Saving Energy Room by Room: The Laundry Room

Saving Energy Room by Room: The Laundry Room

Saving Energy Room by Room: The Laundry Room

The laundry room may not be a prime hang-out spot for your family, but it sure is a busy place. The average American household washes 300 loads of laundry each year. If you're getting soaked by high utility bills, these simple laundry room cost-saving measures will help shrink your energy budget.

1. LEDs use less energy than standard bulbs and provide the high-quality light you need to perform any laundry room task. 2. The dryer vent is easy to forget. Remember to check and clean it regularly to ensure safe and efficient airflow. 3. Air is free and it's easier on your clothes than tumbling in a dryer. The gentler treatment can help extend the life of some fabrics. 4. Take a moment to clean the lint filter before every use. It will improve air circulation and dryer efficiency. 5. Wait until you have a full load to run your washer and dryer whenever possible. For partial loads, set time and temperature to minimize energy use. 6. The cold temperature setting saves on water heating costs. For fabrics that you typically wash in hot water, consider switching to the warm setting. 7. Sort clothing so that they will dry more efficiently. For example, you can use a lower temperature setting for thin synthetic fabrics than for towels. Thinking of buying a new washer or dryer? Choose ENERGY STAR® rated models. They use less energy and water than standard appliances.

1. LEDs use less energy than standard bulbs and provide the high-quality light you need to perform any laundry room task.

2. The dryer vent is easy to forget. Remember to check and clean it regularly to ensure safe and efficient airflow.

3. Air is free and it's easier on your clothes than tumbling in a dryer. The gentler treatment can help extend the life of some fabrics.

4. Take a moment to clean the lint filter before every use. It will improve air circulation and dryer efficiency.

5. Wait until you have a full load to run your washer and dryer whenever possible. For partial loads, set time and temperature to minimize energy use.

6. The cold temperature setting saves on water heating costs. For fabrics that you typically wash in hot water, consider switching to the warm setting.

7. Sort clothing so that they will dry more efficiently. For example, you can use a lower temperature setting for thin synthetic fabrics than for towels.

Thinking of buying a new washer or dryer? Choose ENERGY STAR® rated models. They use less energy and water than standard appliances.

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