Cleaning your home can be a real chore, so knowing that certain tasks can help you save energy and money could be an added incentive.
So we’ve teamed up with household cleaning expert and influencer Laura Mountford, aka@LauraCleanaholic to offer you some cleaning tips that can help your home run more efficiently, saving energy and money into the bargain.
Breathe in, clutter out
Clearing out the loft can be a great opportunity to ensure your loft is insulated properly. This will help regulate your home temperature more efficiently, meaning you can use less central heating to warm up your home and fewer electric fans to cool it down. And having the right insulation could save you some £200 on your energy bills1.
Suck up the savings
Emptying the dust collector on your vacuum cleaner before or after each use can help save energy too2.
Laura advises: Simply unplug your machine, remove the filter, wash with soapy water and a cloth, then allow to dry naturally. The type of vacuum cleaner you have will also affect power usage, so this is definitely something to consider when you purchase your next machine.”
Clean and dry
Regularly cleaning the filter on your tumble dryer helps it work better. And save even more energy by using tumble dryer balls which help cut drying time by creating space between the heat and fabric3
You must dust
Remove any particles or cobwebs that might affect your light fittings and electronics’ performance. And while you’re at, try switching to low energy light bulbs too1.
These days, you can turn your washing machine temperature down to 30oC and get your washing clean while using around 40% less electricity4.
Laura adds: “Most detergents clean your clothes just as effectively at a lower setting. If your washing machine has an eco-mode then try to use this as often as possible; even if the cycle is longer it means that the water is not being heated up as quickly, therefore using less energy.”
A heating cheat
Dusting the inner corners and ducts of your radiators can actually help keep heat flowing more freely, helping to ensure they are working at their best5.
Give your oven the once over
A clean oven door will help you stop having to open it to check on your food, which allows heat to escape. So deep clean your oven door to help minimise unnecessary heat loss6.
Laura said: “I use these tips myself and have noticed a difference. Making your home more sustainable might sound like a challenge, but it’s surprising how just a few small changes can make a big difference to your overall energy use.”
To find out more about how you could save energy at home, and for personalised energy saving tips, click here.