Until I started really thinking about how much electricity we use I had never considered an alternative wash programme on my washing machine.
I think I was simply stuck in a groove. I use the wool wash for my jumpers and the sports wash for Steve's cycling gear and then the cottons wash for my sheets and the mixed load for general clothes. The quickest of these is the wool wash at 40m minutes. The sheets would take more than an hour. Its simply that I just thought my clothes needed this amount of washing... or perhaps I just didn't think at all because actually they don't.
Today I changed all that. I have a programme on the machine that says Super Quick. It is a fifteen minute wash. Since most of my clothes are only a little sweaty not actually dirty then surely fifteen minutes would be enough?
I did three loads of washing in 45 minutes - including towels which I normally would bung in with the sheets for a long wash. Blimey I've saved a lot of electricity and the end result? The clothes seem to be as clean and fresh as if I had used the longer programmes.
How silly I didn't think of it before now. D'oh!