Saving energy in the laundry

You can make the process of doing your laundry more energy efficient with just a few small adjustments to the way you use your washing machine and clothes dryer.

Washing Clothes

Consider the following each time you wash:

  • Make sure the washing machine is full before you turn it on.
  • Wash in cold water only.
  • If equipped with an economy cycle, use it.
  • Use a faster spin speed to minimise drying time.

Drying Clothes

If you also use a tumble dryer, some things to think about are:

  • Use the “medium” temperature setting rather than the “high” setting.
  • Use the clothesline or clothes horse / drying rack.

New Appliances

If you are considering purchasing a new washing machine or tumble dryer:

  • Front loading washing machines are more energy and water efficient.
  • Choose an appliance with a 5 star energy efficiency rating.
  • Choose a washing machine that has an economy cycle.
  • Choose a dryer that offers a low temperature setting.