This discusses some laundry saving tips. This should give you some good ideas that should help you with laundry in your home.
Laundry Saving Tips – Save energy, save money
There are two main ways to reduce the amount of energy used for washing clothes. One, use less water and two, use cooler water. Unless you are dealing with oily stains, the warm or cold water setting on your machine will generally do a good job of cleaning your clothes.
Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load’s energy use in half.
- The washing cycle selected on a washing machine should have the lowest water temperature required for the items being washed.
- A full load of washing is more energy efficient that two half loads.
- Use a cold rinse for your clothes.
- When drying clothes in a dryer, first fast spin them.
- When drying clothes in a dryer, dry heavy articles separately from light articles.
- When drying clothes in a dryer, turn the dryer off as soon as the clothes are dry.
- When using a dryer to dry your clothes, there is no need to over dry your clothes. Electricity is expensive enough.
- Dry clothes naturally where and when possible, ideally outside.
- Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenever possible.
- Wash and dry full loads. If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water-level setting.
- Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
- Don’t over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it.
- Clean the lint screen in the dryer after every load. This is to improve air circulation and prevent fire hazards.
- Every so often, use the long nozzle tip on your vacuum cleaner to remove the lint that collects below the lint screen in the lint screen slot of your clothes dryer.
- Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the heat remaining in the dryer.
- Every so often, inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked. This will save energy. This may prevent a fire. Manufacturers recommend using rigid venting material — not plastic vents that may collapse and cause blockages.
- Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks.
- Air drying is recommended by clothing manufacturers for some fabrics.
- When ironing, iron them in low temperature to high temperature sequence.
Long-Term Savings Tip
Some washing machines use 50% less energy and less water to wash clothes than standard washing machines.
When shopping for a new washing machine, look for the label to find one that uses less energy to run.
When shopping for a new clothes dryer, look for one with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off the machine when your clothes are dry. This will save energy and most likely save you money. And as an added bonus, it will save the wear and tear on your clothes caused by over-drying.
Purchase machines manufactured by a well known manufacturer with a good reputation with a good after sales service.
Some of these tips on saving money with your washing machine and for your clothes dryer are fairly easy to implement straight away. Now that you know these, you are in a position to implement these ideas straight away and hopefully you too will save money with your washing machine and your clothes dryer.