Going green and being more energy efficient can sometimes seem overwhelming. Visions of going off the grid come to people’s minds. In actuality, there are simple, everyday things you can do to save a little bit of energy, and money, and do your part to help conserve more energy.
Reduce Your Blow Dryer Usage
Blow dryers typically use about 1875 watts of power each time the average person dries their hair and work best in a non-humid environment. Allow your bathroom to ventilate, either by opening a window or using your ventilation fan, for a good 15 minutes. This allows your hair to air dry and gives your bathroom time to dehumidify. If you’re in a rush and can’t wait 15 minutes, try drying your hair in another room.
Brush With Bamboo
No, we don’t mean with sticks of bamboo, but brushing your hair with a bamboo hair brush. Brushes made from bamboo can actually dry your hair 20-40% faster than a normal hair brush.
Try Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo has made a huge beauty comeback, for both women and men. And for good reason. Using dry shampoo uses less water and energy to heat it. Plus, it’ll reduce the need for using blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons which helps save even more energy.
Cut The Cord
When using curling irons and hair straighteners, opt for tools that have an auto shut off function. It’ll help save energy if you forget to unplug them. And on the topic of unplugging, always unplug your hair styling tools to avoid them using phantom energy when not in use.
Light It Up
Use natural daylight whenever possible when applying makeup or doing your hair. If you need to turn on the lights, ensure your bathroom lighting is using energy efficient lighting like CFLs or LED lighting. Energy efficient options use about 80% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb.
Little changes can add up to have a large impact so take a look at your grooming routine and see if you can incorporate any of these changes to help make a difference