It goes without saying that being a woman is hard work. Parts of our routines and lifestyle depend on electricity and involve lots of energy, literally and physically. This winter, try to cut back and keep your energy usage to a minimum by incorporating these tips into your routine.
- Use dry shampoo. Instead of washing your hair every night, conserve water by using dry shampoo. Dry shampoo can help your hair look nice and clean and let you avoid the shampoo and conditioner for at least an extra day, maybe two. Plus, shampooing and conditioning your hair on a daily basis can dry out your hair, so youâ€™ll reap multiple benefits by incorporating dry shampoo into your routine.
- Stop shaving so often. Itâ€™s winter and unlikely that youâ€™re wearing shorts or dresses on a regular basis, so why are you shaving? Give yourself a break from shaving your legs during the winter months. Shaving wastes lots of water so youâ€™ll potentially reduce costs and cut your shower time in half, not to mention youâ€™ll avoid the hassle!
- Let your hair air dry. Â Depending on your hair length and thickness, it may take you a while to blow dry your hair. Blow dryers use a lot of energy so instead of using one regularly, start showering at night and let your hair air dry while you sleep. This alternative will minimize your blow dryer usage and conserve energy. Plus, the less you use your blow dryer the longer it will last!
- Use your curling wand minimally. Curling wands make it super easy to make your hair look beautiful every day, however, to heat them to the highest temperature requires a significant amount of energy. Save your curling wand for special occasions. This will help you save energy, avoid heat damage to your hair and let you look forward to your night on the town when you can whip out the wand and curl your hair.
- Wash lingerie using cold water. Lingerie is expensive and often made of delicate fabrics. Donâ€™t throw lingerie in the washer and dryer at the highest temperature. Instead, hand wash these delicates using cold water. Unless you have a lot to wash, using the washing machine often wastes water. Doing laundry by hand can ensure the fabrics stay intact and help you save water and energy.
- Use cotton swabs with a paperboard spindle. Itâ€™s rare to be perfectly precise when putting on makeup. Cotton swabs can be saviors in these situations. Some brands of cotton swabs have a paperboard spindle while other are made of plastic. When stocking up on cotton swabs, be sure to look for ones with a paperboard spindle. According to Advanced Disaster Relief, if 10 percent of U.S. households switched to a paperboard spindle, the petroleum energy saved per year would be equivalent to over 150,000 gallons of gasoline.
- Stop making coffee. Forget brewing coffee for a morning pick-me-up and go on a swift jog or walk instead. Let the cold air wake you up. Itâ€™s a healthier option and doesnâ€™t require any electricity.
- Turn off the TV. Instead of sulking in bed on the colder days watching endless hours of Friends reruns on television, read that book youâ€™ve been meaning to get to, go walk your dog or do some sun salutations. Cure your seasonal blues by turning off the television and focus on something else. Maybe even get a travel book and start planning a vacation for the future!
- Turn on the fireplace and lower your thermostat. Turn on the fireplace and lower your thermostat setting to between 50 and 55 degrees, and embrace the warmth of the fireplace. Keeping the fireplace on and thermostat low will reduce heat loss and help you conserve energy. Thereâ€™s nothing better than snuggling by the fire during the cold winter months.