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Dish Washers/Tumble Dyers/Washing Machines

Dish Washers

A few years ago dishwashers weren't very efficient and would use a lot of water and energy. Nowadays one in four households have a dishwasher and on average this does 250 cycles per year. Used correctly, dishwashers can now actually save energy and water. Energy efficient dishwashers now only use a third of the energy of a similar model from the 1970's. Many new dishwashers also use less than 5 gallons of water, which is less than what is used when washing up by hand. And did you know that that about 80% of the energy used is actually just to heat up the water? Here are a few tips to follow when buying dishwasher.

Dish Washer
* When purchasing a dishwasher, look out for features that reduce water usage. Consider ones that use a few less gallons during cycles as this can reduce costs.

* Choose a model that has a half-load or light cycle.

* Check to see if the dishwasher has an air drying cycle as well as a heat drying cycle. Heat drying uses up a lot of energy whereas air-drying in comparison uses very little energy.

* If your dishwasher has a rinse/hold button for just a few soiled plates/dishes, try not to use it as this uses between 3-7 gallons of water alone.

* Prevent blockages and breakdowns by regularly clearing and cleaning drains and filters of food waste.

* Choose a dishwasher that has a heating element where you can alter the thermostat. It usually is boosted to 140 degrees. Turn it down to 125 degrees and it will clean just as effectively, but also save energy.

Tumble Dyers

Tumble dyers love eating up electricity. Yet one in three households have one. Many people, especially ones who have large families feel that having a tumble dryer is essential. Especially with unpredictable British weather! There are now 'A' rated dryers available. They cost more to buy, but save in the long term on bills. Here are a few tips to ensure that your tumble dryer as a minimal effect on the environment.

* Dry heavier and lighter clothes and linen separately. This helps reduce drying times.

* Make sure clothes aren't dripping wet when you put them in the dryer. When they are soaking wet this significantly increases drying times. Where possible pop them on the clothesline outside to air before drying them.
Washing Machine
* Look out for moisture censors when purchasing a tumble dryer. The dryer automatically switches off when the clothes are dry.

* Dry two or more loads in a row, as there is retained heat in the dryer that will only go to waste if not used.

* Buy a gas dryer instead of electric. Gas dryers are cheaper to run, and also produce 33% less greenhouse gas than electric dryers.

Washing machines

Nine in ten people have a washing machine, which on average does 274 cycles a year. Washing machines tend to be more efficient when fully loaded, and like dishwashers, washing machines use about 80% of the total energy used to heat the water. By law, it is now required that washing machines have the European Energy Label which rates their energy efficiency. A being the best.
Here are some tips for washing machines.

* When buying a washing machine see if it has a half-load/economy feature. Although it is still more energy efficient to do full loads, use these features if you are doing a half load.

* Always try to do full loads where possible, but never overload.

* Don't over wash clothes. Some delicates don't need a long wash. Plus your clothes will last longer too.

* Reduce the temperature setting if you can. By reducing it by 10 degrees, the washing machine can save up to 13% energy. This doesn't alter the cleaning effectiveness.

* Think economical. If you have a large family and do lots of washing, it is more economical to buy a bigger washing machine. If you are a single person it is more economical to buy a small washing machine.

Also look out for energy logos such as the one below when you are purchasing anything new.

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