Whether we like to do it or not, doing laundry is an essential part of life. Unless you’re hand-washing and air drying, doing laundry contributes to your home energy consumption. The washer alone uses both electricity and water, with the dryer adding to your electric bill.
Doing laundry shouldn’t drive your energy bill through the roof, here are some tips on ways to do laundry efficiently.
1. Using cold or warm water – Using cold or warm water cuts the washing machine’s energy usage in half. Just make sure to use cold water detergent to ensure clean clothing.
2. Full load but not too full – Doing full loads of laundry ensures that you’re not doing multiple loads cutting energy usage down. However, you have to make sure you’re not overfilling the machine. If the washing machine is too full your clothes might not come out completely clean, requiring an additional cycle. If the dryer is too full, the clothes take longer to dry also requiring an additional cycle. Additional cycle = more energy being used.
3. Clean lint filter – Clogged up lint filter makes the dryer works harder to dry your clothes and as a result uses a lot more energy. Running a dryer with a clogged lint filter is not only inefficient but also poses a safety risk. Regularly clean out the lint filter and occasionally scrub it out to remove build up, especially if you use dryer sheets.
4. Wash on high speed – Washing on high speed can ensure that a lot more water is removed from the clothes after wash before you put them in the dryer. The wetter the clothes are the longer and harder the dryer works to dry them.
5. Invest in Energy Star appliances – Energy Star rated washers according to energy.gov use about 25% less energy, while Energy Star certified dryers use up to 20% less energy than traditional dryers.
These are just 5 of many ways you can save on home energy in the laundry room. Don’t hesitate to share other energy efficiency tips you use at home to save energy on doing laundry. Big thanks to Energy.gov for the facts and numbers.
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