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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Guest post - Saving Energy in the Home

Being more energy efficient can not only help save the planet but can also put those all-important pennies back in your pockets. With this in mind, buying environmentally friendly appliances should be a high priority for many consumers. But with so many conflicting opinions on how to practice energy efficiency, it can be difficult to work out how to do the right thing.

Let’s consider one daily household item – the indispensable washing machine. Britain’s average weekly load has increased from 4.5 kg to 8 kg, which obviously corresponds to a rise in energy consumption. So it makes sense to follow the ecological mantra “30 is the new 40” and wash at lower temperatures. It’s good
for your pocket too, as making the switch uses 40% less electricity and shaves money off your utility bill.

Some leading washing machine brands have released appliances with built-in energy-saving features, reflecting the importance of eco-friendliness to consumers. You’ll see that some Hotpoint Washing Machines at Littlewoods display the Ecotech icon, indicating ultimate energy savings. Many new machines come with a special eco cycle, which automatically adapts cotton, synthetic and fast wash cycles to give the same results while saving up to 70% on energy.

But do we compromise on cleanliness when washing with energy saving features? Professor Oxford of the London Hospital suggests that there are still a few items that require an ultra-hot wash.  Dust mite waste, which is found on pillows and is a leading cause of rhinitis and sinusitis, can be easily eradicated with a 20 minute wash at 60 degrees every few months. Items highly susceptible to bacteria, such as kitchen sponges and cloths, should really be washed at 90 degrees – perhaps boil water in a kettle and give them a good soak in a disinfectant-filled bucket rather than throwing them into the wash.

For all other washes, however, switching to 30 degrees and using an eco-friendly washing detergent will ensure you are still hanging clean, fresh and bacteria-free clothes on your washing lines and your families, while helping to save the planet. That’s got to be a good thing! 

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored guest post (i.e. not written by me).  Information contained within this article has been provided by the sponsor and I have included it in this blog purely for entertainment purposes only.

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