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8 tips on how to save electricity when using a washing machine

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Washing machines are essential parts of any home and can consume a lot of power. “Does washing machine waste electricity?” and “How many watts does a washing machine use?” are common concerns in many households.

In this article, Electrolux Thailand will address these concerns and show you how to save electricity when using your washing machine with 8 simple tips.

But first, let’s see how much power a washing machine actually uses.

How many watts does a washing machine use?


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The average power consumption of a washing machine can vary depending on several factors such as the machine's size, age, efficiency rating, and cycle settings.


However, on average, a front load washing machine typically uses between 1,000 and 2,000 watts during operation, while it’s between 500 and 1,500 watts for a top load washing machine.


If you run your washing machine three times a week, that can average out to about 150 kWh of electricity used in a year.


Read our tips on how to choose a washing machine for your home.

 

8 tips for how to save energy when using your washing machine

 

1. Wash full loads

 


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Washing full loads of laundry is more energy-efficient because the machine uses the same amount of energy to wash a full load as it does to wash a partial load. Additionally, washing more clothes at once means that you need to wash less often, which saves energy.

 

However, when washing a full load, make sure not to overload the machine, as this can reduce its effectiveness and increase wear and tear on the machine. Check your user manual for the appropriate load size for your chosen cycle.

 

2. Use the right water level

 

Using too much water wastes energy and using too little can reduce the effectiveness of the wash. Most modern washing machines such as Electrolux top load washers have load sensing technology that automatically adjusts the water level based on the size of the load.

 

If your machine doesn't have this feature, make sure to use the right water level for the amount of laundry you're washing. Typically, the water level should be just enough to cover the clothes, without any excess water.

 

 

3. Use cold water

 

Heating water is one of the most energy-intensive parts of doing laundry. Washing clothes in cold water instead of hot water can reduce energy consumption by up to 90%. Additionally, using cold water is often better for taking care of your clothes, particularly preserving the color and quality of clothes.

 

However, some stains may require hot water to remove, so it's important to check the care label on the garment before washing. If you have a stubborn stain, you may want to treat it before putting it into your washing machine for a cold wash.

 

4. Use a high spin speed

 

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Using a high spin speed to extract as much water as possible from your clothes reduces the time it takes to dry them, which saves energy. Most washing machines have a high spin cycle that you can select, or you can manually adjust the spin speed based on the type of fabric you're washing. However, make sure not to use a high spin speed for delicate fabrics, since it could damage them.

 

5. Use quick cycles

 

Quick modes are designed to reduce the time it takes to complete a wash cycle. While they may not be as energy efficient as eco modes, they can still help you save electricity.

 

Quick modes typically have shorter cycle times than regular cycles. This means that the machine is running for a shorter time, which reduces the amount of energy used.

 

Read more: How to use a washing machine - step-by-step guide

 

6. Choose an efficient washer

 

Energy-efficient washing machines are designed to use less water and electricity than traditional models. Look for models with great energy ratings such as Electrolux’s washers, which means they meet specific efficiency guidelines set by your country’s energy agency.

 

While more energy-efficient washing machines may have a higher upfront cost, they can save you money on your energy bills in the long run.

 

7. Air dry clothes

 

Air drying clothes is the most energy-efficient way to dry them. Hang clothes outside on a clothesline or indoors on a drying rack to save energy.

 

Additionally, air drying is often better for preserving the quality of clothes, as the heat from the dryer can damage certain fabrics. If you do need to use a dryer, make sure to use the appropriate heat setting for the type of fabric you're drying.

 

8. Wash clothes less often

 

Not all clothes need to be washed after every use. Items like jeans or jackets can often be worn multiple times before needing to be washed. Washing clothes less often reduces the number of loads you need to wash and saves energy.

 

Also, make sure to spot clean clothes when possible to avoid unnecessary washing. When washing clothes, make sure to sort them by color and fabric type to ensure optimal cleaning and avoid the need for rewashing.

 

Learn more tips on how to wash different items:

 

Save more energy with Electrolux washing machines


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At Electrolux, sustainability and energy efficiency are some of our core beliefs. That is why when you buy an Electrolux washing machine, you can rest assured that you’re able to save as much energy as possible. Not only do Electrolux’s washers feature excellent energy ratings, but with technologies like the EcoInverter motor, which reduces vibrations and energy consumption, you can save up to 50% of energy compared to older washer models.

 

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