Washers and dryers are not only the very costly home appliances to operate, but also to repair. We recently published an article about how to save money on repair costs by performing regular maintenance. Today we’ll cover how to save money doing your laundry to help you save even more.
Did you know that the water temperature you choose can make a big difference in your energy use? Cold water uses the least amount of energy and using cold water or high-efficiency laundry detergents can help you get most items cleans with only cold water. If you must use warmer water choosing warm over hot can cut the load’s energy use in half.
Use the high speed or extended spin option on your washer if you have one. This will get more of the moisture out of the clothes which will reduce the amount of time it takes to dry your clothes.
This should go without saying, but don’t do laundry until you have a full load. You are not cutting down the amount of time that the washing machine takes to run its cycles, so fill it up!
For quite some time, I had no idea what this meant. I honestly assumed it just meant it heated at a lower temperature – may to get more wrinkles out? That is not the case. If your dryer has a cool down cycle, use it. What this does is tells the machine to use the remaining heat in the dryer to finalize the load. Your dryer stops heating but continues the cycle making use of the heat already in the dryer from the beginning of the cycle.
Instead of paying for dryer sheets, use wool dryer balls. Not only do they get rid of unwanted static electricity, but they also soak up moisture reducing drying time.
Never pay full retail price for laundry detergent. Detergent is just one of those items you can always find a sale on and likely a manufacturer coupon as well. Better yet, make your own detergent and save even more. If you are on an energy saving program with your utility company, never run your washer and dryer during the peak pricing times.
Always dry towels and heavier items separately. Always clean the lint filter before each load which will make your dryer run more efficiently and use the moisture sensor option if your dryer has one. Last but not least, when purchasing a new washer or dryer – make sure it is ENERGY STAR rated. Energy Star rated washers use about 25% less energy and dryers use 20% less.