Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Use what's left in the kettle...

This is a great one that falls into the reuse before recycle category - and makes some of your energy use even more efficient!

Having tea or coffee?

Kettle manufacturers tell you never to under-fill their kettles - having them on when there is little or no water can damage the heating element so it is this small amount of extra water that we're talking about here.

There's two things you can do with what's water left over...
  • Tip it into a jug and later use it for watering plants
Many water companies add things like fluoride to our water to benefit our health - but such additives don't necessarily help our plants. When such water is boiled, these chemical additives get driven off, making the water much better for the plants. And remember if you're in a hard water area it softens it too.
  • Sterilize your wiping-up cloth
Squeeze out any excess water and pour the just-boiled water over it, making sure the whole cloth gets a soaking

BUT don't add extra water to your kettle just to allow the above, otherwise you're energy use becomes less efficient. Without adding extra water to the kettle, you'll still have at least half a mug-full left over.

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