Along with the oven, the washing machine is one of the most energy-consuming household appliances. It must be said that with an average of 12 cents of water and 13 cents of electricity per cycle for a standard washing machine with a power of 1000 kWh, it can quickly weigh heavily on our energy bill. In total, in the end, it alone represents an average of 6% of the electricity consumption of our household appliances, hence the importance of taking measures to save some money with your washing machine. Fortunately, very simple reflexes to put in place for each wash will allow you to have a lower bill. From settings to filling through maintenance, here are all the little measures to put in place from the next cycle.
Remember in passing that when changing appliances, it is advisable to favor a class A+++ washing machine if possible. It will allow you to achieve 30% energy savings compared to a simple class A device, which already consumes less energy.
1) A good filling of the washing machine: THE reflex to save money
To save money, it is essential to fill your washing machine properly. This allows to make every cycle profitable by washing as many dirty clothes as possible and therefore avoiding having to repeat the washes. This will also optimize the proper functioning and power consumption of this major household appliance. However, we do not want to overload the drum! To be sure, try passing your hand between the pile of clothes and the top of the drum. If it passes, it means that the filling is three quarters of the maximum capacity of the appliance, which is more than enough to optimize the wash, avoid motor breakdowns and leave enough space for the laundry to be cleaned well without however, ending up too wrinkled or worn.
2) Make the right settings on the washing machine for more savings
Unless you have to deal with sheets and towels, it is better to limit too hot cleanings as much as possible. During daily washes, a cycle at 60°C instead of 30°C induces a consumption of 80% of electricity just to heat water. Switching to 30°C will lead to less wear and tear on the laundry while allowing you to save money in the long run without losing washing efficiency. There are also economic cycles which, as their name suggests, allow real savings to be made. In addition, in order not to waste energy, also think of reduce drying and spinning time of your machine and encourage drying in the open air rather than in the dryer.
3) Go easy on the detergent and fabric softener
Whether homemade or store bought, the products are very effective without the need to put on too much. Excessive quantities can lead to higher electricity consumption, as the device requires more time to properly rinse the laundry. Moreover, in addition to being polluting and harmful to the planet, industrial products are very irritating to the skin in large quantities and can quickly clog the washing machine. However, a clogged appliance will tend to smell bad, clean badly and make the linen smelly after washing… thus forcing you to clean it again! Finally, if you overdose on products too much, they don’t last very long, which means you’ll have to buy more quickly. Considering their cost, it is better to avoid.
4) Take advantage of off-peak hours
If you have the « Off-peak hours » option, take advantage of it! It saves money by using its devices at specific times (often between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.), where electricity is the cheapest.
5) Clean and descale your washing machine to save money
Like most appliances, the washing machine can become less efficient and more energy-consuming if it is poorly maintained, scaled or clogged. Installing a water softener can therefore be a great advantage if the water is very hard in your area. If you do not install one, you will have to remove the limestone and respect one vacuum wash per month at 90°C with white vinegar to avoid scaling. This will ensure its proper functioning in the long term. Replacing the fabric softener with white vinegar will also gently limit scale while limiting clogging of machine components. After each cycle, you will also need to wipe down the seal and clean the filter. These small harmless gestures will keep your machine in ‘good health’!