How to do Energy Efficient Laundry
Switch to a more efficient machine
Wash day for a large family can be a seemingly unending stream of whites and darks. But it doesn’t have to be such a mammoth task.Introducing a washer-dryer to your home can revolutionise your wash cycle, and potentially save you money into the bargain. There are tons of highly economical washer-dryers to choose from.
Washer dryers tend to be ranked according to their overall lifetime energy usage. One good option at the moment is the Siemens WD14H520, which ranks highly in terms of cost per year, and has a very low price per cycle. Similarly, the Bosch WVD24460 has a very low overall lifetime cost and offers a potential 5kg wash capacity, which is great in term of family laundry piles.
When shopping for a more efficient model, remember to look for the Energy Star rating, which will tell you how the green the washing machine is.
If you do decide to invest in a washer dryer, use the spin cycle to its full potential to ensure that most of the water is removed from the cycle before drying begins. It’s also a good idea to do bigger loads of washing in one go. A half full washer still uses the same amount of water, heat and energy in general as a full load, so it’s always best to try and fill the machine.
Where possible, wash at 30C to keep water heating costs down and try to remember to turn the appliance off at the wall when you’re not using it. If you’re trying to minimise unnecessary wash cycles, think about airing your clothes after you wear them, rather than washing every time. And if you don’t currently have a built-in dryer, try to air-dry clothes as much as possible to save on electricity.