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A washing machine is the one home appliance we can’t live without. Especially if you run a family household. Thankfully, we are well beyond handwashing in rivers and pounding clothes these days, and our convenient washing machine means that job is taken out of our hands.

The only minor downside of running the washing machine over handwashing is cost.

How much does it cost to run a washing machine?

Washing machines have become more and more efficient over the years, using less energy and water. This makes them more cost-effective to run.All things considered, an average consumer spends around 49p per washing load (including water, energy, and detergent). But if you use fabric conditioners and other in-wash products, it will cost more.

What contributes to the cost of running a washing machine?

Several factors contribute to the costs of running a washing machine. These include:

–   Energy price (it’s often cheaper to wash at night-time)

–   Water price (especially if you are on a water meter)

–   Laundry detergent cost per load (and other laundry products you may use)

–   Efficiency of your washing machine

–   Load size

–   Cycle length

–   Temperature of wash

–   Machine care and cleanliness-   A washer-dryer system (or tumble dryer) will cost considerably more

How much electricity does a washing machine use?

Thankfully, modern-day washing machines are built energy-efficiently. This means that they are optimised for cycle lengths, load levels, and ultimately the energy used per load (measured in kWh).

Every electrical appliance has a power rating which tells you how much electricity it needs to work. This is usually given in watts (W) or kilowatts (kW) (1000W = 1kW).

What do energy ratings mean on your washing machine?

Washing machines come with an Energy Rating that shows the amount of energy it uses and how efficient it is. Energy is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). 

The ratings go from A+++, which is the most efficient using the lowest kWh, down to G, which is the least efficient using much more kWh.

Washing machine manufacturers consider several factors when awarding Energy Ratings to particular models including temperature, cycle lengths, load levels, and ultimately the energy used per load (measure in kWh) 

 How To Work Out How Much Your Washing Machine Costs to Run?

How much it costs to run a washing machine
How much it costs to run a washing machine

According to This Is Money, a washing machine will cost you around £29.30 per year to run in electricity (around 15p per wash).

And as for water, a wash uses around 50 litres per load, which on average will cost you around 19p per load.

What Is the Average Cost of Laundry Detergent?

ecoegg Laundry Egg
ecoegg Laundry Egg

From our research, the average cost of detergent in the UK is around 15p per load. Though, the price of laundry detergent can differ dramatically depending on the brand.

Supermarket own-label detergents are often cheaper than the branded ones. Buying bigger packs generally works out cheaper than smaller ones. 
Sustainable laundry options don’t have to be more expensive than conventional detergents. Our ecoegg Laundry Egg is an affordable, eco-friendly alternative to conventional washing detergent. And it costs only 10p per wash when you refill (which is 5p less than an average person pays in the UK).

 How To Reduce the Cost of Using A Washing Machine?

There are several things you can do to lower the washing machine energy bills. These include:

–   Check if your energy tariff is cheaper at night time (or other times)

–   Use a more cost-effective detergent and negate any unnecessary laundry products completely (like ecoegg Laundry Egg)

–   Always ensure you are washing with full loads

–   Use lower temperatures – washing at 30 degrees, rather than 40 degrees can use around 40% less electricity

–   Shorter cycles and eco settings

In addition to this, think about what you are washing and whether every garment in the load NEEDS to be washed. Apart from the exception of underwear, sportswear, and clothes that are stained/have odour, most garments like jeans and trousers, dresses and skirts, jumpers and tops probably don’t need washing after a single wear. 

Not only will this save you money but, it will mean your clothes will last longer too


Ultimately, there are many things to consider when running a cost-effective washing machine at home.

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Our mission is to revolutionise laundry with affordable, eco-friendly products that are kind to your skin and wallet.

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