Get Energy Savvy
• Washing machines can account for as much as 20 per cent of the electricity you use. • Use cold water – almost 90 per cent of the energy consumed by washing machines goes to heating the water. Set the washing machine temperature to cold or warm and the rinse temperature to cold as often as possible. • Each wash cycle uses up to 60 to 90 litres of water. Use the washing machine on full load and plan washing periodicity to save on water too. • Adding too much detergent actually hampers effective washing action and may require more energy in the form of extra rinses. • Wash only full loads of clothing, but do not overload the machine. Sort laundry load and schedule washes so that a complete job can be done with a few cycles of the machine carrying its full capacity, rather than a greater number of cycles with light loads. • Soak or pre-wash the cloths for effective cleaning.