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 a tonne of CO2 over the lifetime of the machine. If every household in Devon washed at 30ºC instead of 60ºC, together we could reduce our emissions by a massive 18,000 tonnes each year

How?

Wash all loads at 30ºC and if you want make it extra efficient make 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?

Hang your clothes outside on a dry day or inside on a clothes rack during wet days. Consider investing in a heated airer which dry your clothes faster but are much more sustainable than a dryer.