Some smaller home appliances use more power than larger ones. Irons can place a big strain on the power you use. On the up side there are some excellent irons on the market to save energy, not just the electricity you use but your energy as well. Team a good product with these energy saving tips and you could be on the way to doing your bit for saving the planet.
Before you iron all the clothes in the basket take a moment to think about what really does need ironing. Society’s dress code has weakened over the years and long gone are the days of starched shirts, pleated trousers and beautifully pressed handkerchiefs.
Damp clothes iron easier
By taking the clothes off the line before being completely dry means less time for you to pass the iron over them. They will iron easier therefore the iron won’t need to be on for as long. Using a fabric spray works well too as does a light spraying with water. A drop of lavender oil in the water can help the creases unfold once the garment is hung up.
Using a clothes dryer
It is, of course better for the environment, energy consumption and your clothes if you hang your clothes outside on a line. If you must use a dryer make sure the clothes are well spun and remove the clothes from the dryer while still damp or use an iron dry cycle. Always try to keep the use of electrical appliances to a minimum.
Throwing a wash cloth soaked in water and some fabric softener in the dryer will freshen the clothes and make the garments softer, thereby requiring less time on the ironing board.
Iron in bulk
It takes more power to heat an iron than to sustain the heat so rather than turning the iron on for your daily outfit, iron as much as you can in one sitting. Ironing is not a favourite task for many people so setting up the ironing board in front of the television and working your way through the ironing basket can make a huge difference to the tedium of the process.
Only iron clothes that will be on show such as top shirts and trousers. There is really no benefit to ironing under garments of any kind. In winter, shirts worn under a sweater or jacket only need the collar and front lapels ironed.
Permanent press clothes
When buying clothes, shop for fabrics marked permanent press. These do not need as much ironing as cotton and can be washed on the appropriate cycle in the washing machine saving time and energy on washing as well.
While the invention of the electric iron was a wonderful thing there is no reason to go overboard and iron every thing that goes through the wash. Modern appliances are great time savers but they can also drain our energy reserves if not used efficiently.