10 ways to save energy in the laundry
The laundry is one area of the home that we use regularly, and modern technology has given us plenty of machines and gadgets designed to make our lives easier.
These machines, however, run on electricity and draw power. Finding solutions that will save energy in the laundry is not only good for the environment; it’s good for reducing your energy bills too.
Here’s what we suggest to save energy in the laundry.
- Only use your clothes dryer when absolutely necessary. If it’s a bright, sunny day, hang your clothes outside! If you don’t have a garden with a clothesline, try a clothes rack positioned somewhere with lots of fresh air.
- For times when you do need to use the dryer, make sure the filter is cleaned and not clogged with lint, and don’t overload the dryer with clothes.
- Use cold water washing cycles whenever you can. Not everything needs to be washed in hot water. Even a warm cycle will use less hot water and therefore less energy.
- Turn down the temperature on your hot water system. A lower setting is just as adequate and uses less energy to heat up.
- Upgrade your washer and dryer to a newer model that has a better energy efficiency rating. Some washers (usually front loaders) are specially designed to use less water, and are great if you live in a dry area and rely on tank or rainwater.
- Make sure you have a full load of washing before you start a cycle. Washing one large load will take less energy than two smaller loads.
- Use a shorter cycle. Most modern electronic washing machines offer a range of different cycles to choose from, all ranging in temperature and cycle length. A shorter cycle will usually wash a regular load of clothes just as well, and will use less energy.
- Some washing machines have a suds-saving option and will save some of the water for the next load. This is great if your clothes are not particularly dirty.
- Choose the best size washer for your needs. If you have a large family, a washing machine with a larger load capacity will save you energy and money in the long run since your loads won’t be as frequent.
- Forget about ironing unless you absolutely must. Irons can use quite a lot of power! Instead, hanging your shirts on a coat hanger on the clothesline can eliminate most of the wrinkles, as can laying your clothes flat to dry.
By following just some of our energy saving tips, you’ll be well on your way to helping the environment and your wallet at the same time.
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