Did you know that about 80% of the energy used for washing clothes is actually used heating the water?
Washing clothes at 30°C rather than at higher temperatures uses around 40% less energy. Modern washing powders and detergents work just as effectively at lower temperatures, so unless you have very dirty washing, bear this in mind.
Wait until you have a full load before putting on a wash – two half-loads use more energy than a single full load.
If possible, save on your energy bills by line-drying clothes whenever possible, even on dry winter days, rather than using the tumble dryer. Your clothes will feel and smell fresher and probably dry more quickly than you expect. Or you can hang them on a clothes horse near a radiator or in a conservatory.
If you absolutely can’t do without a tumble-dryer, look out for one with the Energy Saving Recommended logo – this guarantees that you are buying one of the most energy efficient appliances available on the market. All Energy Saving Recommended dryers are either A or B rated for energy efficiency or have an electronic sensor system to ensure the clothes are not dried for longer than necessary.
Other tips for doing the laundry:
|Spinning your clothes on the washing machine’s highest spin cycle will remove as much water as possible, so they will dry more quickly on the line or in the tumble dryer.|
|If you have a washer/dryer make sure you don’t accidentally use the tumble dryer function when you don’t need it|
|Make sure your tumble dryer’s filters are fluff free|
|Don’t tumble dry for longer than needed|
|Switch your tumble dryer off at the plug socket when not in use|
|Sort out the washed clothes to make sure only the ones that need to be tumble dried get included on the drying cycle|
|Try to minimise unnecessary washing by hanging up clothes to air after wearing them so you can get the maximum use out of each item before needing to wash it|
|Hang or fold clothes up straight away after drying them so they will need less ironing|
|Think carefully about what you really need to iron. Avoid ironing towels, bed linen, tea towels etc. Where possible, buy easy-care non-iron clothes|