We all want to contribute to a happier, healthier planet, and saving energy often saves us money as well! But it’s not always easy to think of green cleaning when you’ve got a few family-sized laundry loads to do, and a hectic life of your own! If you’re looking for a few simple ways to save the environment and reduce your environmental impact, read on to find out how to transform your laundry habits for the better.
Eco-friendly washing machines
In the past few years, washing machines have made some big improvements when it comes to efficiency and cleaning power. One of the major ways that you can have a positive effect on the environment is to switch to a more energy-conscious washing machine. What’s more, machines that have been designed to run on less energy will have lower running costs in the long-term.
Water usage is another big factor. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average UK household does over five washes a week – that’s over 260 a year. Waterwise have found that the average water consumption of a washing machine is about 50 litres per wash, although traditional top-loading models once used up to 150 litres. However, things are getting better: the Guardian reports that between 1990 and 2011, the energy efficiency of washing machines improved by 31%.
As a general rule, front-loading machines tend to use a smaller volume of water per wash, so if you have the money to spare now, you may end up reaping the benefits in years to come. Most new models of washer have been built with water and energy efficiency in mind.
If you haven’t got the budget for a brand new washing machine, there’s no need to worry – you can still make a big difference by changing the way that you wash your clothes! Start by reducing your wash cycle temperature.
Many washers are designed to clean just as efficiently at lower temperatures nowadays, and there are plenty of detergents that do the same.
Eco cleaning products
In addition to better cleaning power, a concentrated product can save energy as well. Since 2008, we have been reformulating our powder in key regions, and have reduced our recommended dose per wash by 25%. Less product means less packaging, and less energy used on production and transport. Finally, it may sound obvious, but try to fill your machine to maximum capacity where possible, without overloading it – you’ll be saving energy, water, and money by doing fewer washes.
Green drying habits
If you’ve got a washer-dryer or drying machine, there are several ways you can use it more efficiently. It’s important to clear the lint filter regularly, as this can make drying cycles faster. Some newer models have moisture sensors that actually stop the machine automatically when the clothes are dry.
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to cut down your environmental impact. Power-efficient washing machines can make a dramatic difference, but you don’t need to spend thousands of pounds to do your bit. Just by making small changes to your washing and drying habits, you can help conserve the environment with every single load.