Save Energy In Laundry

We want to save energy at every possible point around the house. And this does not exclude the laundry room.

Your laundry room is considered as one of the largest energy consumer in the house. But, there are several ways on how you can save energy in your laundry room. Here are a few tips:

  • Replace your laundry appliances with energy saving machines. There are a lot of machines these days that are assured energy efficient. Although you have to invest on these machines, in the long run, you will be able to cut more energy.
  • Often, we use hot water to wash our clothes especially those that are heavily soiled. However, large amounts of energy are consumed whenever you need to heat the water. Save your energy by avoiding the use of hot water and instead use cold water where possible – some detergents are now made specifically to work with cold water. Clothes that are slightly soiled and only needs a mild washing will still be effectively cleaned with cold water.
  • Wash in full loads rather than washing in partial loads. The energy you are consuming in washing partial loads is similar to washing full loads but you get fewer clean clothes as a result.
  • Reduce the use of a dryer. If you can air dry your clothes, do it. This will also reduce the easy wear of your clothes as the dryer fades your clothing.
  • If you want to use the dryer, make sure to separate the light clothes from the heavy clothes. Lighter clothes are much faster to dry. If you combined light clothes with heavy clothing, then expect that even for a longer span of time in drying, your light clothes will not quickly dry.
  • Clean the lint filter and exhaust before use. This will maximize the efficiency of your dryer as it will keep the air circulation in an improved level as well as preventing overheating. Moreover, if the air circulation is less efficient, it will require your dryer to work harder and longer which means more energy will be required to work.
  • Save energy from ironing. This is possible if you remove the clothes and hang or fold them quickly after drying.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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