With energy costs increasing and talk of increasing recycling costs, due to China closing its doors to the worlds waste, there are many ways to reduce waste energy costs and eco organise our home, without costing the earth.

  1. Put a lid on it

When boiling a pot of water for pasta, put a lid on it, this simple act saves energy, time and money

  1. Like with like

Place cooking pots and pans on a hob/burner closest to the size of the pot, a big pot on small burner uses more energy to heat or cook, likewise a small pot on big burner, waste energy and can burn your hand, with gas flames licking the sides of the pot you can burn your hand when picking it up.

     3. A penny saved is a penny gained

It’s an oldie from my Grandparents, Bob and Emma (married 72 years) brought up 4 children during the depression so every penny was counted

They boiled the kettle once a day, enough for their morning cuppa, the remainder poured into a themos/flask, the hot water was used throughout the day for future cups of tea.

  1. Fresh Juices

Making our own fresh juices is not only nutritious, it reduces plastic PET bottles or glass bottles coming into our homes. Grab the juicy from the back of your cupboard the get a little juicy.

But what to do with the pulp that is produced?

Why not compost it or feed to chooks?

Vegetables Juices

Use the pulp and make vegetable stock for soups; no more buy stock in cardboard/plastic/foil packs, plastic jars or in cube form.

Fruit Juices

Add pulp to smoothies, great fibre, great taste.

  1. Flick the switch

Standby is costing money and polluting our planet

Standby is the little red or blue light on all our appliances such as TV’s, dishwashers, DVD’s, computers, hard drives, radios and microwaves. Here’s a daily practice we carry out in the Eco Organiser® office.

Flick the switch

At the end of each day, we flick one switch off, on a power board; this switches off hard drive, screen, printer and desk lamp. Saving energy and reducing our power costs

In new builds ask your electrician to wire one switch which turns off the power to the entire room, this may not be cost effective to retro fit to your existing home or when renting, but it does not cost anything to ask.

  1. Save Water

Drip, drip, drip, nothing worse than lying in bed and hearing drip, drip, drip from a tape. Changing a washer saves, water, money and allows you to have a good night sleep. Check out this video we found for you, on how to change a washer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYHq4Jh2-3Q

  1. Protect our water ways

Adding a measuring cup or scoop to the laundry to measure the correct amount of detergent  needed to wash your clothes, helps reduce excess detergent going into our water ways. Using the correct amount also helps our washing machines. The harder the machine works to break down the detergent, the more wear and tear on the machine, reducing the life span of the machine. With a machine costing anything from $500 to $1000’s a quick declutter of your kitchen and you may find the perfect cup or scoop to repurpose and stop pour money and chemicals down the drain

  1.      Rethink water usage

Install a water saving shower rose, a half flush toilet cistern and put a limit on how long a shower you take. Standing under a shower for 10-15 minutes is not possible in many parts of the world is just not these days. In fact, Cape Town, residents currently live under tight water restrictions, of 50 litres per person per day.  How would you use 50 litres per day…carefully I say?

  1.      Think global act local

Buying locally grown food means less food miles,  it also means jobs for our farmers. With a little meal planning and purchasing seasonal we can reduce our carbon footprint and food waste.

  1. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

With a few simple changes or reminders, we can reduce our recycling carbon footprint

Place recyclables loose in the bin, not in plastic bags.

Rinse or scrap dirty containers of excessive food before placing in the bin.

Save water by rinsing dirty food containers at the end of your dish-washing.

Do not place food solids, green waste (garden waste) or animal waste in the recycling bin

If in doubt ask your local authorities what can and can’t be recycled

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