Did you know that reducing your washing to just one load per week will save up to 120 L of water? Washing machines are typically the largest user of water in the laundry, making them an important appliance to reduce water usage where you can. Luckily, there are a few simple changes listed below to reduce water usage in the laundry and save money at the same time.
- Older models of washing machines can use twice as much water as newer models. If you’re thinking of upgrading your washing machine, look out for models with a WELS rating of 4 or above.
- When choosing a new washing machine, choose the right type. For example, front loader machines can use up to 70% less water than the same size top loader.
- Only use your washing machine when you have a full load, unless you have a machine that has an auto load-sensing or reduced-load function. These settings allow the machine to adjust the water level to the size of the load.
- Collect the greywater (wastewater) from your machine and use it in your garden (provided you haven’t used any harsh chemicals).
- Use an eco-program that uses as little water and electricity as possible.
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6. Pre-treat heavily soiled items, avoiding washing these items twice through.
The above tips will help to save money and conserve precious water resources for a more waterwise community.
Water Corporation (2021). ‘Helpful water saving tips for the laundry’ Available at: https://www.watercorporation.com.au/Help-and-advice/Waterwise/Laundry/Helpful-water-saving-tips-for-the-laundry (Accessed 16 November 2021).
Choice (2021). ‘The best type of washing machine to save water’ Available at: https://www.choice.com.au/home-and-living/laundry-and-cleaning/washing-machines/articles/best-washing-machine-for-saving-water (Accessed 16 November 2021).
Image source: The Palm Co (n.d.). ‘Tameka Moffat Design’ Available at https://www.thepalmco.com.au/tameka-moffat-design-1 (Accessed 16 November 2021).