In the kitchen and the laundry

      Use fridges/ freezer smartly

      • Set your fridge to 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; upright freezers should be defrosted 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 the food is done
      • Match pots with stove plate size
      • 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 & 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 an economy-save function.