Washing and Drying

Wash at 30ºc

Why?

Washing clothes at 30ºC instead of normal temperatures means you use 40% less electricity, saving you over £10 a year on your electricity bill and half quarter of a tonne of CO2 each year. If every household in Devon washed at 30ºC instead of 60ºC, together we could reduce our emissions by a massive 250,000 tonnes each year.

How?

Wash all loads at 30ºC and make it extra efficient by making sure you always wash full loads of clothes and wash on the economy mode where possible. 

Hang dry your clothes

Why?

Tumble dryers are incredibly energy hungry appliances. An average drying-machine cycle uses just over 4kWh of energy and produces around 1.8kg CO2. If all households with a tumble dryer dried one load of washing outside each week, instead of by machine, they would save over a million tonnes of CO2 in a year.

How?

Keep your eye on the weather forecast and plan to do laundry on dry days so that you can hang your clothes outside. If you have to do laundry on wet days,  dry clothes inside on a clothes rack – open the windows slightly in that room to help the moisture escape and close the door. If this doesn’t’ work for you, consider investing in a heated airer, which dry your clothes faster but are much more sustainable than a dryer because the waste heat contributes to heating your home.