Energy saving beauty hacks
From rotating make-up brushes to LED facemasks, there are an increasing number of weird and wonderful electric grooming and beauty tools available to incorporate into your beauty regime.
And with all these gadgets quietly running up our energy bills, we teamed up with beauty blogger Helen Anderson to show you how to be super efficient with yours.
Hair dryers are hands down the biggest energy users of all the beauty gadgets. And many of us wash, dry and style our hair every day:
- Use yours on the coolest setting when you can, instead of blasting your hair on the hottest temperature. The action of heating up air to blow dry is what creates the biggest energy draw.
- Switch to a low wattage hair dryer the next time you buy a new one.
- To reduce the need for a dryer, let your hair dry naturally some of the time – it’s healthier for your hair and healthier for the environment.
Dentists and hygienists recommend electric toothbrushes for the best oral care. Although they’re not the most power hungry, unlike manual brushes charging them still adds to your bill.
Keeping your device on constant charge can wear down the life of the battery as well as draw some electricity. It’s best to charge your electric brush when it runs out of power. And running it to empty helps it recharge to maximum capacity when you do plug it into the mains.
Hair straighteners work by heating up the flat iron part that you ‘comb’ through your hair, which means they need electricity to generate the heat. When you're getting a new pair remember:
- For both energy efficiency and safety reasons, choose straighteners with an automatic shutoff feature. Aside from auto shutoff, some have a sleep feature that sense they’ve not been used for a short time.
- Choose ones with a temperature control; being able to adjust the heat settings is helpful in energy saving, and good for your hair.
And don’t forget…shorten your showers
Spending one minute less in the shower every day as part of your grooming routine will save you around £8 off your energy bills each year. It will also help reduce your water consumption, helping your water bills and the environment.
Get a smart meter
Smart meters are the best way to monitor what you are consuming and spending on energy because they have an in-home display that shows you the information in near real time. This will help you to work out how to make energy efficiencies and get your gas and electricity bills under control.