For Energy Day 2016, we are launching a series of energy-saving tips that we will circulate via blogs and social media. Share practical everyday tips with fans and friends using the hashtag #energyday16, add @vzug for Twitter, @vzugchde for Facebook and send us your own energy-saving tips for washing and cooking. It starts with washing machines and tumble dryers.
WHY IS V-ZUG COMMITTED TO REDUCING ENERGY CONSUMPTION?
Every other household in Switzerland owns a V-ZUG electrical appliance. We are delighted that our products are so popular but this brings with it responsibilities, including those associated with energy consumption. This is especially true as 29% of electricity consumption is generated by private households, with household appliances accounting for 58% of this figure.
V-ZUG is therefore active as one of five leading partners of MINERGIE® Switzerland. MINERGIE® is a building standard for new and modernised buildings in all categories. The trademark is supported by industry, the cantons and the federal government. MINERGIE® is also a quality label awarded to buildings with enhanced value retention, high levels of comfort and low energy costs. Our appliances meet these stringent requirements of the MINERGIE standard. They offer high levels of comfort, low consumption values and a long service life.
ABOUT ENERGY DAY 2016
V-ZUG is also a gold partner of #energyday16, which will be held on 29 October, the day before summertime ends. From 24 October to 5 November, under the motto “Wintertime is energy-saving time”, the electrical appliance energy agency (eae) together with the Swiss Energy programme operated by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) and 32 gold partners will organise a number of activities to raise awareness of energy-saving measures among the Swiss population.
HAPPINESS CATEGORY A+++ / ENERGY DAY BINGO
Bingo is both efficient and a chance for happiness. With the small amount of effort it takes to scratch cards, you have the chance of winning one of the numerous energy-saving household appliances, TV sets and lights/lamps from around 30 gold partners of Energy Day 2016. You might even win one of our Swiss Made washing machines. Visit one of the numerous lucky locations – a list is available here on the Energy Day16 website. – or even better, come and see us at the ZUGORAMA in Zug, Zürich, Basel, Bern, Biel, Chur or St. Gallen. We are looking forward to seeing you. After all, every day is an energy day at V-ZUG!
OUR ENERGY-SAVING TIPS FOR WASHING AND DRYING
CLEAN FILTERS AND MATS IN YOUR DRYER
Clean tumble dryer fluff filters and filter mats on a regular basis in accordance with the operating instructions.
FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH V-ZUG EcoMANAGEMENT
The exclusive V-ZUG EcoManagement provides three help functions to assist you in deliberately selecting resource-saving programmes:
EcoManagement increases awareness by displaying consumption statistics and consumption forecasts. It shows the consumption values for the programmes used in kWh and litres of water, either per programme cycle or as a total or average value across the last 25 programme cycles.
The EcoHybrid additional programme helps you to reduce your energy consumption. Good, very good and optimum energy efficiency levels can be selected via the display. The longer a programme lasts, the better the energy efficiency. The may sound surprising, but our leading Adora washing machines have two heating options: a heat pump heating system offering very low energy consumption suitable for heating up to 50°C and a conventional auxiliary heater with normal energy consumption. You have a choice of three energy-saving levels:
- Optimum energy efficiency: initial heating with the heat pump only. From approx. 40–50°C, the conventional heating is activated. The target temperature is also reduced. By extending the washing duration, the washing effect remains unchanged. Energy consumption during the heating period is 50–70% lower than in conventional washing machines without a heat pump.
- Very good energy efficiency: initial heating with the heat pump only. From approx. 40–50°C, the conventional heating is activated. It takes longer for the desired washing temperature to be reached. Energy consumption during the heating period is 40-50% lower than in conventional washing machines without a heat pump.
- Good energy efficiency: Simultaneous heating with both heating systems. A high heat output is used. Energy consumption during the heating period is 10-20% lower than in conventional washing machines without a heat pump.
The intelligent OptiTime delayed start system, which optimises the washing programme at the lowest consumption level, is a world first from V-ZUG. You load your washing into the drum, select your usual washing programme, and then use OptiTime to pick the time you want the programme to end. A conventional delayed start function does not start the programme until absolutely necessary to make sure your washing is finished on time. OptiTime on the other hand starts the programme earlier and uses the time available to make sure your wash is more environmentally friendly. The programme finishes on time but is much more energy-efficient.
HEAT WASHING WATER USING SOLAR POWER
Do you have a solar-energy hot water production system? Then use the “Cold/warm water supply” option. This reduces energy consumption by up to 70 percent. Find out more here about our Adora machine with double water connection.
USE HIGHER SPIN SPEEDS
Select a high spin speed on your washing machine. This reduces residual moisture, shortens drying time in the tumble dryer and saves up to 25% energy.
SELECT LOW WASHING TEMPERATURES WHENEVER POSSIBLE
For washing that is only slightly dirty with no stains, you can also reduce the washing temperature to 20°C or use a short programme.
ONLY USE PRE-WASH WHERE NECESSARY
Only use the “Pre-wash” or “Soak” programmes for dirty washing or stubborn stains.
MAKE FULL USE OF THE LOAD CAPACITY
Make full use of the maximum load capacity for the relevant programme when washing and drying. Observe the relevant information.