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Make your household chores energy-efficient 

By: - March 20, 2021

Dealing with household chores is among the least favorite tasks that anyone would want to do in their free time. But whether we like it or not, they have to be done to keep our home clean and organized. After all, a neat and clean house is essential for the health and wellness of your family.

As doing household chores are deemed necessary, it is also important to make sure that we’re not increasing our energy bills in the process. Good thing that there are ways to conserve energy while cleaning our homes.

Make changes to your laundry routine

Incorporating changes to your laundry routine is one of the best ways to make your chores energy efficient. When using a washing machine, ensure that each load of your laundry is full to help save water. After washing your clothes, ditch the dryer and dry your clothes under the sun. Not only that it can help you save energy, but you can also benefit from the antibacterial effects of the sun.

This is part of Cebu Daily News Digital’s Earth Hour series as the company joins Earth Hour 2021.

Ditch the vacuum

Many of us do enjoy the convenience of using a vacuum when cleaning, but when not used properly vacuums can consume more energy than usual. To save electricity, switch the vacuum for a broom when cleaning wooden and tiled floors. When you do need to use the vacuum, make sure to clean out the bag and its filter to ensure that it is running efficiently. If its dust collector is full, the appliance may work harder and use more electricity.

Reduce your ironing 

A flat iron is indeed an essential home appliance for removing wrinkles in your clothes but it is also one of the appliances that consume a significant amount of electricity. To save energy, hang your laundry the moment the washing cycle has finished. This will reduce the wrinkles on your clothes. But when you do need to use the appliance, avoid using the steam function and use a low heat setting.

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Cook in batches

Cooking one meal at a time, especially if you have a lot of family members, can take a lot of extra energy and time. What one should do is to cook big meals and you can enjoy the leftovers for your next meal and cut down on the work. This can be applied when brewing coffee as well. As coffee machines require energy, making one cup at a time uses extra power and unnecessary waste.


This is part of Cebu Daily News Digital’s Earth Hour series as the company joins Earth Hour 2021.

This series is also supported by our partner, AboitizPower ( ) and Global Business Power (

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