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Use fridges/freezers smartly

  • Set your fridge at 3˚C.
  • Make sure the seals of your fridge and freezer doors are intact.
  • Don't open fridge/freezer doors unnecessarily.
  • Place your fridge/freezer somewhere cool - away from sun-facing walls and windows, and as far as possible from the stove.
  • Defrost your chest freezer twice a year and your upright freezer three times a year.
  • Don't overfill your fridge or freezer; only use 90% of its capacity.
 

 

Use stoves and ovens smartly​

  • Keep your oven door closed until food is done.
  • Match pots with stove plate sizes.
  • Avoid using your stove for small tasks - like boiling water for tea and coffee.
  • Place frozen food in the fridge to defrost - avoid defrosting food in the microwave.
  • Use your microwave to cook small to medium amounts of food.
  • Use a pressure cooker or slow cooker for food that cooks for a long time - such as stews and casseroles.
 

Use washing machines and tumble dryers smartly​

  • ​Wait for a full load of washing before you wash
  • Ensure that you set your washing machine to match the load of washing - there is no need to set the machine to its highest and longest setting if you have to wash a small load.
  • Only wash clothes that are dirty - heavier items such as jeans can be worn a few times before throwing them in the wash.
  • Cold settings are fine - there is no need to use the hot water setting if clothes are not heavily soiled.
  • Understand how your washing machine works - make sure it is set to an economy-save function.
  • Keep your tumble dryer off during sunny days - use the clothes line instead.
 

Use dishwashers smartly

  • ​Wait for a full load of crockery and cutlery before you wash.
  • Soak or prewash is only recommended in cases of burnt or dried-out-food.
  • Remove bones and large pieces of food from crockery, cutlery, pots and pans by scraping it off; do not rinse it off.
  • Understand how your dishwasher works - make sure it is set to the economy-save function.
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