By washing your clothes at 30°C you not only save on your energy bills but you’ll also shrink your carbon footprint. There’s no need to worry about your clothes not washing properly on a lower temperature as most washing detergents are designed to work perfectly on cooler temperatures.
In Europe 37.65 billion laundry washes are done every year, with only 30% of loads being washed at 30 degrees or lower. Heating water in your washing machine uses a great deal of energy but by washing your clothes at 30°C you could save 45Kg of CO2 a year.
Other advantages to washing your clothes at 30°C include:
Longer lasting clothes
Brighter colours for longer
Reduced risk of shrinkage
Saving money….hot water and energy cost money. 85% of the energy used during a 60°C wash goes into heating the water!
Well, this one is pretty straight forward. Simply turn the temperature dial down to 30°C.
As for the washing powder, modern detergents are designed to work perfectly at 30°C, so your clothes should emerge as fresh and clean as ever.
If your washing machine doesn’t have a 30°C setting then it’s probably time to upgrade to an AAA rated machine.
There are a few other laundry-related good deeds you can do while you’re at it:
Always wait until you have a full load
Use eco-friendly detergent
Hang your laundry to dry naturally