Whenever you dry or wash your clothes it costs money and energy, just like when driving a car, baking cookies, or anything else in life. Doing Laundry can use up a lot of energy. Especially if you do laundry for a whole family, it would be beneficial to find ways to cut back on energy usage and money.When the washer is combined with using the dryer, energy costs can really start to add up. About 5.8 percent of household energy goes towards just the dryer, and that is excluding the washing machine. If all Americans used things like ‘clothes lines’ items deemed tacky by the general public, enough energy would be saved to close several power plants! There are several ways- and they are so minut they won’t take any time out of your day- that you can alter your laundry cycles to save both money and energy. Chances are, in the end you will find the green way of doing laundry preferable. Taking these simple steps can help you cut back on how much energy your washer and dryer use when doing your laundry. No matter if you are doing laundry for an entire family full of kids, or for a single person, there are some simple steps you can take to save a few dollars every time you wash clothes. Be conscious of the energy you use when doing laundry and you’ll also succeed in saving yourself money.
Lower the Heat
Adjust your water temperature. When used with cold-water detergent, washing in cold water is actually better for your clothes. Turn your hot water heater down to the lowest practical setting to allow everyone hot showers. Unless you have some grease stains on your clothes, or some seriously soiled threads, you probably don’t need to use hot water when you are washing clothes. Even if you do have some spaghetti soaked sweaters, switch it to cold when it is on the rinse cycle. Make sure your water temperature is set at 120 degrees (Fahrenheit) and you will not only use less energy but you will also keep from burning any little ones- or yourself for that matter. The best way to save money when you are doing the laundry is to wash clothes in cold water. Oily stains that require hot water for removal can be switched from hot to warm still saving energy and doing a good job of cleaning your laundry
Fill ‘Er Up
By loading the washer to full capacity you may be using a slight amount more energy, but nothing compared to what you would be using had you split it up into two loads. So fill the washer to the brim, and save a little money in your pocket and energy to boot.
Maintain, Maintain, Maintain
Properly maintaining your dryer can help it to run effectively and efficiently. If you can, replace plastic vents and hoses with rigid materials that will prevent these pieces from collapsing. Check the vent hose to make sure it too is allowing air to flow without obstruction. On occasion, you also will want to check the dryer vent to make sure it is not blocked. Keeping this free of obstruction helps improve air circulation making the dryer work more efficiently. Remove lint from your dryers lint trap after every load. Cleaning the dryer lint filter can save you money. When everything is in good working order, electricity is not wasted and money is saved.
It doesn’t have to be a warm day, or even a sunny day. Air-drying is, in general, more energy efficient, whether it be inside or outside. You can save lots of money on electricity by using a laundry rack. Also you need to find space to hang clothes – it could be outdoors or inside. You will have to iron certain items of course, like shirts ie but by my reckoning that whole method still uses less energy/ money than using a dryer in the first place. Are you crunchy?
Time Your Loads
Sort clothes by drying time to avoid running an another cycle for only a few thicker items that dry slowly. If you over-dry the clothes, it wastes electricity, as well as causing wrinkles and “shinking”. Time your washing and drying so that you are able to put the next dryer load in just as the last one finishes. That way the dryer is already hot, and doesn’t need to use additional electricity or gas to warm up. Always wait until your washer and is full before running it. Remove clothes from the dryer right when it stops to avoid wrinkles. That saves you the additional electricity of ironing or re-running the load.
Choose energy star appliances at department stores. Selecting energy star labeled appliances or energy efficient ones can save you more money in the end. Too many old appliances in your house can actually drain your wallet. Don’t always assume a smaller machine is more efficient with energy usage. Pay attention to the washer settings. A machine model with various settings for wash, rinse, water levels and pre-soak cycles will allow for the most savings on energy. Check the EnergyGuide labels, which must be on all new machines.There is also an energy star label to look out for. Selecting energy star labeled appliances or energy efficient ones is important. Energy Star provides objective energy use information about consumer products. The Department of Energy provides free technical support and expertise. Find energy saving tips, advice and resources you need to make your home more energy efficient and save on energy costs. Make your home more energy efficient and SAVE BIG on your home energy costs.