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Fun Tips on Boosting Home Energy Efficiency

Updated on May 21, 2013

Bad Bubble Bath

It might make you happy, but it’s banned, banned, banned.
It might make you happy, but it’s banned, banned, banned. | Source

Tip One:

You know that bubble bath you used to luxuriate in? It wastes energy, wastes bubbles and makes your skin wrinkled if you linger too long. So no more of those for you.

Instead, get yourself a bucket, stand it outside and collect rainwater. Then after the rain has stopped, take the bucket inside, stand over it with a flannel and give yourself a wash-down. Not only will you save your money and the planet, but you’ll feel very virtuous.

Better yet, next time it rains, just strip off, and run outside to the back garden or yard for a shower.

(For alternate tips for wusses see opposite the blue box towards the end of the article.)

Tip Two:

Get rid of your washing machine. That will save the environment loads of energy and you loads of money. You can give up that expensive gym membership with all the extra exercise you will be getting.

And there’s no cheating allowed, so don’t think you can head off to the launderette and feel virtuous. (We British couldn’t even if we wanted to since launderettes are a thing of the past, with about one per 1000 square miles.)

So dig out that old washing board and start scrubbing.
What do you mean, you haven’t got one, and you don’t even know what one looks like? Here’s a picture, and if you can’t find one to buy, go make one.

Just for you, not one, but two washing boards


Besides boosting your home’s energy efficiency and getting yourself a work-out at the same time, another advantage of washing by hand is that your clothes will last longer, so saving you even more money, and saving even more of the world’s resources. This is because you’ll wash your clothes less often. Okay, you might smell a bit, but who cares?

You do? Well then, get creative with your clothes-wearing and pop a tee-shirt on under your sweater. Tee-shirts take less time and effort to wash than sweaters and you’ll need the sweater to keep warm in winter, since you will also be turning down the heating. (But that’s another tip and I haven’t finished this one yet!!)

Did I hear you whining, but how do I wash the bedding? I can’t do the sheets by hand!

That’s what you use the bath for, now that you are no longer destroying our environment, and your skin, by steeping in it. Plus, think how strong you’ll be after wringing all those sheets out. Then you take your (dripping) sheets outside and hang them over your washing line to dry.

What are you whining about now? It’s raining? Well then, get an inside clothes drying rack or one of those pull-out lines to hang over the bath.

(Serious aside: electric tumbler dryers are the biggest users of energy in the home; see alternate tips for wusses for more info.)

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Tip Three:

Cut your home off from the grid and use your poo to create fuel to power your central heating boiler. Truly, it’s possible, and happening, if not quite on a domestic level yet. Here’s just one of many articles I found. Human waste used to create green fuel

(Does it smell? I’ve no idea, but my guess is probably.)


Tip Four:

Since you’re now off-grid and using you-know-what to heat your home, you’ll want to insulate it thoroughly to keep fuel usage to a minimum. After burning your you-know-what, you might be left with some ash. A builder once told us that ash is a very good insulator and it poses no fire-risk, since it’s the residue left after the fire. Victorians scattered it between floors, so I suggest you do the same. (Does it smell? I’ve no idea, but my guess is no, since it’s been burned.)

Ninja Monkey Polar Fleece Drop Seat Footed Pajamas, Size 4
Ninja Monkey Polar Fleece Drop Seat Footed Pajamas, Size 4

If you are going to keep yourself warm by looking like a big baby, you might as well go all the way and get a onesie with a monkey print.


Tip Five:

Copy the teenagers and get a onesie. You thought these were for babies? Think again. Adult (or almost adult) versions of the baby all-in-one pajamas are all the rage with teenagers to wear while slobbing about at home. They keep you warm, so you can turn down the heating. So what are you waiting for? I’ve even included an Amazon capsule for you, so order one now.

And that ladies and gentlemen, are my tips for now. I hope you enjoy wearing your baby-outfit, while living in your poo-fuelled house, while bathing in the rain, while – actually I’ve just had a brilliant idea – you could go into the rain, while wearing your onesie and get both you and it washed at the same time. Onesies are made of polyester fleece so will dry in no time.

Products to boost your home’s energy efficiency.

