How to use our appliances better to spend less

Save money with the washing machine

The energy class of your washing machine (if it is a few years old), remember that water and electricity consumption have halved compared to washing machines that are between 5 and 10 years old compared to new models.

Keep in mind that you should:

  • Do the washing machine only with a full load
  • Avoid “half load” programs because they do not produce half the consumption (but almost the consumption of a normal wash cycle)
  • Do not use the prewash program (but you can do a simple soak)
  • Use medium-low washing temperatures (between 30-60 degrees )
  • Save money with the dryer

Remember that we all have a way to dry laundry at no cost: 

Class A dryers no longer use a resistance system to heat clothes and dry them, but use a heat pump that allows you to save a lot of electricity.

Electricity consumption per drying cycle is always quite high, so you can save money by reducing usage.

Saving money with the dishwasher

Since 2011, the old models of Class B or Class D dishwashers can no longer be marketed. Of course, you may still have a Class B dishwasher in your kitchen, so the first tip is to consider replacing it with a better energy class appliance.

Surely you know that there are scientific studies that have shown how the use of the dishwasher reduces the consumption of water compared to washing by hand (we are talking about a saving of 40% of water).

Here are some tips (which are always good to remember)

  • Clean the filter weekly (the clogged filter increases the dishwasher’s consumption)
  • Use short and low temperature washing programs (use longer programs only for heavily soiled dishes)
  • Use the dishwasher with a full load
  • If possible, deactivate the drying program (drying is the real responsible for the dishwasher’s energy consumption, just open the appliance when the dishes are still hot to obtain good drying results)