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Posted on 30 August 2021

Change Your Laundry Habits To Save Energy

Over the last year, we’ve been at home more and so our energy use has been on the rise. It’s important, therefore, to try and save energy – and money – where we can.

According to a recent study, the average household in the UK does around 270 wash loads a year and 95% of the energy used by your washing machine is used purely to heat up the water!

We’ve put together some simple tips for you to save money (and the environment) below.

Wash your clothes at 30°

Just by washing your clothes at 30° instead of 40°, you’ll use up to 38% less energy. Not only will you save money on your utility costs but you’ll save energy and therefore help the environment.

Although some materials may need a higher temperature, 30° is the recommended setting for most clothing types (including wool) and if you use the right detergent, can work just as well for other fabrics too.

Fill your washing machine up

Filling up your washing machine helps conserve energy, by limiting your need to do two or three washes instead.

However, it’s important you don’t overload your machine as this will impact the efficiency of the wash and potentially damage your washing machine’s drum. If you can’t place your hand into the top of the machine’s drum, you’ll need to remove some clothing.

Avoid pre-washing where possible

Typically, you’ll use this to tackle stubborn stains, but it can waste litres of hot water each year.

Nowadays however, washing machines and detergents have become advanced enough that pre-wash settings are generally not needed.

Quick wins

  • Washing your clothes at a higher speed spin will allow your clothes to be as dry as possible if you’re planning to use your tumble dryer
  • If you’re planning to buy a new appliance, you can check the product’s energy rating. Anything above a C is considered to be energy-efficient.

General Maintenance

Keeping your washing machine well maintained will help you save money and energy, as well as prolonging the lifespan of your appliance. It will also help to keep your clothes clean and fresh after every wash, as you’ll prevent the build-up of limescale, mould and detergent.

Find out more about keeping your washing machine clean.

 

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Posted on 26 July 2021

What Appliance Cover Covers You For

Having your vital kitchen appliances break down isn’t only inconvenient. Not only do you have to survive without your washing machine, oven or fridge-freezer, but you have to worry about sourcing a repairman or buying a replacement, so it can be costly too!

Having Appliance Cover in place before a fault develops is important so you know you’ll be covered in the event that your kitchen appliance breaks down.

Appliances you can cover

We can cover a wide range of kitchen appliances all on one plan, and if you insure more than one, you’ll get a multi-product discount too:

  • Freestanding cooker (we can’t cover Aga/Rayburn or other cast-iron range cookers)
  • Cooker, hob or oven
  • Hood/Extractor
  • Microwave oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Wine cooler

What cover you get

We can cover your white goods as long as your appliance is under 10 years old. You’ll get cover against mechanical or electrical breakdown along with accidental damage.

If your appliance were to break down, we’ll typically send a trained engineer as quickly as possible at a mutually convenient time to repair your appliance and, if they’re not able to fix it, replace it.

If your appliance is over 5 years old, but under 10 and is unable to be fixed, we’ll make a contribution towards the cost of replacement. This depends on the specific age of your appliance and will be made with vouchers from a retailer chosen by us.

To find out more about our home appliances cover or other types of home care cover plans, such as boiler and heating insurance, plumbing and drainage insurance and Complete Home Emergency plan contact our friendly team on 0330 09 48 301. You can also request a call back to discuss your requirements or get a free quote online in minutes.

Age of your appliance Replacement contribution (%)
Between 5 and 6 40%
Between 6 and 7 30%
Between 7 and 8 20%
Between 8 and 10 10%

How this differs from a warranty or home insurance

You’ll find that your home insurance will typically cover your appliances in the event of theft or damage but are unlikely to cover them if they were to break down.

Most new appliances will come with a manufacturer’s warranty and guarantee you repairs and servicing for the first year. However most mechanical, or electrical problems occur outside of the warranty period.

In this instance, if your appliance breaks down, you’ll need to replace it yourself or pay the manufacturer to repair the item. Both can be expensive and leave you out of pocket.

This is where Appliance Cover comes in by covering you for any mechanical or electrical break downs (along with accidental damage) that occur outside of the warranty period.

To find out more about our home appliances cover or other types of home care cover plans, such as boiler and heating insurance, plumbing and drainage insurance and Complete Home Emergency plan contact our friendly team on 0330 09 48 301. You can also request a call back to discuss your requirements or get a free quote online in minutes.

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Posted on 26 May 2019

How to clean your washing machine

Since a washing machine does what it says on the tin, you might be wondering how it gets dirty. But where does all that dirt from your clothes go?

The cleaner your washing machine, the cleaner and fresher your clothes are after every wash! Cleaning your washing machine regularly also ensures it works efficiently and effectively, preventing build-up of limescale, mould and detergent.

Home Emergency Assist understand that the cleanliness of your washing machine is not the only reason for an emergency breakdown. Whilst home appliance cover and insurance, including washing machine cover, ensures you are completely covered, we recommend giving your washing machine some TLC every now and again.

How often should you clean your washing machine?

We recommend that you clean your washing machine approximately once every couple of months. However, if you notice that your washing machine is smelling unpleasant in the meantime, it needs an immediate clean. If your washing machine is susceptible to build-up, we would advise cleaning your washing machine on a regular schedule to keep it in tip-top condition.

The Cleaning Process

We always recommend looking at your washing machine manufacturer’s instructions prior to cleaning your washing machine, just in case there are any specific requirements. Here are our top tips for how to clean your washing machine:

  1. Open the detergent drawer and place 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda.
  2. Add 120ml of white vinegar into the drum.
  3. Run a hot wash on your washing machine. Remember to check back on your washing machine every so often due to the build up of suds.
  4. Remember to clean out your filter, as clogged up filters are often responsible for washing machine breakdowns! For this step, please remember to adhere to manufacturer’s instructions as it will vary with different washing machines.
  5. Don’t forget to clean your removable soap and fabric softener dispenser. Dispensers are an area where mould loves to grow! Wash your dispenser in the top of your dishwasher or in hot water with plenty of soap, letting it air dry in the sun.

 

Why do you need washing machine insurance?

Cleaning your washing machine is a great way to make sure your washing machine is in the best condition it can be, however there is always a risk of potential breakdowns due to other causes. In case you were to experience an inconvenient washing machine breakdown, home appliance insurance provides you with full protection. At Home Emergency Assist, we offer affordable, reliable washing machine cover from just £3.99 a month.

Get a home appliance insurance quote in minutes online, including washing machine cover and more. Find out more about our home appliance insurance at Home Emergency Assist in our household appliance policy information book.

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