How to Use Your Washer and Dryer More Effectively

Your laundry room presents the most opportunities in helping to save water and energy. Do you think you’re using your washer and dryer right? These simple steps should help you in using your washer and dryer more efficiently.

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Your Washing Machine

1. Always wash full loads. Even though most washing machines have a setting for how large the load of laundry is, it will still use close to the same amount of energy as it would with a larger load. By only running your washing machine when it’s full, you will save energy and water.

2. Select the proper temperature. With today’s conventional detergents, we do not have to wash our colors in cold water and our whites in hot water. Studies have now shown that by washing your clothes in cold water, it gets them just as clean as it does in hot water.

The difference in the cost between washing your clothes in hot and cold water is very substantial. On average when using hot water to wash your clothes, it costs about $2.00 per load. But when washing your clothes with cold water, it costs about $0.10 per load. Not only do you save money by washing your clothes with cold water, but you also save energy.

3. If your washing machine has the setting, instead of using the extra rinse cycle, use the eco-boost setting. With the extra rinse, you aren’t getting your clothes any cleaner than they would be with just the one rinse. By turning on the eco-boost feature, you are ensuring that your washing machine is running more efficiently.

Your Dryer

1. Clean the lint screen between uses. By cleaning out the lint screen in the dryer, you can make your dryer 15% more efficient. This is because if you don’t clean, your dryer would have to work harder to push all the heated air out of the air vent. This leads to more energy consumption and will cost you more money.

2. Dry your clothes for less time. Try drying your clothes for 40 minutes to start. If your clothes are still wet, add a couple extra minutes. Remember that you can always add time, but you can’t take it away. By having your dryer on for a long time, you are obviously using extra energy that you don’t need to be using. And that extra dry time does take its toll on your clothing, too.

3. Use a lower heat setting. Next time you need to dry your clothes, try using either the “delicates” setting or the “permanent press” setting. By using one of these settings you are reducing the temperature being used.

4. If your dryer has the setting, use the moisture sensor setting. This setting can determine how wet the clothes are and will use the proper amount of heat and time to get the clothes dried. Often times clothes don’t need to be dried for the full hour; by using the moisture sensor setting, your clothes will still be dry but the dryer won’t run longer than it has to.

These are all simple fixes to your laundry routine. The best part is that they don’t cost you a penny to do, but they will save you lots of money over time.

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