Save Up To 50% on Energy Costs In The Kitchen And Laundry Room
- Wash in cold water. Today's laundry detergents are made to clean clothes in cold water. The majority of energy used for washing clothes comes from heating water. Use hot water only for very dirty clothes and always use cold water for rinsing. Save 4%.
- Wash full loads. It takes approximately the same amount of energy to wash a small load as it does a full load. Sort and organize your laundry for full loads, saving both energy and water.
- Don't overload the washer and dryer. Your clothes may not get clean and may need to be washed again. Overloading dryers uses excess energy because items take longer to dry. Always use a surge protector on your appliances.
- Line-dry clothes whenever possible. This can save up to 5% of your energy costs.
- Clean the lint from the clothes dryer after every load. The efficiency of the dryer goes down when lint collects over the dryer filter. Run full loads and use the moisture-sensing setting. Save 5% on your electric bill.
- Dry similar types of fabrics together. For example, put towels together in one load. A lower dryer temperature may be used for certain clothes. See the owner's manual for more information.
- Presoak or use the soak cycle when washing heavily soiled garments. You will avoid two washings and save energy.
- Keep the clothes dryer's outside exhaust clean. A clogged exhaust lengthens drying time and increases energy use.
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- When shopping for energy-efficient appliances, don't be misled by labels such as "Energy Miser," "Energy Saver" and "Fuel Saver." The best way to determine energy efficiency of appliances is to compare information provided by Energy Guide labels.
- Choose the right size clothes washer for your needs. ENERGY STAR clothes washers are available in many sizes, ranging in capacity from 1.6 to 3.8 cubic feet. An ENERGY STAR clothes washer uses 50% less energy and 40% less water per load than a conventional machine. Save as much as $100 annually.
- Select an ENERGY STAR clothes washer that allows control of the water level and temperature. Look for energy-saving features like pre-soak, "suds saver" and cold water settings.
- Choose a front loading "horizontal axis" ENERGY STAR clothes washer. This model cuts water use by 33 to 40%, using 20 to 25 gallons per full load. A ypical top-loading washer uses about 40 gallons of water per full load.
- Choose a clothes washer with a "mini-basket." A mini-basket is a small tub that fits over the agitator, allowing you to wash very small loads.
- Select a gas clothes dryer if possible. Gas dryers cost on average 15 to 20 cents per load to operate, while electric dryers cost on average 30 to 40 cents per load.
- Look for clothes dryer with a moisture sensor in the drum instead of a temperature sensor near the exhaust. This model is more accurate in sensing the drying time needed for clothes and will prevent over-drying.
- Install high-efficiency commercial washers in your home, including but not limited to front-loading machines, which can cut energy costs up to 50% and use about 30% less water (18 to 25 gallons of water per load, compared to 40 galloused by a standard machine). Energy-efficient and front-loading commercial clothes washers also last five to 10 years longer than standard, top-loading machines.