Spending a sunny Sunday at home doing laundry doesn’t sound like our idea of the perfect way to spend the weekend. But we all need to do laundry so why not save some money while doing it? Go ahead and let the power company down by using these 7 energy-saving laundry tips to keep your hard-earned money in your pocket.
Wash Full Loads - Washers use the same amount of energy regardless of the size of the load, so save like colors and wash them all together.
Use Cold Water - Washing in hot water can double the energy cost of a load of laundry. Use cold water with special cold water detergent to get clean clothes for less.
Spin it Again - Run an extra spin cycle to remove more moisture from heavy clothes. This will speed up drying time dramatically so you’ll be using less energy in the long run.
Dryer Loads Should Be Just Right - An overloaded dryer takes longer to dry, but drying only a few items at a time can be a complete waste of energy. Think like Goldilocks when it comes to dryer loads – they should be just right. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for your model, but a good rule of thumb is two-thirds full.
Clean the Lint Filter - A dirty lint filter can increase drying time drastically. At minimum, clean it after every 2-3 loads.
Lower Heat Settings - A heated dry is more energy-intensive than tumbling. Use a lower setting for a longer period to save energy as well as the wrinkles caused by over-drying.
Air Drying Smells Fresher Than Fabric Softener! - Bypass the dryer altogether and hang clothes out to dry. Nothing smells better on clothing than the scent of fresh air and sunshine.