Use your washing machine at this key time for cheaper energy bills

Save energy while using your washing machine with our tips.
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Keeping your energy bill low is a priority for many, but how can you time your washing machine usage for the most efficient use of your money? We've compiled our top tips below to help you save money while using your washing machine. As well as being wallet-friendly, these simple tips are great for the planet, too!

If it's within your budget, one of the best things you can do to lower your energy bill is invest in a newer washing machine that features Energy Star certification, as these will be far more efficient than older appliances. 

Read our best washing machine guide for more information on selecting the right appliance for you.

Reduce your washing machine bills

Depending on your energy tariff, prices might vary during the day due to demand. Prices will be higher in the evening, between 4 pm and 7 pm, as more people are using appliances and consuming electricity. 

If you are on a variable tariff, avoid using your washing machine during those hours and run a cycle between 10 pm and 5 am instead. Be careful not to put a load on and go to bed, though, as this presents a fire risk! 

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Here are a few other key tips to help keep your energy bills low by adjusting your washing machine usage…

1. Run colder cycles. 

While you've probably been told that it's easier to wash things at higher temperatures, most of your laundry doesn't need to go through a hot wash every time. In fact, hot washes can fade and shrink clothes over time. 

Most of the energy consumed by your washing machine goes towards heating the water for your washes, so reducing the temperature goes a long way towards saving you money. 

Prioritize those hot washes for very dirty clothes, sportswear, and bedsheets.

2. Fill up the drum. 

Sometimes, life gets in the way, and you need to wash something urgently, so you only fill your washing machine up to half its capacity. However, this obviously uses more energy per item washed and means you'll run more washes than if you'd filled it up completely. 

As much as possible, avoid small washes and fill your washing machine to its full capacity.

3. Maintain and clean your washing machine.

Same as with any appliance, your washing machine needs regular care. Make sure you deep clean it once a month, removing any potential mold from hard-to-reach areas. This will help your machine run more efficiently and prevent your clothes from smelling, saving you from more washes!

If you're after more information, we've compiled a whole guide on how to clean your washing machine.

4. Air dry where possible.

One of the most energy-consuming parts of the washing process is tumble drying. While it's very convenient, especially if you're time-pressed, if you have the option, it's best to leave your clothes to air dry. If you have no other option but to run your tumble dryer on a regular basis, invest in dryer balls, which will quicken the drying process. 

Our guide to the best dryers can also help you find the most energy-efficient appliances.

Mina Frost
Former Deputy Editor

Mina is the former Deputy Editor at Top Ten Reviews. She worked with section editors to create accurate, detailed, and in-depth reviews to populate our buying guides. She has degrees in Linguistics and Investigative Reporting and is also a freelance writer and editor. When she's not testing kit and agonizing over commas, Mina can be found reading, running, eating good food, and drinking wine.