Five Energy-Saving Tips That Reduce Laundry Costs

April 21, 2012 Comments Off

Here are great laundry tips that will help you reduce your laundry costs by more than $100. Just read the following tips:

Tip # 1: Wash your clothes in cold water
It does not matter whether you wash your clothes in cold or hot water. The Department of Energy states an old washing machine does not increase your electricity bill. However, your water heater contributes to 90% of your laundry costs! Therefore, always switch off your water heater when you are doing your laundry.

Tip # 2: Do not use the dryer to dry your clothes
The California Energy Commission states that the average cost of using your dryer is $85. You can save $85 dollars per year by line drying your clothes! Though it is a time-consuming chore, line drying preserves your clothes better than a dryer does.

Tip # 3: Always run your washing machine and dryer when full.
Do not use your washing machine or dryer, when you just want to wash or dry a few clothes. (The same rule applies to the dishwasher as you can your electricity costs) You can also save your electricity costs by opting for quick cycles to reduce the wash times and high-spin modes in a clothes dryer. In addition, if you have the moisture sensor option in your dryer, then make use of it. Lastly always remove the lint from the filter after every load so that your machine runs efficiently.

Tip # 4: Buy a more efficient and energy-saving washing machine
An average household does around 300 loads of laundry every year. Every load adds to your water and electricity bills. Did you know there are energy-saving washing machines out there that not only use less water to wash clothes but only utilize a fraction of electricity that non-energy saving washing machines use? Such machines also have a bigger capacity so you can do more laundries in one load. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, American homeowners can save $2.6 billion annually if they replace their old washing machines with energy-saving washing machines. New washing machines are costly but look at it as a long-term investment that will help you save electricity and water.

Tip # 5: Use homemade laundry products
Instead of buying costly detergents and clothes softener, you can try some low-cost alternatives for your laundry. For example, soaking your clothes in a mixture of lemon juice, borax, white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide will act as effective bleach for your clothes. In addition, vinegar alone can acts as a great color brightener. Lastly adding a quarter cup of baking soda in every load will soften your clothes.

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