The laundry is a place where energy-saving changes can be easily made. The development of new washing powders has ensured there is little difference between washing in hot or cold water, which can help you save. What’s more – a few simple tips can make a big difference to cut your energy use.

How can I do it?

Wash clothes in cold water

  • Only use the washing machine when you have a full load
  • If your clothes are very dirty, soak them in a bucket before you wash them

Dry clothes the natural way

  • Use the sun’s free energy to dry your washing
  • Use an outside clothes line where possible, or use a clothes rack on wet days

If you really need to use an clothes dryer, here are some tips to help you save on energy:

  • Dry heavy items separately from light ones
  • Avoid overloading the dryer
  • Use the correct temperature setting for the clothes in the dryer
  • Clean the lint filter after use
  • Run an extra spin cycle in your washing machine before putting the clothes in the dryer
  • Dry your washing in consecutive loads to use the warmth from the last load

Electric clothes dryers are one of the biggest energy users in the home.