Appliances in the laundry room can cost you dear. Simply reducing the time that your tumble dryer runs, will keep money in your pocket.
Category 1 Savings
- An automatic washing machine uses the same amount of electricity for a full load as it consumes for a single item. Save dirty clothes until a full load has accumulated.
- Use the warm water setting and reduce the temperature from 90°C to 60°C when washing bed linen to cut back on the amount of electricity you use. You can also skip the pre-wash cycle for clothes that aren’t particularly dirty. This can cut down hot water usage by up to 20%.
- Hang your washing outside to dry instead of using a tumble dryer, it costs you nothing. Dry multiple loads of clothes consecutively, whenever you can, your dryer will be warm already so you’ll save energy.
- Make sure the lint filter in your tumble dryer is cleaned.
- An iron consumes as much energy as ten 100W light bulbs. So let some of that stored energy work for you by completing the last of your ironing with the iron switched off.
- By ironing large batches of clothing at one time, you can avoid wasting the energy it takes to reheat the iron.
Category 2 Savings
- Buy a front-loading washing machine instead of a top loader. It uses less water and costs less to operate.
- If you’re going to buy a new tumble dryer, make sure you buy one with Electronic Humidity Control (EHC). It shuts the machine off automatically when clothes are dry, unlike older dryers, which rely on timers.