For the average-sized family, doing laundry can be a frequent chore. And if you’re doing laundry the “old-fashioned” way, you are most likely throwing away money on electricity costs. The way we do laundry today has changed compared to 20, 10 and even 5 years ago. Here are our top tips on how to lower energy costs while doing the laundry.
- If you’re in the market for a new washer and/or dryer, be sure to purchase one that has both the ENERGY STAR and EnergyGuide labels. ENERGY STAR use 50% less energy to wash clothes compared to standard washers. And a majority of full-sized ENERGY STAR washing machines use 15 gallons of water per load while standard models use 32.5 gallons.
- For new washer purchases, be sure to choose a front-loading model. These types of washers use half the energy and less water than their top-loading counterparts.
- For dryers, look for models that come equipped with a moisture sensor. These sensors automatically shut off the dryer when the clothes have been completely dried. This saves energy by shortening the drying time and will also extend the life of your clothes by not over-drying them.
- Whenever possible, always wash full loads instead of small ones. But when you must wash a small load, set the water level to an appropriate setting.
- Your mother and grandmother taught you to wash all your whites in hot water. But that was the old days. Today you can use either the cold or warm water setting to wash ALL your clothes. With the types of detergents being sold today, you no longer need to use hot water.
- Consider purchasing cold-water detergents such as 2X Ultra Tide Coldwater which totally eliminates the need to wash clothes in hot or warm water.
- When using the dryer, don’t put towels or heavier cottons in the same load as lighter-weight clothes.
- The one old-school exception we have that you can still do today is drying your clothes outside on the clothesline instead of using your dryer.
- For drying, always try to run full loads and use the moisture-sensing setting if it has one.
- It should go without saying to clean the lint filter after every use. The purpose for cleaning the lint filter is keep your dryer running efficiently which will save both energy and money.
- Some dryers have a “More Dry” and “Less Dry” setting. The More Dry setting instructs the dryer to remove most, if not all, of the moisture from the clothing in the load. The Less Dry setting instructs the dyer to leave a small amount of moisture in the load to prevent wrinkling.
- If you have multiple loads to dry, dry one load right after another while the dryer is still hot.
These 12 tips should help you save energy, electricity and money while doing your laundry. The rules have changed. And they have changed for the better.