Whether you like laundry or not—and we’re betting on not—to keep your family’s clothes clean, you wash nearly 300 loads of laundry per year. Add in the effect laundry can have on your energy and water bills and you like it even less. But don’t fear, there are a few adjustments you can make to your laundry room and your routine that can help ensure your related bills don’t clean out your wallet.
On average per load, only 10 percent of total energy used goes to the washer motor—the rest heats water. When appropriate, select the cold setting. For those loads that need hot water and any other hot-water needs around the home, a tankless water heater offers an energy efficient solution that can save homeowners up to 40 percent on their utility bills. Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters heat water as it’s needed so there is no storage tank of hot water to deplete, which means a home can run several showers and a load of laundry at the same time—with no fear of running out of hot water.
Don’t Settle for Partial Loads
Washing full loads helps reduce your carbon footprint significantly. Be sure to adjust the water level to your load size or select the auto-level option if your washer is equipped with this feature.
Efficiency is Important
Front- and top-load ENERGY STAR®-qualified washers use about 20 percent less energy and 35 percent less water than regular washers. They also have a greater tub capacity, so you can wash fewer loads to clean the same amount of laundry.
Mix Up Your Own Detergent
Be extra green and make your own detergent with basic ingredients, such as washing soda, Borax and bar soap, available at your grocery store.
Let It All Hang Out
Drip drying doesn’t result in any greenhouse gas emissions, and it’s cooler for your home during warmer months.
Time Your Loads
If using your dryer, you can maximize the energy needed to dry your clothes by timing your laundry loads. By putting loads in the dryer back to back to back, you can capitalize on the already heated dryer. Also, cleaning your lint trap between each load helps increase dryer efficiency.
Make Ironing a Thing of the Past
Irons heat up your energy usage and deteriorate clothes. Fold items immediately after they’re finished drying, pressing with your hands to smooth the fabric.