Avoiding high electricity prices while doing laundry

Much of the country has experienced a heat wave over the last week and there will be more to come for some areas.

But while the weather may be uncomfortable, it's a good time to think about ways of reducing your energy consumption in a bid to avoid rising electricity prices.

After your clothes have been washed in a machine, do not put them in a dryer but hang them on a clothesline outside. If you live in an apartment or unit where you have no backyard, put them on a rack on your balcony or in the living room with all the windows open.

The recent heat will ensure that your garments dry in no time.

By reducing the number of occasions that you use your dryer you will not only save money, but you will be reducing your carbon output.

And when it comes to washing your clothes, put them on a cold water setting - you don't always need to do your laundry on a hot cycle, especially if the clothes are just pyjamas or sportswear.

Finally, look at your washing machine and make sure it is as efficient as possible when it comes to using water and power. If you have a really old machine, it may behove you to purchase a more reliable, newer model - the initial expense can eventually be paid for by a reduction in power bills.

Posted by Charlie Moore