CLM’s top 5 tips on how to reduce laundry costs and save energy….

As the cost of living soars and energy bills set to rise further it’s worth knowing that washing machines and tumble dryers can be among the most energy-consuming appliances.

CLM’s technical expert and energy-efficiency manager explains how some simple changes to your laundry routines could make it more efficient and sustainable and help to reduce bills.

It comes as households across the UK are facing a cost of living squeeze with energy bills set to rise by £693 on average, something not affordable to most, particularly within general needs, sheltered and extra care housing, where some of the most vulnerable also have the greatest needs.

So technical expert and energy efficiency manager at CLM, Amanda Green, has shared how to save monies by reducing energy usage, including the cheapest time period to use your laundry equipment.

From machine maintenance to cold cycles, these five top tips could help cut your energy bills and protect the planet at the same time.

1. Use your machines later in the day.

Sophie explains; there are certain times of day when using your machines can rack up your energy bill, as increased demand can make electricity more expensive, depending on your tariff.

The most expensive time for you to wash or dry clothes is between 4pm and 7pm, so try and avoid using between these hours.

Energy prices are at their lowest between 10pm and 5am – perfect for night owls and early risers, but make sure you follow fire safety guidance and never put a load in and head to bed for the night.

2. The cooler the cycle, the better

Washing at cooler temperatures can greatly increase your machines energy
efficiency. A 30C cycle can reduce your washer energy use in half, compared to a 40-60C cycle and also helps extend the life of your clothes.

Save your hot washes for any bedding, towels, underwear and sportswear etc as these items are most likely to host bacteria.

When it comes to drying, the same applies, with it being more efficient if you run a cooler cycle, even if this means the cycle takes longer. Additionally, you will not shrink your clothing!

3. Fill your drums with the right loads

It is much more efficient to do a large laundry load rather than numerous smaller ones, so make sure you fill your machines with suitable loads. Rule of thumb is fill the washer by about two thirds, to insure your laundry is washed thoroughly and your dryer does not take too long to dry your clothing.

A good way to ensure your machine will run efficiently as possible is to check if you can still touch the top of the drum easily after filling the machine. If you can’t fit your hand in and amongst your clothing, the machine is over-filled.

4. Maintain your machines

To keep your washer in top condition it is best to clean it at least every three months. Running a hot cycle with a limescale removing product will help keep your washing machine as energy efficient as possible. If unsure on products to use, contact CLM’s FREE Helpline for fast, friendly advice.

For your dryer, remember to clean the lint filter after every cycle and this will reduce cycle times and increase the energy efficiency of the machine.

At least annually, vented dryers should have ducts cleaned, not just for fire safety but to reduce cycle times and save energy. Washers will also benefit from a thorough preventative maintenance service, ensuring optimum efficiency too. Book your engineer visits with CLM and save on energy costs.

5. Use the most energy-efficient machines

Machines vary in sizes, capacities, features and energy efficiency. Having the correct machine for your needs is so important in saving money. Whether in your home or a communal laundry, making sure size, capacity, functionality and performance of equipment is best suited to requirements can save up to 70% in energy use alone ! If you need help checking, contact the experts, CLM for a FREE on obligation review and see how much you can save….

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