BeGreen when washing
Here are your GreenTips for more sustainable washing:
Wash at low temperatures
Wash your laundry at 30 instead of 40 degrees - that saves an average of 15 euros and avoids 35 kg of CO2 per year. A hot 60-degree wash once a month is sufficient for machine maintenance, for example with towels. You should also wash hot if a household member has an infectious disease.
Switch on the washing machine fully loaded
Modern washing machines have a sensor and measure the fill quantity and dose accordingly. If this is not the case, you should only switch on the machine when it is fully loaded. In comparison to half-full machines, you can save 20 euros a year and avoid 45 kg of CO2.
Use energy saving programs
The longer the machine runs, the less electricity is consumed. Energy-saving or eco programs use only half as much water as standard programs and heat the water less - but they have a longer duration. This saves an average of 25 euros in electricity costs, 5,400 liters of water and avoids 50 kg of CO2 per year compared to the 60-degree standard program.
Use the hot water connection of the washing machine
Some washing machines have a direct connection for the hot water pipe - so less or no water needs to be heated with electricity in the washing machine. However, this only pays off if hot water is heated in an energy-efficient manner using modern gas or oil heating systems or a solar thermal system, and the hot water pipe is short and often washed hot. With gas, for example, you can save almost 70 percent of the electricity costs for each wash cycle - that's around 30 euros and 60 kg of CO2 per year. If a washing machine has no connection for hot water, a ballast can be used.