Take a load off your energy bills

When shopping for a new washing machine or dryer, look for the ones with more energy efficiency stars – they’ll help you save long term on your energy bills and be great for the environment too.

Some useful tips to consider are:

  • Front loading washing machines use less water and up to 60% less energy.
  • Use a cold wash every time and you can save around $115 a year. With cold water, your clothes will still come out clean.
  • Always try to dry your clothes outside and use your dryer occasionally. If you are going to use a dryer, remember to spin wet clothes first.
  • If it's a nice day, hang your clothes outside. Drying your clothes on the line can save you around $63 per year.
  • On rainy days when hanging your washing outside isn’t an option, hang them out on a clothes horse or be creative and use the backs of chairs or the shower rod. Put a ceiling fan on low to help reduce the moisture quicker.
    dry your clothes outside

Tips for using your clothes dryer for efficiently

  • Keep the surrounding area ventilated to minimize humidity.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter every time you use the dryer, a clogged filter will increase energy use and comprise safety.
  • Don’t put heavy and lightweight clothes in the dryer together, and remember not to overload it.

For more energy efficient tips visit our Youtube channel. If you have any tips you would like to share, we’d love to hear them. Comment below or send us an email to digital@lumoenergy.com.au and we will look at posting them for you.

Advice provided is indicative only and individual circumstances will affect results. For further information on energy saving tips, please visit the websites listed below.

Lumo Energy: http://www.lumoenergy.com.au/your-home-energy/energy-saving-tips
Victorian Government: http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/services-and-advice/households/energy-efficiency/at-home/appliances/clothes-dryer
Australian Government:http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/communities-and-vulnerable-people/programs-services/financial-management-program/home-energy-saver-scheme/home-energy-saver-scheme#tips
Switched On: https://www.switchon.vic.gov.au/how-can-i-take-charge-of-my-power-bill/top-10-ways-to-save-power
South Australian Government : http://www.sa.gov.au/topics/water-energy-and-environment/energy/saving-energy-at-home 

Date: 18 July 2014
Category: Energy Facts

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