Laundry

  • Ninety percent of the energy your washer uses goes toward heating water. You can save energy dollars by using hot water only for heavily soiled laundry. Most laundry can be washed in warm water and lightly soiled loads can be washed in cold water. You can also save by using cold water rinses for each load, because the temperature of the water used during the rinse cycle will not make your clothes any cleaner.

  • Doing full loads of laundry in the washer saves both energy and water. Sort and organize your laundry so that you will be doing full loads. Be careful not to overload the washer. Your clothes may not get fully clean and may need to be washed again.

  • In your dryer, don’t over dry clothes. Besides using more energy than is needed, over drying is hard on fabrics.

  • Clean the dryer’s lint filter after each use. That allows the air to circulate efficiently. The harder it is for air to circulate past your clothes, the longer the dryer must run.

  • If remodeling, locate the clothes dryer in an uncooled utility room, basement or garage. In a 1,500 square foot house with eight-foot ceilings, a 200-cubic-feet-per-minute dryer located in an air-conditioned utility room and vented to the outdoors can empty a houseload of air every 60 minutes of operation. In summer, that’s a lot of expensively cooled house air being heated by the dryer and blown out. Also, consider hanging clothes outside to dry.