Energy Film Glare Control Window Film 48-by-84-Inch
Energy Film Glare Control Window Film 48-by-84-Inch

This film is easily added to your window and could save you energy all year round. In winter it provides insulation and keeps your home warmer, and in summer it and reduces glare from the sun in, so keeping you cool.


And if, by any chance, you don’t like the suggestions above, please read my:

Alternate Tips For Wusses.

Tip One:

Take Showers instead of Baths.

Save bubble baths for when you feel especially low or stressed, and have a shower instead. Fit a low flow showerhead or shower restrictor to give you a clean while still staying green.

Tip Two:

Experiment to find the minimum wash cycle and temperature that gets your clothes clean. However, don’t overdo this. If anyone in your household has asthma or other respiratory problems, wash bedding at 60°c. This temperature kills 100% of house dust mites, a main cause of allergy. Likewise, if someone is ill, wash at a temperature high enough to kill off any infection. (If you end up washing clothes twice because the temperature was too low, you aren’t saving energy or money, so be discerning.)

Whenever possible hang washing outside to dry. Tumbler dryers are the biggest user of energy in any household. Either use a washing line or what we in the UK colloquially call a “Whirly”. (Technically known as a rotary dryer, see the Amazon capsule for an illustration.) If it’s impossible for you to dry outside, then use a clothes-drying rack to dry inside. As this produces condensation, be sure to open a window. However if it’s too cold to open a window, the condensation produced will require more heat to evaporate, and, according to green thing Wiki, then it’s time to use your tumbler dryer, as it becomes as energy efficient as drying on the rack.

Tip Three:

Compost your kitchen waste to use in your garden. (Just to be totally clear: kitchen waste means your vegetable and fruit peelings.)

Tip Four:

Insulate your home. Wool is a natural insulator that is now widely used instead of the hazardous fiberglass previously used. A well-insulated house means you can turn the thermostat down in winter and yet it stays cool in the summer without the need for air conditioning. You can further, and very cheaply, insulate by adding a tinted film to your window. These help keep warmth in during winter and reduce glare from the summer sun, so boosting your home’s efficiency all year round.

Tip Five:

Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. This might mean turning the heating down in winter and wearing extra clothing. Natural fibers such as wool, cashmere or silk are breathable and keep you warm. So pop on a cardigan or sweater. In summer take your work suit off when you get home so you don’t need the air-conditioning so low.

Now, that was all easy wasn’t it?


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    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      6 years ago from UK

      Jenbeach21, glad you enjoyed the tips! Adult onsies do look comfy don't they? Thanks for your comment.

    • jenbeach21 profile image


      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks for the tips. They are too funny. I wish adult onsies were more socially acceptable. They certainly look comfortable!

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      7 years ago from UK

      Hi Cogerson,

      I had fun writing this - does that show? Funny that you are cooling down, here in Scotland we are at long last getting sunshine and warm weather - and the kids go back to school tomorrow!

      Thanks for your comment and the votes.

    • Cogerson profile image


      7 years ago from Virginia

      Awesome humor within some very interesting tips to make your home more energy efficient. Thankfully where I live....the summer heat is about to be we will have a break before the cold weather gets here.

      I wonder if we had the washboard in the photo, if we could get the teenagers to ever wash their clothes again. Voted up and funny and very useful.

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      7 years ago from UK

      RHW, so glad you enjoyed this. I had fun writing it.

      Cool that you own a washboard so when we've run out of oil etc you'll still be able to get your clothes clean!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Melovy - you make me proud!! LOL

      I absolutely LOVED this hub - it's so hilarious and man so many things ring are so virtuous!

      I have a washboard - but it's just for decoration! lol

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      7 years ago from UK

      Ah, Sharon, I’d like to think my humour is witty, but it is probably more accurately described as very silly! Glad to read you enjoyed it and the serious tips too. Thanks for your comment.

    • Sharyn's Slant profile image

      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      OMG, I am not all that familiar yet with your humor but wow, I got a huge glimpse of it here! Love this, the serious tips and the funny ones too! Great job.

