Wales Gets Vocal About Washing Habits

Almost 60% of Welsh people are aware that washing clothes at lower temperatures can save energy and yet less than half admitted to washing their clothes at 30º. The findings are part of a survey carried out by the Welsh Government’s Way To Go campaign.

Online PR News – 05-August-2013 – Wales - UK – Almost 60% of Welsh people are aware that washing clothes at lower temperatures can save energy and yet less than half admitted to washing their clothes at 30º. The findings are part of a survey carried out by the Welsh Government’s Way To Go campaign.

20% of those surveyed said they never washed their clothes at 30º while almost a third said that they only wash at lower temperatures occasionally. The biggest barrier to people changing their laundry habits is the belief that washing at lower temperatures will not clean clothes properly. However, most washing detergents are now designed to work just as efficiently at lower temperatures.

The Way To Go campaign encourages everyone in Wales to think about the actions we can take to help save energy and money whilst tackling climate change at the same time. This month is all about encouraging people to wash their clothes at 30º, avoid doing half loads and dry their laundry outside when possible rather than using the tumble dryer. According to the Energy Saving Trust, washing at 30º uses nearly 40% less energy than washing at higher temperatures.

Clare Teehan, a volunteer Way To Go Team Member comments, “It’s interesting to see that while so many people are aware that they can save energy from washing at 30º, not enough people are putting that into practice and committing to lower their temperatures for good. I’ve been washing at 30º all month as part of the Way To Go campaign and I have been impressed with the results. I’ve also stopped doing half loads as a way to save even more energy.”

The survey into washing habits showed that almost of third of people in Wales do three or more half loads of laundry each week. Typically, two half loads of laundry use more energy than a single full load.

Clare adds: “We’ve all got our part to play when it comes to reducing our energy use and tackling climate change. Changing laundry habits is an easy way to kick start the process, particularly as we’ve been having such good weather to dry our clothes outside.”

Asides from nappies, bed sheets and heavily soiled clothes, it is safe to wash clothes at 30º without noticing a difference in the quality of the results. When buying a new washing machine or tumble dryer, keep an eye out for the Energy Saving Trust recommended logo, which guarantees that you are buying the most energy efficient appliances available on the market.

Now in its fifth month, the Way To Go campaign has already encouraged people to turn their thermostats down and wear an extra layer indoors; boil just enough water in the kettle; use
public transport for some journeys rather than the car for every journey and car share with friends and colleagues.

For more information about the Way to Go campaign and to join the conversation, visit the ‘Way To Go Wales’ Facebook page or follow @WayToGoWales on Twitter.

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For media enquiries please contact Jenny Harding or Natasha Fulford at MGB PR on 01792 460 200 or email WayToGo@mgbpr.com

Wales is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and we need everyone to play their part. The 2013 ‘Way To Go’ campaign will give a realistic look at how, as a nation, we can all change some everyday habits. Some of the changes highlighted during the campaign will be easier than others, but there will also be a lot of fun to be had in taking up the challenge. There are many other actions that can be adopted to lead a more climate-change-friendly lifestyle at home, at work and in the way we travel.

This survey was carried out using an online survey tool. It provides a snapshot of Wales’ laundry habits and is not representative of all people in Wales.

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