The average American family washes more than 400 loads of laundry a year (more than seven a week), which adds up to a large portion of the monthly energy consumption. There are several ways to reduce the effect laundry has on your electric bill.
First, if your washing machine is more than 10 years old, replacing it with a new Energy Star Approved washer could result in using 37 percent less energy. Front loading washing machines use 50 percent less water than top loaders. And with the money saved, you can afford to buy the matching, more energy efficient dryer and continue to lower your bill.
Speaking of dryers, remember they aren’t always necessary to use on every load of laundry. Hanging your clothes to dry, even in the winter, will use zero electricity and take less time than you might imagine. For clothes that do need to be dried in a dryer, be sure to use one with an electronic sensor so it will shut off automatically when your clothes have completely dried rather than on a timer. To shorten dry time, use your washing machine’s highest spin cycle to remove as much water as possible.
Another way to make your laundry room more energy efficient is to clean out your dryers lint filter. A clogged lint filter is often the cause of fires in laundry rooms. To clean out the filter, remove it and with hot, soapy water scrub the filter with a nylon brush. Removing excess lint and residue will improve your dryer’s airflow and thus, its energy efficiency.
Lastly, reduce the need to iron altogether by hanging up clothes immediately after the washer cycle is complete. The items will not have had time to get creases from sitting crumpled in the washing machine and wrinkles will be released as it dries.
What energy savings tips do you use in the laundry room?
Thank you Magic Madzik for the great picture of line-dried laundry.