In most homes the washing machine and tumble dryer are the appliances in your home that use the most energy. Cooking tends to draw more electric but its not on as long as a washing machine or tumble dryer.
Here are a few tips to consider to reduce the costs of washing and drying:
- Make sure you wash with a full load – this will cut down on how often you use the washing machine and tumble dryer.
- Your washing machine probably heats its own water which accounts for between 85-90% of electricity used. If you can reduce the water temperature of your wash this can make a large difference to the cost.
- If you have solar panels then run the washing machine when you are generating surplus energy. This will also mean you can hang the washing outside to dry which will increase the savings further
- Many washing machines and some tumble dryers have timers. If you have economy 7 then time your washes and drying cycles to run during this time. Electricity can be about 1/3rd of the cost during this time.
- Always hang out the washing if you can instead of using the tumble dryer
- Make sure your electricity tariff offers the best value for you