Home appliances may have an environmental impact if they are not used and recycled properly. The impact has an adverse effect on the environment. These include the acceleration of climate change, depletion of the ozone layer, and mercury contamination of the environment, among others.
Hence, it is our duty to curb these environmental impacts such as the carbon footprints that may harm you and your family. The following are some ways on how to stop and reduce the environmental impact of your home appliances that we think we should do:
1. Use the AC only when needed
Most of the cooling appliances such as air conditioners may release harmful potent greenhouse gases that affect the environment. This is because it contains hazardous components. It is advisable then you reduce the use of this cooling appliance by just turning it on only during hot days or in summer. At the same time, you may use a programmable timer and thermostat controls. For every 1 degree Celsius increase in the thermostat setting, you can save around 10% of energy consumption.
2. Opt for ceiling fans
Ceiling fans are the best alternative for air conditioners. You may opt for ceiling fans that have a less environmental impact. Besides, they are cheaper too and you can save lots of money that you can for other purposes.
3. Use the fridge responsibly
Energy saving is environmentally friendly. Thus, you must use your fridge properly. Start by not opening the fridge always. Make sure that you close it properly too. Remove the frost inside the freezer always as this consumed more energy.
Also, do not overload the freezer because this may augment the energy use. And do not put any hot food or items in the fridge because hot items inside the fridge may increase the energy consumption. Finally, you must set your fridge thermostat based on your room temperature.
4. Use the microwave for heating
When you are heating food, it is best to use the microwave rather than the oven. With this, you can save energy. You may use the oven only for cooking your meals and baking too.
5. Unplug your appliances when not in use
You have to unplug your home appliances at the master switch when they are not in use. Do not let them stay in standby mode as this thing still has energy consumption. Most appliances that you must unplug when not in use are the television, radio, electric fans, microwave, air conditioner, washer, and dryers, among others. Often times these appliances are left unplug even they are not used.
6. Opt for energy efficient appliances
Energy efficient appliances can save energy consumption. You have to look for the energy label attached to the appliances. The higher the ticks means these appliances are energy efficient. In Singapore, the 5 ticks mean excellent. Also, having energy efficient appliances can reduce your monthly electric bill.
7. Choose the front loader washing machine
You may opt for a front loader washing machine rather than the top loader. The front loader washing machine uses less energy, water, and detergent. It is more environmentally friendly than the top loader.
8. Keep the cooker hood clean
Engage a home appliance technician to clean your cooker hood filters regularly, which can curb the electrical consumption. Besides, it can improve its performance too.
9. Use economy wash for dishwasher
If your dishes are not that dirty, you may set your dishwasher to economy wash that uses less energy. Also, you must arrange the dishes properly so that the dirt may be removed easily that can lessen the washing cycle.
10. Do the dishwashing in the washer at the end of the day
You may have a quick cold wash of your dishes first and at the end of the day fill your dishwasher with all the used dishes. Having one cycle used of the dishwasher each day can save energy consumption. Also, clean the dishwashers regularly for effective washing thus saving energy.
Indeed, you can do your part in limiting the environmental impact in your home by following the above ways. This may prevent the risks and harmful effects for you and your family and to other people too.