Which is the more economical with electricity.

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Which is the more economical with electricity.
« on: January 16, 2023, 11:02 »
Do I use programmes on my washing machine and dishwasher that have a shorter run time but a higher temperature, or one with a longer run time with a lower temperature?
I work very hard so don't expect me to think as well.

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Re: Which is the more economical with electricity.
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2023, 11:35 »
Most of the electricity is used to heat the water!

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Re: Which is the more economical with electricity.
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2023, 11:36 »
Unless things are really dirty/stained, rather than just worn for a couple of days, I find shorter time at usual temperature works just fine.
Most things have a recommended temp on the label, so raising the temp isn't a good idea IMO

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Re: Which is the more economical with electricity.
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2023, 11:38 »
My guess would be that heating the water to a higher temperature would use far more electricity than a longer run time - whether you are happy with the results of a low-temperature wash is another matter though.  :unsure:
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Re: Which is the more economical with electricity.
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2023, 17:44 »
Lower temp and longer run time for me too (unless stained etc., as already mentioned).
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: Which is the more economical with electricity.
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2023, 17:44 »
Our wash takes an hour and three-quarter, and starts from cold and only gets to around 40 degrees, so I guess we're happy with that!

The water feed is only from the cold pipe...

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Re: Which is the more economical with electricity.
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2023, 23:25 »
Use Aldi Almat Bio washing powder for clothes & save yourself a fortune.
Which tested lots of powders, pods & liquids & it came out top for cleaning, even on a short wash, plus it's cheap.
I bought some to try & after seeing how well it did, can't wait to finish off the rest of the far more expensive pods.
Even better; it's NOT perfumed to heck!

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Re: Which is the more economical with electricity.
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2023, 09:05 »
Our wash takes an hour and three-quarter, and starts from cold and only gets to around 40 degrees, so I guess we're happy with that!

The water feed is only from the cold pipe...
My 'cheapo Beko' machine is cold fill as well, and tells me how long each wash I select will take, and my 'daily quick' at 40C takes 40 mins, which, as I said before, is fine for clothes that aren't badly stained.

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Re: Which is the more economical with electricity.
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2023, 09:45 »
Thanks all. I'll use the longer time prog.

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Re: Which is the more economical with electricity.
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2023, 17:08 »
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Re: Which is the more economical with electricity.
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2023, 14:43 »
My washing machine defaults to a 40C wash on most programs - 30C is an option which I have yet to try...  :unsure:

Has anyone tried it with their machine, and what were the results like?

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Re: Which is the more economical with electricity.
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2023, 14:50 »
I've only tried it for my wool jumpers (none of which are pale colours) and it works ok for those. How it would cope with white/pale colours, I'm not so sure...

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Re: Which is the more economical with electricity.
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2023, 16:42 »
The dirty gardener suggests it won't.

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Re: Which is the more economical with electricity.
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2023, 17:36 »
I've only tried it for my wool jumpers (none of which are pale colours) and it works ok for those. How it would cope with white/pale colours, I'm not so sure...

Mine shrank a little, but next time, I'll hang them out in the shower while wet, as they usually get back their shape and length!

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Re: Which is the more economical with electricity.
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2023, 17:44 »
Mine shrank a little, but next time, I'll hang them out in the shower while wet, as they usually get back their shape and length!
That's weird, mine are 100% Scottish wool and haven't shrunk at all - I dry them on a flat airer, also in the warmth of the bathroom  :)



 

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