We hand-picked four grubby GIYers from the washing basket to review to eco-washball (RRP $37.95) a round plastic laundry-ball filled with 3 types of ceramic pellets. You throw it into the washing machine along with your clothes and ½ the detergent you’d normally use (or no detergent at all). I’d send you onto a link but the eco-washball site is currently down. As to the science in it, and what those little ceramic pellets might be doing, I’ve got a chemist onto it and the results will be posted here soon.
Our reviewers ran it through it’s paces and here’s what they thought.
It's accounts for around 10% of your electricity bill even when it's doing nothing more than standing-by waiting for you to start up an appliance or pick up a remote control and hit the 'on ' button.
Most of us are aware that if you turn stuff off at the powerpoint - stereo, computers, microwaves, telis, fishtanks, footwarmers and anything that has a little electronic light of feels warm to the touch - you can stop this slow leak of electricity and cut your bill by 10%.
Are you a switcher offerer or have you switched off?
I love opening up my power bill. Love the crackle as I tear open the envelope, the chart, the stories! And now, for added excitement, there’s a competitive element! A graph comparing your energy use with other folk in your neighbourhood (names withheld!) to see who holds the energy high-ground*.
Comparing energy bills is my equivent of looking in someones bathroom cabinet!
I’ve always found comedy in the excessive production of utterly useless electric appliances. The butterfly tin opener was replaced by the electric can opener, ugg boots replaced by heated slippers, a trip to the pie shop replaced by a pie making machine and only a few years ago the humble doona was trumped by a plush electric ‘throw’ blanket?
Oh, how I mocked the early adopters of that technology. Why did we need to heat our blankets before we put them on? What would our pioneering grand-women make of such folly?
I'll spare you the details but we've had a blocked loo. After trying to fix it, and failing, I called in the plumber. While he was here I popped the question - full flush, half flush or not flush at all? What is best for the environment, sewers and my own pee-ce of mind (that is the first and last lavatory joke I am going to do I promise).
I love to be resourceful – with the food, my time and energy. The more meals I can eek out from one thing and one session in the kitchen, the better.The other day I cooked up a cracking roast lamb. I’m a country girl and this is my ultimate childhood favourite. With the left-over meat and gravy I made shepherds pie and with the bones and last bits, lamb barley soup – 1 leg of lamb, 3 meals. My granny would be proud – and I really made the most of the meat and its eco-hoofprint.
A few weeks ago I presented a GIY-workshop at the One Million Women summit in Sydney. I did a quick garbled session on DIY fix-its with Bernie Hobbs. What we lacked in clarity we made up for in comedy. I love the whole idea behind this campaign.
So often, climate change campaigns and campaigners give the impression of being hard core and hairy. Unless you are a firm follower, it's hard to get motivated to get involved.
Presently I am thinking about presents - I love the idea of giving presents with thought and love attached - something homemade, handmade or lovingly chosen through understanding, listening (or eavesdropping) and knowing.
I used to be very pro-active about turning stuff off at the wall, my career depended on it but now it bores me.
I saw these the other day at ALDI- the VIVID Remote Control Socket Set (not a good name) for around $25. Four sockets with one remote control that can turn them all off. I've heard about fighting stand-by power with remote controls and here it was.