Laundry: Reduce Your Energy Load
The average American household washes 300 loads of laundry per year, using about 40 gallons of water for a single load. Washing and drying your clothes more efficiently can really take a load off your energy and water budget.
Eight ways to save
Clean up with cost-saving laundry strategies:
- Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible.
- Unless you're dealing with oily stains, the warm temperature setting will clean most fabrics. By switching from hot to warm, you can cut energy use in half.
- Wash full loads whenever possible. If you must wash a small load, use the appropriate water level setting.
- Clean the lint filter after each dryer load; this will increase air circulation and improve dryer efficiency.
- Avoid drying towels and heavy cotton materials with lightweight clothing.
- If your dryer is equipped with a moisture sensor, use it to prevent over drying.
- Consider air drying clothes in your laundry room or outdoors, if possible.
- Inspect your dryer vent periodically to ensure that it's not blocked. Consider having your unit cleaned professionally.
If you have an older washing machine or clothes dryer, consider replacing it with a new, ENERGY STAR® rated model. ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers use about 25 percent less energy and 45 percent less water than standard models. ENERGY STAR dryers are about 20 percent more efficient than conventional products, while offering the same level of performance.