Energy saving and sustainable cleaning: good habits at home
Green living is becoming increasingly important to people across the UK. More and more of us are opting for energy efficient appliances, environmentally friendly products and low-waste alternatives. A lot of households now actively work to lower their carbon footprint and make their way of life that little bit more sustainable. As well as switching to a green energy supplier, such as Bulb, there are a number of ways to change your daily habits to reduce your impact on the planet. Here, we take a look at energy saving and sustainable cleaning and how your habits at home can impact the environment.
Reducing your energy consumption at home
When giving your home a deep clean, you’ll probably rely more on elbow grease than electricity. However, if you want to remove every spec of dust, you’ll need the help of a few appliances too.
The most energy-hungry cleaning appliance is the vacuum cleaner. Most vacuums use between 500 and 3,000 watt of energy. So if you’re vacuuming for an hour, you could get through a whopping 3 kWh of electricity. Opting for a modern, energy efficient vacuum cleaner will help you keep your energy consumption to a minimum.
Turning off lights once you’ve finished cleaning in a room is another good way to reduce your energy consumption. You can also use your weekly clean as an opportunity to check that all appliances not in use are turned off at the plug and that radiator thermostats are set as low as possible.If you want to go one step further and help the environment as you clean, you could switch to a 100% renewable energy tariff. These tariffs are now available from most major energy suppliers. They work by putting the same amount of renewable energy into the National Grid as you draw out. This helps to increase the percentage of renewable energy in the grid and promote green energy sources.
Sustainable cleaning products
Another way of boosting the eco-credentials of your weekly clean is to use sustainable products. You can either buy premade cleaning solutions or you can mix up some green concoctions yourself. A mix of 50/50 vinegar and water can be used to clean a variety of things including:
- Coffee makers
- Shower heads
Adding some lemon juice to the solution will help to cover the smell of vinegar and boost the cleaning power of your mix.
If you like the idea of giving your home a deep, eco-friendly clean but don’t have the time or the patience to do it yourself, why not call in a reliable team of cleaners to tackle the tasks for you? Finding a cleaner with an eco-friendly approach will help you lower your carbon footprint and make your home a more pleasant place to be. Click here to find out more.
Regularly cleaning appliances especially hardworking items like fridges and freezers, is a good way to boost their efficiency and minimise your energy consumption. This means that getting a cleaner in on a regular basis could actually reduce your carbon footprint.
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