How to get your appliance to perform most efficiently

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that an average household does five washes per week and spends up to £130 a year to keeping their clothes clean – and this does not include the cost of detergents. 

Here are some tips for how to reduce the energy consumption of your tumble dryer: 

Spin to the max. Spinning your clothes on the washing machine’s highest spin cycle will remove as much water as possible, so they will dry more quickly in the tumble dryer. 

De-fluff your dryer. Make sure your tumble dryer’s filters are fluff free. It will help it to dry energy-efficiently.  

Reduce the load. Sort out the washed clothes to make sure only the ones that need to be tumble dried get included in the drying cycle. 

Pop a ‘dryer ball’ in the tumble dryer to separate clothes. This allows the heat to circulate better and helps to dry clothes more quickly. 

Dryness sensor feature. Dry clothes for ironing together with other clothes. Start the load with an iron-dry setting, remove the clothes for ironing, and then put the rest on a cupboard-dry program. 

Cut down drying time. Don’t dry for longer than needed – it wastes energy. Make sure that the machine is turned off at the socket when not in use.

What else you can do to save energy and money 

Dry outdoors. Save energy by drying clothes outdoors on a clothes line wherever possible, even on dry winter days, rather than using the tumble dryer. Your clothes will feel and smell fresher too. 

Plan your ironing to avoid changing the heat setting of your iron. Start with clothes that need a lower temperature. Finish with clothes that need the hottest setting. 

Switch off appliances completely rather than keeping them on standby when you've finished using them. 

Keep large appliances away from each other. Putting your tumble dryer next to your refrigerator will make the fridge work harder due to the heat and moisture coming off the dryer.