If you’re looking to save money on your energy bills, you’ll probably find you can significantly cut your energy costs by changing a few of your household habits. Washing and drying your laundry is one area that can potentially use up a lot of energy, yet it doesn’t have to be!
By making small changes, such as switching from a hot wash to a cool wash and drying your laundry outside, you can reduce your energy consumption and save money.
Want to know more? Watch our quick video to find out how to save money on your laundry.
Laundry tips and tricks
When doing your laundry, there are a few easy ways you can save energy. Always try to ensure that you have a full load in the washing machine when you use it, as a bigger load means you’re getting the most out of each cycle.
Washing your laundry on a cool wash will also help to cut your energy costs. Turning your washing machine temperature down from 60˚C to 30˚C will save you £13 per year. Another easy way to save money is by drying your clothes outside or on a rack instead of using a tumble dryer. Just making this small change could save you another £20 per year.
As well as saving you money, cutting back on your energy usage also reduces your carbon footprint. If you switch to washing on a cool wash and avoid using a tumble dryer, you’ll also make a CO₂ environmental saving of 110kg.
Energy efficient washing machines
When you buy a washing machine, it’s a good idea to think about investing in an energy efficient model. Washing machines, washer dryers and tumble dryers should all come with EU energy efficiency labels, so you can quickly see if the appliance you’re buying is energy efficient.
Modern energy efficiency ratings range from D to A+++, with D being the least efficient and A+++ being the most efficient. To find out more about energy efficient appliances, have a read through of our guide on finding the most energy efficient appliances for your home.
If you can’t find an energy efficiency label on a washing machine you’re intending to buy, ask the retailer to provide one for you as they’re required to do so by law. Ensuring your appliances are as efficient as possible will save you a lot money down the line.
Looking for more ways to save money? Here’s how you can save energy in your kitchen.