When you’re trying to reduce your energy usage to save money and cut down on your carbon footprint, it’s easy to forget about the small things that can add up over time. Whether you live alone or with a family, chores are an unavoidable part of home life. Luckily they don’t have to be expensive—with a few tweaks, they can be completed in an energy-efficient way!

The first step is to avoid using energy during peak times as much as possible. Peak time is generally from 3 pm-10 pm, off-peak is from 10 pm-7 am and the shoulder period is generally from 7 am-3 pm. Here are seven additional ways to make your chores more efficient:

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