It's a long time since doing the laundry was a manual chore! Nowadays we set the washing machine going mechanically, without giving it much consideration. Yet changing your laundry habits can help you save money.
Here are a few tips for optimising how you use your washing machine.
Did you know that up to 95% of the energy consumed by your washing machine is used to heat the water? So you will achieve the most savings by acting on this factor. How?
Do you have a day/night dual meter? Use your washing machine at night or on weekends to enjoy the reduced tariff.
If you have photovoltaic panels, it is better to do your laundry in the middle of the day to take advantage of the free electricity produced by your panels.
For laundry that is not too dirty, try soapnuts (the fruit of the Koelreuteria paniculata tree). Add a few drops of essential oil to the detergent drawer.
Do you have a solar water heater? You can connect it to your washing machine and save anywhere between 25 and 70% of electricity, provided you fit a mixer. This device, connected to hot and cold water taps, allows you to adjust the water temperature. Otherwise, very hot water from the solar water heater could damage your delicate clothes and your machine, which may not necessarily be designed to receive hot water.
Light maintenance is enough to keep your washing machine on top form.
|Attention: since March 1, 2021, a new, revised and simplified energy label has been launched. With no more "+” signs, the classification extends again from A to G.|
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