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100 tips for saving energy - Refrigerators and Freezers

Washing Machine

  1. Your washing machine and tumble dryer are two of the appliances in your home that use the most energy. You may not be able to cut down how often you use them, but you can make some small changes to how you use them that will help you save energy and money.
  2. When using the washing machine, between 85-90% of energy is used just to heat up the water. Therefore, dropping the water temperature of your wash could significantly decrease your energy consumption. Over a year, by using a warm wash rather than a hot wash, you could cut consumption nearly in half.
  3. Wash laundry in cold water. This does just as good a job, keeps your colours bright, and saves lots of energy.
  4. Other tips for conserving energy when washing are: Only use the machine when you have a full load, and 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.

Electric Clothes Dryer

  1. Electric tumble dryers are commonly the second biggest energy user in the home, after the refrigerator. They are obviously used a lot less, but still use a huge amount of electricity when switched on.
  2. If you do need to use the dryer, then ensure the clothes are as dry as possible after washing, eg, they have gone through a fast spin so that there is minimum excess water. This will reduce drying time considerably.
  3. Take clothes out of the dryer and fold them while they are still warm to prevent wrinkling; your iron uses a lot of energy.
  4. You can avoid using the dryer so often by line drying clothes whenever possible or using an indoor clothes dryer when the weather is bad.

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