Household bills are set to soar by April as the energy price cap will rise by 54 per cent.
The average household bill is expected to rise by £693 a year, totalling an eye-watering £1,971 for millions around the UK.
And financial journalist Martin Lewis warns another price hike could hit in October.
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As well as energy costs, fuel and oil prices are rising while the Bank of England warn the rate of inflation could rise about seven per cent in April, which will force food prices up further.
There will be great financial pressure on homes and thousands will be looking to cut costs, especially those who are still working from home.
As the Daily Record reports, washing machines and tumble dryers are among the most energy-consuming home appliances, but money can be saved by running them as efficiently as possible.
So chief executive of on-demand laundry company Laundryheap, Deyan Dimitrov, has shared how to save money by reducing energy consumption, including the cheapest time period to use your washing machine in the day.
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1. Run your machines later in the day - but not while you are asleep
The most expensive time for you to wash or dry your clothes is between 4pm and 7pm, so try to avoid using your machines between these hours.
There are certain times of day when running your washing machine or tumble dryer can rack up your energy bill as increased demand can make electricity more expensive, depending on your tariff.
Octopus Energy have offered their smart meter customers a discount for delaying energy usage at certain points in the day.
Between 10pm and 5am, tariffs are at their lowest, but make sure you follow fire safety guidance and never put a load in and head to bed for the night.
Drying multiple loads of laundry is best done consecutively so the tumble dryer stays warm between cycles.
2. The colder the cycle the better
Washing your clothes at cooler temperatures for less time can greatly increase your machine’s energy efficiency.
A 30C cycle can cut your washing machine’s energy use in half compared to a 40-60C cycle.
It is cost-effective to save your hot washes for any bedding, towels and sportswear as these items are most likely to host a multitude of bacteria. For even further savings, use the eco setting on your washing machine, if it has one.
When it comes to drying your laundry, it is also more efficient if you run a cooler cycle, even if this means it will take longer to dry.
3. Fill your drums with the right loads
It is much more efficient to do a large laundry load rather than numerous smaller ones, so make sure you fill your machines with suitable loads.
An overfilled washing machine may not wash your laundry thoroughly enough and an overpacked dryer can take too long to dry your clothing.
A good way to ensure that your machine will run as efficiently as possible is to check if you can still touch the top of the basin after filling either machine with your laundry. If you cannot fit your hand in and amongst your clothing, the machine is overpacked.
4. Maintain your machines
To keep your washing machine in top condition, it is best to clean it every three months.
Pour two cups of white vinegar into your machine’s detergent drawer and run the hottest cycle. After the first run, add half a cup of baking soda directly into the basin and run a hot cycle again.
Alternatively, running a hot cycle with a limescale removing product is just as effective.
For your dryer, remember to regularly clean its lint filter for maximum efficiency – ideally after each cycle.
5. Use bio capsules for more effective stain removal
If you wash your clothes at cooler temperatures, it is best to buy bio capsules or bio laundry detergent as they contain enzymes that can be activated at lower temperatures than non-bio products.
These detergents will be better at breaking down dirt and stains during a colder wash.
Note that non-bio detergents are better for sensitive skin as they contain fewer harsh enzymes.
6. Invest in some dryer balls
Adding wool or rubber balls to your dryer during a cycle will help separate your clothes and increase their exposure to airflow.
This can overall reduce drying time and the length at which your dryer needs to run for, saving you energy.
Wool balls can soak up some of the moisture in your machine and cut down drying time further.
7. Air dry when possible
Tumble dryers use the most energy out of all standard household cleaning appliances.
But we are still in the grips of winter, so drying clothes outside is not really an option either, although it is by far the best for cost-effectiveness and giving clothes that unique 'line-dried' smell.
If the heating is on and you have clothes to dry, pop them in front of a free radiator, preferably with doors closed to create a small heat vacuum.