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Save water, save the planet

Want to know how to save water when doing laundry? Do your bit for the environment and save money on bills with our easy ways to reduce water usage.

We’re all well aware of the importance of doing our bit for the environment, and one of the best ways is by saving water at home. It’ll help your bank balance too – after all, save water, save money! The way you do your laundry can certainly save money on water bill costs and can help you save the planet, and with our water-saving tips you can become even more efficient.

How much water does a load of laundry use?

Before we look at how to save water, let’s see how much gets used during washing. The average amount is around 150 litres per cycle – however, this is dependent on where the machine ranks on the energy efficiency scale.

High-efficiency washing machines can use up to 30% less water than other machines. They can also use up to 50% less electricity. So, while you may spend more initially in buying an energy-efficient machine, you’ll certainly save money on bills in the long run.

How to save water when doing laundry 

Whether you’ve got a high-efficiency machine or not, there are plenty of ways to save water when you do laundry: 

  • Wash on a full load 

One of the biggest wastes of water is using your machine unnecessarily. Filling a machine only halfway is not only a waste of water, it’s a waste of money too. Waiting until you’ve got a full load means you’ll be using your machine a lot less. That’ll lead to plenty of savings over a year, both in terms of energy usage and the money you spend on bills. 

  • Wash on cold and quick cycles

Although the average washing machine cycle uses 150 litres, you can bring that figure down by washing on a shorter cycle. When clothes are just in need of freshening up there’s no need to wash them on an extra hot, long cycle. Switch to a colder and quicker programme to save water and electricity, and choose Surf range of concentrated capsules to get a burst of long-lasting fragrance and outstanding results even in a quick wash, saving on water and energy bills.

  • Wash using concentrated laundry detergents

Each dose of Surf concentrated liquid detergent dissolves fast to work quickly to get your clothes clean. On top of that they can save time and money too, as you’ll use a lower dosage and get more washes out of the bottle. As there’s no need to measure anything it’s quicker, and there’s no waste. Surf Tropical Lily & Ylang Ylang Liquid Detergent with an intense and long-lasting flower fragrance, does a great job of getting laundry clean and smelling fresh!

How to save water at home

Did you know the average washing machine cycle uses 150 litres of water? There are several ways to reduce this number. Washing on quick cycles will bring your water usage down, as will waiting until you have a full load. Other than laundry, you can save water by having showers instead of baths, turning off taps when not in use, and checking regularly for leaks.

The key message of save water, save money goes beyond doing your laundry. There are plenty of other ways to save water around the home, all of which come with environmental and economical benefits. Here are three of the best:

  1. Invest in a water butt – why use your water supply when you can use nature?

  2. Turn taps off – as it often happens in the bathroom, while brushing your teeth or shaving.

  3. Take showers – you’ll use less water with a quick shower than you would in a bath.

It’s so easy to save water when you know how, and it’s a great way of doing your bit for the environment – and your wallet. Always remember: save water, save money, save the planet!