There are several safety related issues concerning plugging appliances either into old fashioned double adapters, modern multiple extension sockets, or long extension leads. Many people don’t realise how easy it is to overload these devices – with as few as just 2 appliances – causing overheating and eventually a risk of fire.
There are lots of links to most appliance user manual download sites lower down on this page but read this advice before jumping in or you might struggle to find your manual.
Apart from heating, the energy we use in our homes is mostly used by our appliances – especially white goods like washing machines, tumble dryers, ovens, and dishwashers. A lot of attention has been paid to making them use less energy, but after many years of reducing energy usage they’ve hit a plateau. The energy savings to be made these days are often relatively minor and there’s often little difference between them. Thinking laterally there’s an easy trick that can save hundreds of pounds a year that many people still neglect.
After receiving many comments on my article about the number of people having laundry come out of the washing machine or washer dryer with holes and tears ( Holes in washing (laundry) ) I’ve written a page on my washing machine site Washerhelp. This page links to all the resources on the the subject so far and requests more photos Holes in clothes from washing machines
People are often very puzzled by how using an eco wash program, or selecting economy options on their washing machine, dishwasher or tumble dryer causes it to take a lot longer to complete the cycle. It seems completely counter intuitive. I’ve been asked the following question many times -