Four ways to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle
From what we wear, to what we eat, to how we run our homes, our everyday actions can and do have repercussions on the environment. So whether you’re making a conscious choice to lead a more sustainable lifestyle or you would like to save money (or both!), we have a few ideas to get you off to a good start!
Reduce your passive consumption of energy
This is one of the easiest and fastest ways to cut back on energy consumption in your home. The passive use of electricity by a home is called the base load (we’ve written about it here) and can cost you anywhere from £200 to £500 in energy bills a year. Each time you leave devices plugged in and on stand-by mode, they continue to eat electricity even if you’re not using them. This type of electrical leakage can be caused by mobile phone chargers, televisions, laptop docking stations and similar types of gadgets. So hit the off switch on all electrical sockets or unplug devices to take your first simple step towards a more sustainable life.
Make smarter choices in your kitchen
Wasting less food, learning how to compost and cutting out plastic are the obvious sustainable lifestyle changes to make. However, more subtle choices like shopping locally, eating less or no meat and having your weekly groceries delivered to your doorstep can have a huge impact on the environment (and your bank account). Without much effort at all, you could be making significant savings and helping the planet too!
Doing the dishes, the right way: hand wash or dishwasher?
The dishwasher is accepted as an essential item in many UK households, although some still regard it as a luxury item or even as an environmental no-no. But what is greener – using a dishwasher or washing-up by hand? The evidence actually points to the dishwasher…
As far as water consumption is concerned, the dishwasher is an obvious winner, as the new eco models now use three or four times less water than washing the same number of dishes by hand.
The argument for a dishwasher becomes a little weaker when it comes to energy efficiency as the majority of UK households use gas to heat water, which is more efficient and produces less CO2 making hand washing seem like the greener option. However, for homeowners who have solar panels installed, loading your dishwasher during the day to ensure solar energy is used to power your appliance is a far greener option.
Finally, there’s the hygiene aspect to consider. No dishwashing expert can compete with the bacteria-busting temperatures of a dishwasher programme, adding another strike against washing-up by hand.
To make sure you’re maximising the green potential of your dishwasher, follow these simple tips:
- Only run your dishwasher when it’s fully loaded
- Scrape your plates first, but don’t rinse them
- Select an eco-programme or lower the temperature, if available
- Run the dishwasher during the day if you have solar panels
- If you’re buying a new dishwasher, choose the most energy-efficient model, check the running costs and CO2 emission, and don’t buy the cheapest model if it’s not meant to last for long
Be more sustainable with solar panels and battery storage
As energy prices continue to soar, many UK households are looking to learn more about renewable energy and how installing solar panels could help them avoid high energy bills while also making a positive impact on the environment. Luckily the price of installing solar has been steadily decreasing over the last decade, making the power of solar more accessible to everyone.
Homeowners who are seriously considering alternative energy options need to take into account two critical aspects. First off, they must ensure their homes are energy-efficient and their households are run in a highly sustainable manner. Secondly, they should strive to gain more value from their investment in solar panels by adding battery storage.
As we know from our own customers, using battery storage can save surplus solar energy for later and can have an immediate, significant impact on reducing energy costs and the household’s carbon footprint.
The Moixa Smart Battery is specifically designed for a typical UK household. It takes into account important factors like seasonality and the average electricity consumption that play a role in determining a battery’s efficiency. Our charge and discharge rates are low, ensuring the battery lasts longer and generates much more consistent savings throughout the entire year. With the Moixa Smart Battery, you can cover the base load of a standard UK home for 7-8 hours overnight and recharge it again during the day. Its compact size and quick installation means that once you’re ready to board the green power wagon, you can do it almost instantly, without so much as leaving your house.