This Mother’s Day why not treat your mum with something that will truly leave her genuinely impressed – giving the gift of clean! Day in day out, we are in awe of our mums’ abilities to do incredibly complex things like fold fitted sheets so perfectly (how do they do it!?!). So, in honour of good old mum, let’s have a look at some of the fastest and most energy efficient way you can take care of the chores (bonus points if you’re the favourite child).
Breeze through your laundry basket:
Doing the laundry in one of the more tedious tasks, however, given that running a washing machine can use anywhere between 72 to 181 litres of water per load, it’s important to be conscious of the energy you are using.
- Wash clothes on the shortest cycle with the lowest water level, your washing machine alone contributes 7% to your energy bill so keep cycles and temperatures low.
- Use cold water or a 30°C cycle when possible. You only need warmer temperatures for getting out particularly difficult stains – washing your clothes at lower temperatures also tends to be kinder to fabrics, and help your clothes last longer.
- If you mainly do a lot of low temperature washes, don’t be afraid to do an occasional hot wash. This will get rid of bacteria and prevents the build-up of odours in your machine.
Optimise your dryer:
Washing clothes is only half of the story, now what about drying them?
As many of us know, the most efficient way of drying your clothes is hanging them up and letting them air dry, however this can take a very long time.
- Remember to clean the filters every time to make sure they’re free from fluff. This will allow the machine to operate more efficiently.
- If you’re in a rush, try adding a dry towel into the dryer to act as a moisture separator.
- Modern machines continue to rotate longer in order to prevent creases which in turn uses more energy, so remove your clothes as soon as they’re dry.
Dishwasher vs washing up:
A common debate in some households, is it cheaper washing dishes by hand or using the dishwasher? If you decide to use the dishwasher, follow the tips below:
- Avoid pre-rinsing your plates with warm water, this will start up your boiler. Instead carefully scrape as much food off prior or rinse with cold water.
- Make sure the dishwasher is full before running as it will save more energy than washing manually.
- If available, use the energy-efficient or eco setting, this will use around a third of the water you would use washing up in the sink.
One for the mums: If your laundry machine is over ten years old then the chances are it will be making your energy bills unnecessary high!
We hope the above helps! From everyone here at Spark, we’d like to wish mums everywhere a very Happy Mother’s Day!
With Spring around the corner, why not have a look at our great energy saving tips, here?