Wash Up and Bring Down Your Bill
You can save quite a bit of energy and money in your laundry room. If only you could funnel that saved energy toward actually folding the clean clothes…
- About 90% of the energy used for washing clothes goes to heating the water.
- Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load’s energy use in half.
- Always use cold water for the rinse cycle. Your clothes don’t get any cleaner using warm or hot water in the rinse cycle.
- Wash only full loads.
- Use the lowest water level required to clean your clothes.
- Front-loading washers are the most energy efficient washers. They use up to 40% less water than top-loading models, which reduces the amount of electricity required to heat all that water.
- Front-loaders usually cost more – but if your family does many loads of laundry per week, you’ll most likely find the increased energy savings worth the additional cost.
- Clean the lint filter after every load. Your dryer works less efficiently when it has to push air through a full lint screen. Occasionally wash the lint filter with warm, soapy water. A toothbrush or other soft-bristle brush also can be used to clean the filter. These cleanings can actually extend the life of your dryer!
- If your machine has a moisture sensor, clean it occasionally so the waxy build-up from dryer softening sheets doesn’t interfere with the sensor’s ability to detect moisture. If the dryer stops when it’s supposed to, you save electricity.
- Dry only full loads. Dryers typically have larger capacities than washers, allowing you to dry three loads of washing with only two dryer loads.
- Dry multiple loads one right after the other to make use of the heat existing from the previous load.
- Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
- Don’t over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, be sure to use it. If your clothes have been over-dried and become wrinkled, you can throw a wet towel in and re-run them instead of re-washing and re-drying.
- Close your laundry room door when drying clothes during the summer. This keeps the dryer from heating your whole home during the summer, which could cause your air conditioner to run more.
- During the winter, open the laundry room door to allow the heat from the dryer to help heat your home.
Start cleaning up your electricity bill with these energy savings tips for your laundry room!