Energy Savings at Home ( Washer & Dryer )
How to save on electricity, heating, cooling and water bills. Energy Savings at Home ( Washer & Dryer )
There are a number of things you can do to save energy in every room of your home. Turning off the lights is always a good start to save energy and money. But, are you aware of other ways to reduce your energy bill even more?
Clean your clothes without cleaning out your bank account.
- Run full loads whenever possible but don’t overload the machines.
- Wash your clothes in cold or warm water. A whopping 85-90% of the energy used by washing machines is for heating the water.
- You can save a lot of energy by lowering the water temperature.
- Try using cold or warm water for the WASH cycle, instead of hot water. Hot water shrinks and fades your clothes, and wears them out more quickly.
- Make sure clothes are effectively wrung before putting them in the dryer. (Front-loading washers are the best at squeezing the water out!) Separate loads into heavy, medium and lightweight items – lighter loads will take less drying time than a mixture of items.
- Dry consecutive loads to utilize otherwise wasted heat from the dryer.
- Clean the lint filter after every load. (A clogged lint filter can increase energy use up to 30%, and may be a fire hazard!)
- Get some fresh air! Consider using a clothesline to dry your laundry.
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