At a time when energy efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity, every household must review its electricity consumption habits. Among household appliances, the washing machine occupies a significant place, representing around 6% of the electricity consumption of an average household (according to EDF). This is why it is essential to understand how to optimize its use to reduce both your bill and your ecological footprint.
At what time you should definitely not start your washing machine ?
The first step towards more responsible consumption is to find out about peak hours. Between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., electricity demand is at its peak, leading to higher energy costs.
This time slot often coincides with the “peak hours” rate offered by many electricity suppliers. By avoiding using your washing machine during these hours, you not only save money, but you also help ease the load on the electricity grid.
The best times to start a washing machine
L’alternative ? Off-peak hours, generally between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. depending on your electricity contracts. During this period, electricity consumption is lower, offering reduced rates. Programming your washing machine during these hours allows you to benefit from a lower cost per KWh, thus reducing your bill. If you have an EDF Tempo offer, using the washing machine during off-peak hours is even more relevant (excluding red days).
Furthermore, this contributes to a better balancing of energy demand on the network, a significant gesture for the environment.
Prefer eco mode
To maximize your savings, most modern washing machines include an eco mode. This setting allows washing at temperatures below 40 °C, significantly reducing the use of hot water and, therefore, energy. If your clothes are not particularly dirty, this mode is the most interesting for washing efficiently while saving money. And what's more, it damages clothes less.
Also think about maintaining your washing machine regularly.Clean filters and seals guarantee maximum efficiency, thus avoiding overconsumption of water and electricity.
- Avoid using the washing machine during peak hours (6 p.m.-10 p.m.) to limit energy consumption.
- Prefer off-peak hours (10 p.m.-6 a.m.) to wash your laundry, thus benefiting from reduced rates and less demand on the network.
- Use your machine's eco mode and maintain it regularly to maximize energy savings.
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