The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that homeowners typically spend about $2,000 every year on their energy bills. We’ve put together a series of posts that will show you how to save energy in your home, room-by-room. Today, we’ve compiled tips to help you save energy and money while doing the laundry. To continue learning about energy-saving tips in the rest of your home, take a look at our room-by-room series.
Appliances: When replacing your clothes washer and dryer, look for the ENERGY STAR.
- Clothes washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR use about 45 percent less water and about 25 percent less energy. A new ENERGY STAR certified washer will save you about $45 a year on your utility bills compared to a standard model.
- Replacing your old clothes dryer with an ENERGY STAR certified model can save you $245 over the lifetime of the product.
Energy-Efficiency Settings: Make sure your appliances are set to the most energy-efficient options.
- Heating water uses electricity. By washing your clothes in cold water only, you’ll save on heating costs—about $66 per year.
- Program a faster spin speed to reduce the amount of drying needed and save $11 per year.
- Use the lowest water setting to save more than 1,200 gallons of water per year.
Laundry Tips: Use these simple methods to save more when doing your next load of laundry.
- Always wait for a full load to run the wash. Reducing the total number of loads each year by 25% could save you 3,227 gallons of water.
- Clean the lint trap between loads—this improves air circulation and increases the efficiency of the dryer.
- Air dry clothes outside during warmer months or on an inside drying rack to save energy from using a dryer.
If you liked this post, you might want to read:
- Laundry Made Easy!
- The Room-by-Room Savings Series
- Family-Friendly Energy-Saving Tips
- Reducing Household Energy Bills with ENERGY STAR