getting a trained professional to inspect it’s running at its most efficient. Also, if your system is making any strange noises, best to give a professional a call.  

There’s plenty of ways older appliances can still do their bit to be environmentally friendly! Take these tips on board and your home and workspace can be its greenest. When the time does come to replace your older appliances, be sure to keep in mind whether or not it is energy efficient. For example, if you’re looking to replace an old, noisy air conditioning unit, your main focus might be on a quiet model. But don’t neglect to check how eco-friendly it is!  

Cold water clean 

Using a colder water can surprisingly help the environment a little. Opt to wash your clothes on a cold wash instead of a hot setting for the following benefits beyond saving the planet:  

Using a colder water can surprisingly help the environment a little. 

  • Protect colour vibrancy  
  • Protect elastics 
  • Better stain removal (warm water actually keeps the stain in!)  
  • Money saving 

The dishwasher  

It’s important to wait until you can’t fit any more dishes in before you set your dishwasher off. Also, be sure to have your full load placed efficiently in the dishwasher to fit in as much as possible without compromising on cleaning.  

Tree Hugger advises that, if your model has the option to, turn off its drying cycle and just let your dishes air dry. You can open the door at the end and leave them overnight to dry off.

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