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      7 years ago from UK

      Hi TKs view,

      Glad you liked it. I was actually surprised how much action has already been taken towards number 3 of the non-wussie tips - though as I said, not on a domestic level. However far-out some of the ideas seem, I do admire these pioneers of conservation. I’m very optimistic about the state of things; I recently heard a radio program about amazing changes that have happened in Brazil to protect the rainforest, and there’s lost of action taking place in the UK. New build houses have to be carbon neutral from 2016.

      Thanks for your comment.

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      7 years ago from UK

      Hi again Yasmeen,

      When I was young (many years ago) there was a bumper sticker which read: ‘Save water, bath with a friend.” So you could always try that!

      Seriously, it’s all about balance, meeting our needs and the environment’s needs, and taking conscious action is the way to go. It’s quite likely you are using less water since you are considering what you do. Thanks for popping back.

    • TKs view profile image

      TKs view 

      7 years ago from The Middle Path

      Great job, Melovey. Perfect set-up to get people thinking your "wussie" tips are a doable option in comparison.

      As a side note, if not enough people do their part to conserve, your first collection of tips, may be our only option left.

    • YasmeenAli profile image


      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA


      HAHA! shower police...I love that! I remember hearing something about the drought in Australia. I think just for me personally I don't use as much water in the bath...or maybe that's just what I'll tell myself because I enjoy them so much. Thanks for your reponse!

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      7 years ago from UK

      Hi YasmeenAli,

      I think it’s power showers that use as much water as baths, and it probably depends how long you spend in the shower and how much water you have in your bath! I remember reading a few years ago that in parts of Australia people were asked to spend no more than 5 minutes in the shower because of a drought at the time. (Not sure how they enforced it, perhaps the shower police came along and told people they’d had enough and to get out now!) Still, the low flow shower heads should make showers more efficient.

      Thanks for your comment. It got me thinking, as you can see!

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      7 years ago from UK

      Hi Cherylone,

      I’m so pleased to see the hub made you laugh, and that you enjoyed the second half too. Thanks for your kind comment.

    • YasmeenAli profile image


      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love this! Although, I have heard that baths actually conserve more water than showers. But either way, this was an enjoyable and somewhat useful hub.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      Melovy, I laughed all through the first part of this hub and thought it was great, then I read the second half and thought it was great too, what a great way to catch a persons attention! :)

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      7 years ago from UK

      Hi tillsontitan,

      Ah, I’m so glad to see your off to get your mother’s washboard. What a relief that the message is getting through to someone. Finally someone with some stamina after all these wusses!

      Thanks for your comment and glad it gave you a laugh.

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      You certainly catch attention with this one! Loved it and laughed through the first half. Job well done Melovy! I'll have to try to find my mother's washboard.

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      7 years ago from UK

      Hi Simone,

      You are about the right age for a onesie, so I’ll let you off! Thanks for your comment, and glad you enjoyed the hub.

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      7 years ago from UK

      Hi Veronica,

      And yet another wuss, I see. Not willing to try out ‘you know what’? What can I say?

      Thanks for your comment and glad you enjoyed it.

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Hahaa, this is fabulous! And I, for one, LOVE my onesie.

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      7 years ago from UK

      Hi Susan

      Another wuss - what is Hubpages coming to?

      Thanks for stopping by, and glad it gave you a laugh.

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      7 years ago from UK

      Hi jesimpki,

      Glad you like the hub. I saw your comment on the WTI forum, and will be reading your hub soon. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • VeronicaFarkas profile image

      Veronica Roberts 

      7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I, too, am a bit of a wuss. "You-know-what" will never be used to heat my home! LOL

      Great ideas. Seriously. I enjoyed the humor, too!

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      7 years ago from UK

      HI Sunshine625,

      Yay, you got here first! I so glad this hub was useful to you and that you are off to buy some washboards. Oh, but what’s that I see, a Not! What a wuss.

      Thanks for you comment, and I’m glad we’re hubbing buddies too.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      LOL Loved all your ways to boost home energy tips and found this hub really funny. Sorry but I am a Wuss what can say, I'll have to take the alternatives.

    • jesimpki profile image


      7 years ago from Radford, VA

      Love it! Very funny way to catch people's attention and great tips (the wussy ones)!

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I truly appreciate British humor!!! I like the way you think Yvonne and I'm glad we're hubbing buddies!! I'm off to purchase a washboard or two. Not! Voted UP and Funny!!


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