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Achieve greater savings with some handy washing and drying tips

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– While most top loading washing machines are less water efficient than front load machines, the T-Drive Agitator range includes an Eco Rinse program that saves up to 50% of water used during rinse cycles.Due to advances in technology, Condenser Dryers such as the EDC67550W are now more energy efficient than venting dryers.Washing machines that allow you to customise your washing times and cycles like the Vapour Time Manager helps to save on utility bills as clothes are not over or under-washed.When using washer dryer hybrid machines, remember to take out part of the laundry before the drying cycle starts as the drying capacity of these machines tend to be only slightly more than half of their washing capacity.

These days, the trend of rising utility bills is becoming all too common.  But even if the price of oil seems to be taking an express elevator, it doesn’t mean your bills have to. Here are some some tips from Electrolux’s laundry experts on getting a more efficient wash:

Use the right machines

In general, front-load washing machines use up to three times less water than top load washing machines, although this can vary from model to model. Electrolux’s Time Manager range of washing machines not only save power by allowing you to customise your wash times to suit your laundry load,  they are part of Electrolux’s Eco Range, which are typically  rated highly for water efficiency by environmental agencies internationally.  If you are on a budget and prefer to buy a top-loading washer, the T-Drive range of washing machines contain an Eco-Rinse programme that reduces the amount of water used by up to 50% without compromising on cleaning performance.

EWT904_STD T-Drive

Dryers can be energy hogs, but that need not be the case with the right drying appliances. Condenser dryers like the Electrolux EDC67550W and Heat Pump dryers tend to use less energy due to advances in technology.

EDC67550W-1 Condenser Dryer

Sort your laundry

Before washing, separate the different types of laundry. Heavier materials like bed sheets and curtains need to be washed separately from clothing that are worn daily like shirts and pants. This is so you can use the appropriate settings for the type of wash, rather than a longer or more intense wash setting for clothes that don’t need it.

The same principle goes for sorting different laundry for dryers, so it’s best to sort laundry before even putting them in the washer for a more efficient washing and drying process.

All Electrolux laundry appliances feature a myriad of programmes catering to different types of laundry. Washers like the Vapour Time Manager range and dryers like the Iron Aid and Jumbo Dryer even include programmes for washing and drying delicate fabrics like silk and wool.

EWF10831-STD Vapour time manager

Load up…but not too much

It is most energy efficient to wash and dry at full loads so the same amount of water and power is used to clean as much as possible. However, do not overload your washer as this will result in poor wash performance that requires extra washing.

For dryers and front load washers, this means that you should try not to fill the drum to full capacity. Rather, leave about a quarter of the drum space empty so clothes can still be tumbled properly.

In washer-dryer hybrid machines like the EWW12470, remember to reduce the laundry load in the machine before the drying cycle starts, as the drying capacity typically tends to be slightly more than half of the washing capacity.

EWW12470W

Use the right settings

Use the right water temperatures and cycles for the type of laundry being done. Most lightly soiled clothing can be washed more efficiently using a quick wash cycle. Using too hot a temperature for clothes can not only damage them, they might set certain types of stains such as gravy or blood in the clothing, upping your clothing bill.

For Electrolux dryers, use the dryness level setting instead of the drying time option. The dryness level setting has an auto-sensing function which automatically stops the dryer when it detects that the laundry is sufficiently dried. When the machine is set using drying time, the machine will run for that length of time, whether the clothes need it or not.

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