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Laundry Tips

You can save £’s each year on your electricity bill by choosing an energy efficient machine and following these tips:

  • An energy saving recommended washing machine will not only reduce your bills, but you’ll also save 34 kilograms of CO2.
  • Use lower temperatures for higher savings. Switching to a 30 degree wash cycle could save you on average, an astounding 41% on your energy consumption!
  • Only use the machine when you have a full load.
  • If you have to do a smaller wash, use the half load function. The spin on the machine may mean that more energy is used but by spinning your clothes you are removing more excess water, therefore reducing your drying time in a tumble dryer.
  • Washing machines that are AAA rated mean they are: A for energy, A for wash quality and A for spin. Products with A+ are more energy efficient than A rated products.

Refrigeration Tips

  • Energy saving fridges and fridge freezers use over 60% less energy than a typical old one. This could give you savings of up to £45 and 180 kilograms of CO2 a year for a fridge freezer and £20 and 80 kilograms of CO2 for a fridge.
  • Never put warm of hot food into the fridge. By putting warm food into your fridge it will make the fridge work extra hard to try and keep cold, always allow food to cool down first.
  • Defrost frozen food in the fridge to help keep it cool as it thaws.
  • Keep your fridge/freezer at least three quarters full.
  • Ensure your appliance is installed in a well-ventilated area. If the ambient temperature is low (but in no case lower than 5 degrees C), then the energy saving will be more.
  • Ensure the time between buying chilled/frozen food and placing them in your appliance is kept at minimum, particularly in summer. We recommend you use a cool bag or a special carrier bag to carry frozen food.
  • Do not leave the door(s) of your appliance open longer than necessary and ensure they are closed properly after each opening.