Eco Friendly Tips and Hacks

Five eco friendly tips and hacks

At Intelligent Facility Solutions, we are focused on eliminating as much waste as possible and doing our bit as a business to help combat climate change.

So, we have put together five easy eco-friendly hacks that could help towards both saving the environment, and saving you a bit of money. Some of these tips you may have heard before, and some may steer on the side of controversy, but they're all eco, green, and environmentally conscious.

Go paperless

In an increasingly digital and online society, this may be one of the easiest hacks to incorporate into your life. This can start off really simple by avoiding printing unessential documents. For example, most banks now offer a paperless option for bank statements, and will instead send you a digital version.

The same goes for some mobile phone companies. I get my mobile phone bill emailed to me rather than sent to me in the post. Paper is relatively easy to recycle, but we cannot rely so heavily on the recycling option. We need to focus on first reducing and eliminating what waste we can.

Only boil what you need

Collectively, the UK could save nearly £1 million a day in electricity savings by only boiling what's needed for their hot drinks. And on average, we get through 165 million cups of tea a day, and 70 million cups of coffee, yet two thirds of us boil far more water than we actually need. So, a lot of water is wasted!

But by only boiling the water we need; we can save water and subsequently help save a precious resource. It can also be an energy saving tactic, as the kettle is not boiling as much water each time. This is something we have begun to incorporate into our office day-to-day lives.

Dry your clothes faster

The best method is to air dry your clothes, but if you do use a dryer then you can throw a dry towel with your wet load. The dry towel will serve as a tool to absorb some of the moisture. The dry towel is only needed for around 15 minutes, after which it can be taken out of the dryer. This can reduce the drying time of your load and make the whole process more energy efficient. Tumble dryers are typically energy hungry appliances, so reducing the amount of energy the dryer uses for each load, makes both sustainable and economic sense.

Ecobrick and the loo

For those not aware of ecobricking, it’s the process of stuffing solid non-biological waste into a plastic bottle to create a reusable building block of sorts. Our director, Andrew, talked about this a few months ago in his easy tips to live a more sustainable life blog post.

For this hack, after you complete putting together an Ecobrick, try placing it in your toilet water tank. The Ecobrick will serve as a tool to displace the amount of water in the tank – which will save you water with every flush!

If it’s yellow, let it mellow!

Another water saving tip when it comes to the loo is not to flush with every use (only in relation to number ones so to speak). This is probably more for home use rather than work or public spaces, due to social stigma. But as the saying goes ‘if it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down’.

It’s very unlikely that you’ll catch anything from the urine in your toilet bowl, and it’s actually flushing that is responsible for spreading any germs around, with germs being fired up to six feet out of the bowl. And if you’re healthy and hydrated, there shouldn’t be a strong colour or odour.

Not flushing as regularly can save a lot of water! A standard loo can use up to 13 litres of water, so if you flush three times a night, that’s 39 litres. But if you flush every third time, you’re saving 26 litres of water per night!

Do you have any other unusual tips or hacks that we should know about? Let us know!

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