It’s not just the initial cost of a washing machine that has an impact on your bank balance, the energy it uses keeps on costing you through your electricity bill during the course of its lifetime, too.
The cost of running a washing machine over its lifetime really adds up. Your washing machine uses electricity to heat water and turn the drum every time you use it – but some machines are cheaper to run that others, especially if you’re cleaning several loads a week and using higher temperatures. Choose a cheaper-to-run machine and your electricity bills will be lower.
While there’s not a great difference between the annual running costs of different washing machines, some cheap models can cost more than their initial purchase price to run over 10 years. An energy saving washing machine will typically cost around £15-£20 per year to run, compared with some that will add around £35 to your annual energy bill
How washing machines compare on efficiency
Washing machine energy efficiency has improved in recent years, but some washing machines remain more energy efficient than others.
The average washing machine uses 9.5 litres of water for every kilogram of cotton clothes it washes. But water usage varies between models, ranging from an 8kg machine that can use just 5.5 litres of water per kilogram to an 6kg washer that consumes 22.7 litres of water per kilogram.
While the better performing washing machines use 44 litres of water at maximum capacity, the less water efficient models – with a smaller capacity – can use 136.2 litres.
To put those figures into perspective, if you always washed at max capacity and did the average three 40ºC cotton washes a week for a year, the good machine would save you 4,203 litres less water – more than 52 baths of water.
Washing machine efficiency tips
- Wash a full load 40ºC cotton washes are designed to take a full drum’s worth of laundry, so always try to wash the maximum amount in each load to get the most value from the water and energy you’re using.
- Avoid using extra rinse If you have very sensitive skin you may find it necessary to use the extra-rinse function on your washing machine to remove more detergent from laundered clothes. Try not to use this function unless it’s absolutely necessary, though – it’s another water waster
- Switch to 30ºC Washing at 30ºC instead of 40ºC can save you around £9 a year. Good quality laundry detergents designed for low temperatures during a 30ºC program are good, and help use an average of 40% less electricity per wash
All washing machines are awarded an official EU efficiency rating, from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient), to help you find the machines that are cheapest to run.
The efficiency of washing machines has improved rapidly in recent years, so you’ll find most washing machines on sale today are rated A or B. To help you differentiate between models at the upper end of the efficiency scale, the EU has set out plans to re-grade energy labels – adding ‘beyond-A’ ratings of A+, A++ and A+++. The more pluses the label has, the more energy efficient the appliance is.
The EU energy labelling scheme can help you choose a greener washing machine, but be aware that its washing machine labelling test is based on a 60ºC cotton cycle. Because of this you may often find the energy label ratings on washing machines are inaccurate.
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