Simple Tips For A Simple Task – Filling The Kettle

Filling the kettle? When you get into the whole eco-friendly lifestyle drive, it’s amazing how you start to realize the large consequences that small and simple actions can have. Suddenly you start to understand the butterfly effect and to consider the ripples that your mundane actions can have across multiple areasFilling The Kettle of your own life and the health of the planet. It’s when you realise how important these little decisions are that you really start to understand the reason that eco activists are so passionate about small topics, and why such a fuss is made about seemingly petty matters.

Let’s take a simple example – filling the kettle. It’s a relatively mundane task that’s simple and easy and that we do every single day. Probably you have already poured water into the kettle today and given it no thought. However if you did this wrong, it could have had huge ripples on your life and on the environment. Here we will look at how and why this is the case.

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Energy

First of all, it’s important to consider that when you use the kettle you are using a lot of energy. It’s also crucial that you recognise that the amount of energy used correlated precisely to the amount of water in the kettle. In other words if you fill the kettle all the way to the top then this will use more energy than if you were to just fill it partially. This then means you’re wasting energy and increasing your carbon footprint – and though it’s not by much, this will all add up quickly if you have several cups of tea in your house a day.Filling The Kettle - In The Kitchen

Water

Have you ever come to your kettle, realised that there’s been water in it for the last ten days or so, and decided to pour it away? Hopefully if you are conscious of hygiene then the answer will be yes, in which case you are wasting water by over-filling your kettle too. Bearing in mind the energy that goes into cleaning that water and getting it to your taps this is again a waste of energy.

Health

The longer you have excess water sitting in your kettle the more and more stagnant it’s going to get and the more lime scale is going to build up around the bottom. While this won’t kill you, it’s not very healthy and it’s not great tasting either.

Time

Time is money, and the amount of time it takes to boil a full kettle versus the amount of time it takes to boil just a small amount of water for one mug is considerable. In other words then if you’re waiting for a full kettle to boil you are wasting your time too.

Money

When you waste energy you waste money – this correlation is simple and well known. At the same time though if you pay for your water according to usage then you’re wasting money that way too when you over-fill the kettle. At the same time you will also find that filling the kettle more causes it to break sooner and this in turn causes you to have to shell out on a new one faster.

Mould

If your property has a moist smell to it then that’s because you have droplets of water molecules in your air. These droplets then cling to your walls and sap the energy from your property, but at the same time they also encourage mould which is very bad for your property and your health. One of the quickest ways to cause excess moisture in your property is to generate unnecessary steam from standing hot water – by for instance, over filling the kettle.

Hi! I’m Gemma Hastings specializing in providing information about solar panels. I have written numerous articles on solar PV and solar plane. Follow me on Twitter!

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