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Which programme saves the most energy?

When I wash at 40 degrees I have the option of choosing the quick wash. Does this, however, save more energy than the normal eco 40 degrees wash which does take ages?

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Yes a quick wash is for coloured clothes that have been worn once or twice and dont have bad stains on them.This quick wash will take between 30 and 50 mins to do a wash and is the best programme for the clothing that I have discribed ie: worn 1or2 times and no stains will save you on electric and water peter

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RING OF BLACK ON NEPTUNE WASHER- ORIGINAL GASKET WAS REPLACED YEARS AGO BY MAYTAG WHEN PROBLEM WAS IST DIAGNOSED- NOW IT HAS RETURNED=CAN I USE A SAFE RINSE OF WHITE VINEGAR TO REMOVE IT? ANY OTHER EASY...


Many people use 40 degrees washes almost exclusively these days and the current trend is to use even lower temperatures to save energy ( Do you save as much as you think? Washing at 30 degrees ). Remember that a non-biological powder, doesn't work as well at lower temperatures so washing at low temperatures requires biological detergent for best results. It's also worth noting that bed bugs (or their eggs) are reported to be able to survive washing at lower temperatures and therefore it is recommended that bedding sheets should be washed at 60 degrees ( Related Whitegoodshelp Blog article: Bed bugs don't drown in the washing machine - but at least they get cleaned )

Also, (as mentioned in detail later) a regular 90 degrees maintenance wash is needed.

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Our clothes rarely get dirty, just need freshening really, and I got sick and tired of waiting almost 2 hours for the programme to stop.

I checked the times of different settings and found that programme J... silks.... only takes around 1 hour, washes at a higher water level and is around 40 degrees.

Now I never use any other programme. Dont over load your machine, dont put too many towels in as this programme is designed for 3kg, so check the weights till you are used to how your drum looks with different types of clothes etc.

We rarely need a heavy wash, and if I do I feel its better to do 2 light washes than do 1 protracted wash in the same water.

Im saving fuel and getting my washing done in half the time too.

sue

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Does wt960 have an eco mode?


This model does not have a specfic energy save programme, however, by selecting a coolwash at 30oC or a mini load, you will use less energy.
These features are detailed in the user instructions.
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I have a honeywell mercury switch thermostat when turned down to 60 degrees still calls for heat? The current temperature is 72 degrees even when turned down. Do the older style thermostats have a way to...


Are you sure it is calling for heat?  Disconnect the stat and see if you still have system operation (Be careful if this is a line voltage unit).  If so, the stat is not bad, there is a problem with the relay or with the wiring to it.  If not, there is probably a short in the anticipator within the stat.  This is a heating coil which helps the unit figure out how much heat 'will' be coming when the contacts close. This cannot be repaired.  
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The 3 buttons


button selection : To select an option press the button and you will see a light come on above the button. Press again to cancel and the light will go out. You cannot alter the options once the machine is running. Note : remember to cancel buttons after use!

As you look at the machine
Left hand button... Rinse Hold.. use this option to Help reduce creasing of delicate or synthetic fabrics by holding clothes in the final rinse water. The rinse hold light will flash to indicate that the programme is holding final rinse water. Complete the final spin by pressing the Rinse Hold button when light is flashing.
This is not available with Wool or Spin only programmes.

Middle Button.... Energy Save... use this option to save money and time on lightly soiled loads. This is not available with the Quick Wash, Rinse and Spin, or Spin Only programmes.

Right Hand Button .... Super Rinse... use this option for Large Wash loads and items for young children or people with sensitive skin. This option increases the water level for the first two rinses. This is not available with Cold Wash, Rinse and Spin or Spin Only programmes.

Copied from my Hotpoint FEW12 user instruction sheet.
Hope it helps.

Sue

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