Using Appliances

Buying the right appliance is one half of reducing the emissions of appliance use. The other half is having good habits in the way you use the appliance at home. For example, energy-saving features can do little to help the environment if they are never used.

Eco-tips for using appliances

  • Keep appliances clean and well maintained as outlined in product instructions. Well-maintained appliances run more efficiently.
  • Try to keep heat producing and cooling appliances separate. For example, a fridge
    placed next to an oven in the kitchen will have to work harder to keep its interior cold.
  • Use energy and water saving features.
  • Wash full loads when using dishwashers and washing machines.
  • Avoid using an appliance to do a job that can be done without electricity. For example, use a clothes rack or line to dry clothes instead of using an electric clothes dryer and use a broom to sweep floorboards instead of a vacuum.
  • Only heat what needs heating. Heat a single room or two, instead of the whole house, don’t boil a full kettle to make a single cup of tea or cook a meal entirely in the oven or in a single stove-top pot, instead of using many cooking appliances to cook a variety of single dishes.
  • For the electricity you do use, get it from cleaner, greener sources. See the Home energy page for more information.

  • More tips for the greener use of individual appliances is included in Tanya Ha’s eco-living guide book Greeniology.