Home > Lifestyle > EnviroHealth > Green tips Updated 26 March 2013 What's wrong with a wrinkle? Irons are energy-hungry appliances, so it's worth knowing these tips for spending less time on one of the most tedious chores of all time. So tedious some people have freed themselves of it entirely. 0 Start A Health24 blog » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Test Are you envirohealth savvy? » Ask EnviroHealth Expert » Blood Lions: Bred for the Bullet movie trailer The amazing mountains on Pluto This year, the Monopoly iron token got voted off the board forever - perhaps a sign that ironing is going out of fashion in the real world too?In terms of energy-saving, this would be an excellent trend, as the average iron uses about as much energy as ten to eighteen 100-watt light bulbs. Unfortunately, as long as wrinkled clothes are associated with looking down-at-heel, some of us are still going to be chained to the ironing board. But if you do have to iron, make it as energy-efficient as possible, as follows: Before you switch the iron on, sort your laundry into three piles: low, medium and high temperature ironing. Begin with the low-temperature fabrics while the iron is warming up, and then move on to your medium and high-temperature piles.Iron one big load of laundry instead of reheating the iron for smaller batches. Switch the iron off before you’re finished so the remaining heat doesn’t go to waste. Use a reflective ironing board cover to reflect the heat, or put a piece of tn foil under the ironing board cover. This allows you to iron both sides almost at once, and thus cuts your ironing time.And really, it’s not necessary to iron every item of laundry. Take a hard look at yours and see if more items can’t be allowed the odd wrinkle. Some fabrics look fine if hung up to dry straight from the washing machine and then put on a hanger or folded neatly. Other items, like underwear, sleep and sportswear, or those old clothes you use for DIY and gardening don’t need to be perfectly pressed at all…surely? Olivia Rose-Innes, EnviroHealth Editor More in Lifestyle Improved sunscreen More: EnviroHealthGreen tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.