One of your domestic routines is putting on the washing machine to have clean clothes. This action undoubtedly goes hand in hand with an energy cost where you can make savings in your electricity bill by following simple advice.
For example, don’t put on the washing machine until it is full. This way you take maximum advantage of each load. If you want to wash a delicate garment, you can wash it by hand and hang it on a hanger. Washing machine consumption and energy efficiency are synonymous concepts. Would you like to optimize your washing machine’s potential? Then, as well as reading the instruction manual, follow this useful advice.
Advice for responsible consumption
MBeyond your personal habits, a determining factor for increasing your saving is to buy a washing machine labelled as a class A energy efficient electrical appliance..
With the blue Energy Star label, you can save one third of your bill.
Although this type of electrical appliance requires a higher initial cost than other models, this amount is redeemed in a short period of time as the saving level is high.
It is also very important that you contract electricity capacity that fits your actual needs, since if you contract a higher quantity than you really need, you also increase the cost in your electricity bill. In contrast, if you contract less than you require for your daily needs, you will have the inconvenience of periodical interruptions in supply due to overloading.
Use the amount of soap recommended by the manufacturer in each load to avoid using too much. This increases foam levels and has a direct effect on the washing machine operation as the motor must accelerate its performance compared to normal operation.
Some washing machines now have a capacity of up to seven kilos. Whatever your electrical appliance’s characteristics, it is highly recommended that you make good use of the space but do not
overload it with clothes. This will damage the appliance operation. For example, if you do not have enough space to wash your duvet cover at home, take your home textiles to the dry cleaner’s which offers an excellent service for this type of garment./p>
Before putting an item of clothing in the washing machine, it is highly recommended to rub it by hand with soap on the driest stains that are difficult to come out with just one wash. If you do this, you also reduce the need to wash using a hot water program.
The greatest energy expense in washing machines is due to the need to heat water.
In the supermarket you can find a wide range of detergent products that leave your clothes like new, or even “three-in-one” products. In terms of efficiency, liquid detergents better suit the needs of most modern washing machines with more advanced technology.
You can also easily check the exact dose with this type of detergent using the cap as a reference. Thanks to a high-quality spin cycle, you can also do without using the dryer. At the very least you can use it less during most months of the year (except January and February, when the days are very short and temperatures very cold). Therefore, environmental conditions also hinder clothes drying quickly.
If you have an old washing machine, hire a professional to inspect the appliance, since optimum operation of the machine is essential to guarantee energy saving.
If you put the washing machine on more than five times a week, find a way to reduce the number of times. For example, don’t change your clothes as many times in one day. Consult the electricity rate you have contracted and put on your washing machine at the time of day it costs less, since you will be able to tell the difference in your consumption. Remember if you live in a flat you should not put the washing machine on after 10:00 pm, the time when the noise may disturb your neighbours, as any noise is more noticeable at night-time.
It should also be highlighted that front-loading washing machines (i.e. with the door at the front) are more efficient in terms of savings than top-loading machines.
It is important you are aware that washing clothes in the machine damages them. For this reason, even though underwear and t-shirts must be constantly washed when used, jeans and other clothes do not have to be so frequently washed.
It is also highly recommended to clean the washing machine filters that may be blocked by too much lime scale.
Furthermore, if you hang out clothes as soon as the wash is finished and you place the delicate garments directly on a hanger, you will reduce energy spent on using an iron.
It is also very convenient that you choose the clothes you put in each wash based on different criteria. Firstly, the size of the clothes. And also the colour. For example, put on a white wash with garments with little volume. And then another wash with thicker, coloured clothes.
Undoubtedly, electrical appliance consumption is a noticeable expense in Endesa’s bills. Saving electricity by careful consumption is a responsible decision to help care for the environment.
Saving is an important habit in managing the household economy to be able to enjoy the service of the different electrical appliances based on correct use. This advice will help you reduce energy consumption in a useful and practical way.