I’m revisiting the important environmental issue of misconnected appliances. Misconnections occur in various places around the house and can cause river pollution and contribute to flash flooding. However, my concern is focussed on washing machines and dishwashers. Please view the informational banner below to find out more on this issue.
This video is produced by Which? of whom I am an affiliate. The video lasts just under 4 minutes and contains advice and tips aimed at helping us to be greener when using our dishwashers. It’s pretty general and mostly just common sense but there might be at least something worth hearing.
There is a big campaign by AMDEA trying to persuade us to throw away our old inefficient appliances and buy new more efficient ones. They claim we will be helping save the earth and will save ourselves lots of money too. However, although I agree that new appliances are usually more efficient I have more difficulty in accepting that it makes sense to throw away a perfectly good white goods appliance if it is working okay in order to save either money or save the environment.
Here’s an environmentally friendly tip to save on fabric conditioner when tumble drying. If you are putting a load of washing into the washing machine and you know you will be drying it in the tumble dryer, do you still use fabric conditioner? We always have done, but tumble drying naturally softens the fabrics so fabric conditioner shouldn’t be required.
I’ve just uploaded an important article to my main Washerhelp site which concerns us all. It describes how any one of us could be inadvertently contributing to damaging the environment if someone connects, or has previously connected any part of our plumbing incorrectly. If they have, you will not know about it unless you check (there are instructions on how to check later). This could have happened before you moved in but unfortunately it’s the present householder who is responsible for putting it right. The good news is it shouldn’t be too difficult in most cases.
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.