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Three Tips To Save Power And Be Eco-Friendly


Recently a large power provider was asking for ideas on saving power and therefore saving money. Cityhop sent some ideas.

One of these ideas was to use appliances at night. Apparantly in Great Britain they are running advertisements to get consumers to use dishwashers at night!

Cityhop NZ’s first car share company encouraging kiwis to reduce their reliance on cars suggested to the website to use larger appliances like a washing machine and dishwasher when you wanted to heat up your house. Why? Because these appliances throw off a lot of heat. It’s perhaps a good reason if you are building to think twice about the need for a laundry and do the European thing-  put your washing mahcine in the kitchen.

Conversly in summer, if you want your house to stay cool, use these larger appliances at night time.

Another benefit of using your big appliances at night is that you reduce the strain on the electrical grid during peak hours.

So if you want to save money and be more eco-friendly:

Tip 1. Do your washing at night.

Tip 2 Wash in cold water ( Buy a laundry powder that works in cold water)

Tip 3. In the morning, hang your clothes on the line or ( in this weather) on a drying rack in a window. Despite 6 weeks of virutal non-stop rain I’ve not used the drier. I put a clothes rack in window - we have had short periods of sun! My clothes are dry within a day.

Victoria Carter, CEO of Cityhop was recently profiled in the Sunday Star Times, in the Goodies column. Victoria worm farms and is an avid recycler.  She proudly boasts that her family manage to put out a weekly wheelie bin that is usually more than half empty. Why? She says their recycling bin is always overflowing!

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