Smart tips for eco-conscious families
By Samsung, 01.07.2015.
With just a few small adjustments to your habits and household appliances, you can save money on energy bills, reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a healthier home.
Every summer, temperatures skyrocket across the Middle East, rising in the Gulf to 40 °C and higher. Most people beat the heat by cranking up their air conditioning units, resulting in sky-high electricity bills and the release of tons of hydrochlorofluorocarbons, which directly contribute to ozone depletion.
Samsung has introduced a wide array of technological innovations to offset the impact of air conditioning and contribute to healthier home cooling. For instance, Samsung's Smart Inverter Compressor senses your home's temperature to automatically adjust your air conditioner's speed, so that you only use as much energy as you need for a comfortable, eco-friendly and cool environment. ACs that are not maintained or use outdated technology allow pesticides and other harmful matter to pollute your home's air and cause a variety of health issues. Luckily, Samsung's AR24 air conditioner's Virus Doctor air-purifying technology, neutralises pollutants and bacteria, so you can stay healthy while keeping cool.
Once you have the right technology in your home, consider getting a home insulation appraisal. How well your home is sealed and insulated is a very important factor in the effectiveness of your cooling. Lower your energy use by insulating open spaces like an upper storage area or garage, or get a home seal consultation – air leakage from small openings around your home can cause your money to fly out the window.
Did you know that up to 70% of the energy consumed when washing clothes goes towards heating up the water alone?
There is a long-standing myth that washing clothing in hot water makes your fabrics cleaner, but research shows that washing in cold water or on Eco-Save mode is just as effective and dramatically decreases your energy usage.
Samsung's EcoBubble technology ensures that your cold cycle produces a more powerful clean result and is gentler on clothes, so that your favorite pieces last and last. Samsung introduced even more cutting-edge washing technologies, such as PowerFoam, which uses air and water to dissolve detergent 40 times more efficiently for more thorough cleaning that requires less mechanical movement and up to 55% less energy.
Samsung's Eco Drum Clean technology also helps reduce the use of harmful cleaning chemicals by using heat and water pressure to blast away residue and keep your machine sparkling clean. To contribute to your environmentally-conscious laundry habits, try natural stain removers and detergents, which are not as harmful to the planet when washed out through the drain and allow you to keep your family looking fresh and feeling healthy.
Outdated refrigerators take up more than 15% of a home's total energy usage, tend to use two to three times the energy of a newer model, and often also contain harmful refrigerant chemicals that damage the ozone layer.
Samsung pioneers in the field of energy-efficient fridge models, offering a line of Planet First refrigerators that lower your energy usage.
LED lighting in many Samsung models uses 20 times less energy than traditional bulbs, so you save more on cooling energy. More efficient lighting also allows you to see every food item in your fridge, so nothing is forgotten in the nooks and crannies, contributing to less spoilage and food waste.
Try these additional ways to make you groceries greener: Ask your children to help you choose and buy seasonal summertime produce, such as dates and mangoes from the UAE's local markets, which cuts down on the carbon footprint of everything you eat. Buy organic products that avoid environment-harming chemicals, and pick up an effective water filter to cut down on plastic bottle waste. Finally, swap the dozens of plastic shopping bags you receive on each trip to the grocery store for stylish reusable tote bags.
When most of us shop for cleaning supplies, we only have one thing in mind: Will they get our home spic and span? When you get a chance, take a look at the ingredients in each of the products that you have tucked away in your cleaning cabinet. From tile cleaner to furniture polish, most cleaning products contain powerful chemicals that pollute the air in your home, are harmful or poisonous to your family, and have a lasting negative environmental impact once they're washed down the drain and into public water sources.
Try swapping out your cleaning supplies with eco-friendly options: keep an eye out for products that are plant-based, do not contain solvents and can biodegrade easily. Natural homemade alternatives to harsh chemicals are effective and green: use white vinegar to remove grease, baking soda to remove dirt from tiles and bathroom fixtures, and lemons to scrub and disinfect kitchen surfaces.
Eliminate water waste
Water consumption is a global issue, but it's particularly important for people living in arid and water-scarce environments like the Middle East. Even developed cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi are not immune: a study by the Emirates Industrial Bank found that people in the UAE consume more water per capita than in any other country on the planet. In addition to small changes in regular habits – like turning off the tap when brushing your teeth – you can begin to break the cycle by upgrading key appliances in your home.
Begin by replacing outdated toilets, which use up to 26 litres of water per flush, with water-efficient toilets that use less than half that amount. A quick fix is swapping out your old shower head for a low-flow, pulsating, or aerating shower head, which preserves the soothing and cleansing feel of your normal shower but wastes significantly less water.