10 Eco Friendly Tips

10 simple eco-friendly hacks that make a huge difference

Courtesy of SSE Airtricity

 

1. Wash at 30 degrees

When washing clothes, though the labels on your garments will often say they can be washed at 40 degrees, a 30-degree wash will still get the job done and the 10-degree difference, over time, is huge.

 

 2. Use natural bleach 

To clean your white clothes, you can bleach them with lemon juice, leaving the nasty chemical bleach out of the equation. Add 1-2 cups of lemon juice to your next whites wash. For particularly stained clothes, leave them to soak in lemon juice for a while before you throw them in the washing machine.

 
 

3. Turn on airplane mode

Keep your mobile phone on ‘airplane mode’ as often as you can - it saves the battery, meaning you need to charge it less often.

 
 
 

4. Block draughts

Block up any potential draughts at doors and windows with draught excluders - this will save your heat from escaping and reduce your bills over time.

 
 

5. Reuse food jars

Find ways to reuse jars when you’re finished with them by planting herbs or storing foods such as oats - meaning you can recycle the packaging that the food came in while at the same time keeping food fresher for longer.

 
 
 

6. Control tap pressure

When using water from the taps, only turn the faucet to half the pressure. We have a collective tendency to always use taps at full pressure, but it’s not necessary. We’re using up water faster than it can be replaced; this helps enormously.

 
 
 

7. Conserve water

The tendency to fill the kettle fully when you just want tea for one is something we’re all guilty of. Only boil the water you need; the rest is a waste of energy.

 
 
 

8. Homemade cleaning products

Make a homemade all purpose cleaner to cut down on chemicals. Shine up your surfaces and create an aroma that tickles your fancy with the natural oil of your choice. Mix 3 parts filtered water with 1-part white vinegar, 1-2 tsp lemon juice and 6 or 7 drops of essential oil - orange, lemon or lavender.

 
     

9. Start composting

You don’t need a massive garden to get composting. This is the natural process of decomposition that turns organic materials like garden waste and vegetable food scraps into a dark, crumbly and earthy-smelling material called compost. It reduces trash waste by 30%, which in turn cuts down on landfill waste. You can use your finished product for indoor house plants too! Small compost bins are the most popular way to reduce waste in urban areas, but there are plenty of options from food digestion cones to tumblers and turning systems.

 

10. Buy a reusable shopping bag 

Last but by no means least, this is one of the easiest, but one we always forget. Leave your reusable shopping bags in the boot of your car where you’ll always have them to hand, saving you from having to buy plastic bags in the supermarket. For unplanned shopping trips, invest in one eco-friendly shopper that can easily fold into a small size and be kept in your handbag or coat pocket.