Doing the laundry uses a lot of water and energy and it is no one’s favorite chore and it doesn’t help that washers and dryers are among the costliest appliances to operate. Since most of us do at least a few loads of laundry each week, it’s worth taking steps to reduce energy use. Here’s how to save money and energy in the laundry room and reduce the wear and tear on your clothes – and some of them won’t cost you a thing.
Wash Larger Loads of Laundry – your washer will use about the same amount of energy no matter the size if the load. So fill it up.
A lot of people like to do laundry every single day no matter the load size, they just like to stay on top of their laundry making sure that they’re getting things done. Yes, there is some value to that but when you’re looking to save money and doesn’t hurt to let those things pile up a little bit longer right now but to make sure that you have a full complete load of laundry before you actually wash it, this will save you on energy, water and it will mean in the long run, there’s less loads you have to do.
Have a dedicated basket for each type of clothes
One way you can make sure you’re letting laundry get to a good size before you wash it is instead of having everybody have their own separate laundry basket in the family, have a dedicated basket for darks, whites and colors or delicates or however you personally break it up. And when that laundry basket gets full then you know it’s time to do that load instead of having to guess what everybody else is going to be contributing to that specific load. If you have everybody’s laundry consolidated by wash type instead of consolidated by whose laundry it is, then you’ll know when it’s time to do darks, when it’s time to do lights, or whatever. You can still stay on top of it but make sure that the load is at full capacity.
Wash on Cold Water
Using warm water instead of hot can cut a load’s energy use in half, and using cold water will save even more. Cold water detergents can be helpful to ensure items get clean You’ll save energy by washing on cold.
Skip The Dryer If You Can – Line dry things even in cooler days or what in days it’s raining outside.
If you use a dryer, below are drying tips to save energy and money.
- Dry right-sized loads for your machine – If the dryer is too full, it will take linger for the clothes to dry. Loads that are too small can also take longer to dry, plus you spend more per item when running the dryer to only dry a few things.
- Air dry when you can – Hang laundry outside or on a drying rack to avoid using the dryer altogether.
- Switch Loads while the dryer is warm – This will allow you to use the remaining heat inside of the dryer for the next cycle.
- Use dryer balls – Wool or rubber dryer balls will help separate your clothes and get more air to them, cutting drying time. They can also reduce static so you don’t need dryer sheets. The wool balls are said to absorb some moisture, further cutting drying time. IF you use these, you’ll see a noticeable difference in the time it takes your clothes to dry.
- Clean the lint filter on the dryer – The dryer will run more efficiently and safely. If you use dryer sheets, scrub the filter once a month with a toothbrush to remove film buildup that can reduce air circulation.
- Use the high-speed or extended spin cycle in the washer – This will remove as much moisture as possible before drying, reducing your drying time and the wear on your clothes from the high heat of the dryer.
- Use lower heat settings in the dryer – Even if the drying cycle is longer, you’ll use less energy and be less likely to over-dry your clothes.
- Dry Towels and heavier cottons separately from lighter-weight clothes – You’ll spend less time drying the lighter-weight clothes.
- Use a cool-down cycle if your dryer has one – This cycle allows clothes to finish drying with the heat remaining in the dryer.
- Use the moisture sensor option if your dryer has one
- May new clothes dryers come desined with a moisture sensor, which automatically shuts off the machine when clothes are dry. This will save energy and reduce wear and tear on your clothes cause by over-drying.
- Sign up for time of day programs with your utility
- These programs offer lower energy costs at certain times of day – often overnight. If you can plan to do your laundry overnight (or use controls on your machine to schedule washing or drying), you can pay less to do your laundry. Contact your utility for more information.
- Use an ENERGRY STAR certified washer and dryer.
- New ENERGY STAR washers use about 25% less energy than conventional models, and ENERGY STAR dryers use 20% less energy.
- Consider a Gas dryer
- Depending on gas and electric rates in your area, a gas dryer could cost less to operate, though it may cost a little more to purchase. Keep in mind a gas dryer does need a dedicated gas line.
- Consider a heat pump dryer
- The initial cost may be a bit higher, but heat pump dryers can save 20% – 60% over conventional dryers by taking in ambient air, heating it, and recirculating it.
Do you really need to personally take care of your (possibly contaminated) clothes? When is the best time to do the laundry? What are the options you have?
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