In the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, Phil (played by Bill Murray) finds himself trapped in a time warp and relives the same day over and over again. His alarm goes off each day at 6 a.m. and plays “I Got You, Babe” by Sonny & Cher as he relives February 2 hundreds of times. If you feel stuck in the same old routine like Phil, check out these tips and learn how to save energy during your day-to-day activities. The best part about doing the same things every day is we can always find ways to improve.
We know taking a shower is necessary. Try setting a timer to see how long you actually run the water. If you’re spending time standing in the shower thinking about your upcoming day, you might be wasting even more water than you realize. The average shower lasts eight minutes. Try cutting your shower time down 30 seconds per day until you get to five or six minutes. Your water bill will thank you.
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but time and energy are both valuable resources on weekday mornings. Try making breakfast for the whole week on Sunday evening. Make a batch of pancakes or scrambled eggs, refrigerate separate portions and microwave them in the mornings. Microwaves are more energy-efficient than ovens or stoves, and they’re fast when you’re in a rush. If you need coffee in order to function, ditch the single-serve coffee machines and try using a French press. These coffee makers generate no plastic or aluminum waste, and you can compost the grounds.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average commute for Americans is 25.4 minutes. If you spend every day sitting in the same traffic, it’s hard to be in a good mood when you get to work. Look for new options with public transportation to save gas. If there is no public transportation available in your area, try carpooling with a friend. Carpooling will make your gas money last twice as long, and you’ll have company for the ride. If the roads are congested when you commute, try traveling at new times. Ask your manager if you could come in an hour earlier and leave an hour earlier to see if you can have a faster commute.
Laundry is a necessary task that never ends. However, there are ways to be more efficient when it comes to washing clothes. Wash your clothes with cold water and cold-water detergent when possible. If you’re only washing a small load, use a lower-level water setting. Some dryers now come with a moisture sensor setting in addition to a timer setting. Use the moisture sensor setting to avoid over-drying your clothes.
If you leave your TV on while you’re falling asleep, this is a habit that’s begging to be broken. First of all, the light from your TV makes it hard to fall asleep. Second, your TV is wasting energy after you fall asleep and no one is even enjoying the reruns of Friends. Try reading a book or writing in a journal until you fall asleep.