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Washing and Drying Efficiently

Australians waste hundreds of dollars each year by using their electrical appliances inefficiently.  It’s imperative that you buy the right size of washing machine for your family's needs as well as the right dishwasher with the correct number of place settings for the size of your family.  This will prevent you from needlessly wasting electricity.  Refer to our buying guides to ensure you have bought the right electrical appliance for your home or visit www.saveenergysavemoney.com.au to upgrade your existing appliance.

Let’s look at some of the appliances we use most and some ways that can help shave dollars of your energy bills.

A lot of people use hot washes as they think it cleans the dirt off their clothes better.  While in some instances this may be true most of the time a cold wash will do the job just as well.  These days there are so many different washing detergents out their specifically designed to maximise the clean power of a cold wash.  So why not ditch the hot water and use a cold from now on, look at how much you can save in the below table:

Capacity

Star Rating

Annual Running Cost Cold Wash

Annual Running Cost Hot Wash

5Kg

3.5

$15.95

$63.82

7Kg

3.5

$18.40

$90.81

9Kg

3.5

$34.36

$111.68

Based on 365 washes at 0.27cent per KW

Another great way to save on your washing energy bills is to use your machine during your off peak hours (these may vary depending on your energy company so make sure you check with your energy provider when there off peak and on peak times are).  Off peak are mostly unsociable hours so if you’re not a night hawk or an early riser you can buy washing machines with timer switches and select when you want them to run.

Wasing Machine Timer Function

Clothes washed now, time to hang them out to dry, line drying your clothes is one of the best ways to save with your energy bills.  Clothes Dryers can cost you over $300 per year on your energy bills.  It may not always be the season to dry your clothes on the washing line so invest in a good quality drying rack for drying your clothes inside.

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Find the hot spot in your home, most homes have a room that the sun belts in during the day, set the drying rack up in here and your clothes will be dry in no time.  Another great advantage to drying your clothes inside is it adds moisture and can prevent you having to turn on the humidifier.  Some days there is just no drying in the air and you may need to use the clothes you have washed, or you enjoy a fluffy towel from the clothes dryer.  No problem simply part dry on the drying rack and then when you need them finish them off in the clothes dryer you’ll need a lot less energy to dry them so will still save on your electricity bills.

Don’t over load your washing machine or clothes dryer, it will have to work harder and will be less efficient at cleaning/drying your clothes.  There needs to be adequate space in the clothes dryers to blow hot air through to dry your clothes, if you over load your dryer you’ll have to turn it on for twice as long.  In these cases you’ll usually find the clothes in the middle form a tight wet ball and will need to be re-dryed once the other clothes are removed.

In the same instance don’t wash half loads ensure your washing machine is full before turning it on, otherwise you’ll find yourself using the washing machine twice as much.  If you’re not sure on how much is too much or too little look at the Kg capacity of your machine.  If you have a 5Kg washing machine you can put in 5kg of dry clothes if you have an 8kg washing machine you can put in 8kg of dry clothes and so on.

Ensure you regularly clean our lint filters and any filters in your washing machine to ensure they are operating at maximum efficiency.  

Laundry done, onto the dishes now.  Do you hand wash your dishes or use a dishwasher?  It can be more energy efficient to use your dishwasher if used correctly, not to mention easier on you!  Using a dishwasher uses less water than you would if you hand washed.  However if you have a hot water system then you will use less electricity washing your dishes by hand, unless of course you have solar providing your electricity.

Firstly ensure you have the right size dishwasher for your family; you can refer to our buying guides to ensure you have the right size for your needs.  Like with your washing machine use during off peak hours and ensure you have a full load before turning it on other wise you’ll end up wasting water and electricity.

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Do you pre-rinse all of your dishes in hot water then put them in the dishwasher on the hottest wash?  If this is you then you really are wasting electricity.  You use electricity to heat up the hot water to rinse the dishes then use electricity to heat up water in your dishwasher to virtually clean dishes that are already clean. 

Instead scrap all your plates thoroughly then there is no need to pre-rinse them, after you have used pots and pans get into the habit of scraping these out too.  Where needed soak the pan in cold water after you have used them and by the time you have finished your dinner you should be able to wipe off the food scraps using a scorer then pop in the dishwasher.  No need to turn that hot water tap on!

We hope this helps you to use your washing and drying appliances more efficiently and reduces your electric bills.  If you have a tip to share we would love to hear from you enquiries@saveenergysavemoney.com.au

Need to upgrade you current appliance or need a new one?  No problem Australia, visit www.saveenergysavemoney.com.au and start comparing prices today. 

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