Clean your refrigerator coils
If you don’t know what these are then chances are they’ll probably need a good clean!
They are typically on the back of your fridge or behind a removable cover on the bottom of the front of your fridge. If they are dusty they make your fridge work harder, and cost you more money in electricity bills. There are some specialty tools you can use (like a coil brush), but using any hard bristled brush and vacuum will work wonders. This is especially needed if you have indoor pets.
Don’t over clean dishes before putting them in the dishwasher
This may cause controversy in your home, but it is not a good idea to over-clean dishes before they go in the dishwasher. Why? Most dishwasher detergents are extremely good at breaking up food residue - and these days they are designed specifically for this task. If you put mostly clean dishes in, the dishwasher can over-sud, and cause unnecessary wear and tear on your machine.
Unplug unused appliances
Not only do appliances continue to use small amounts of electricity when plugged in, but keeping them constantly receiving electricity reduces their life too. For smaller appliances such as toasters and kettles, there is no need for them to be connected to an electricity source 24/7. By disconnecting them your appliances will be safe from electrical current spikes and not sit in a constantly ‘on’ state.
Use filtered/distilled water in irons
Depending on where you live, your local water supply will contain various levels of trace minerals such as calcium and magnesium that can build up and harm your iron, particularly blocking the steam holes. Using filtered or bought distilled water can illuminate this problem. Boiling water and cooling it to use in your iron also helps reduce the trace minerals that end up in your iron.
Clean your stovetop gently!
Many people use hard abrasive cleaners on their stove top which can damage the surface and coils/gas rings. It’s tempting to use bleach and other strong cleaners to bring up that brilliant clean sparkle, but the best idea is warm water and vinegar and a bit of elbow grease (sorry!). Many people spray the cleaners directly onto the knobs too, which is bad because the wiring is right behind them. Just spray your cleaner onto a rag first.
Replace filters in air conditioner/heater regularly
To avoid your air conditioning and/or heaters over working, it is always important to keep the filters clean. Take the filters outside and give them a gentle tap to dislodge dust, and leave them in the sun to kill any bacteria. In Australia we tend to use air conditioning and heaters only in the heights of summer and winter. If this is you then it is also recommended to replace your filters with brand new ones every year, especially if you have indoor pets.