Laundry is no one’s favorite chore, from washing, drying to folding, It’s no easy job. You would always want to do it the fast and easy way.
A washing machine and dryer them might be convenient for you but does it give you peace of mind or another headache?
There are ways to save money and energy in the laundry room, reduce the wear and tear of your clothes- and some of them won’t cost you a single penny.
Energy saving tips for Washers:
- Purchase the right size
Buy the right size for your family’s needs. Front load washing machines are more efficient than top loaders. The front load can accommodate more clothes per load as they do not have a central agitator taking up space but top loading models do.
- Use the right settings
Sort clothes according to fabric, color and heavily soiled. Different types of clothes require different wash cycles. Delicate clothes do not take as long as the others. Pre-soak soiled garments to lessen wash cycle.
- Wash with cold water
Use cold water to cut a load’s energy use in half. To ensure items get cleaned using the right amount of detergent and fabric softener.
- Maximize the operation of your washing machine
Wash at full loads with the right wash cycle. The same amount of energy is being used no matter the size of the load. Remember, full load and not overload.
- Spin clothes properly
When using a spinner, make sure that the water is drained from the cylinder and clothes are squeezed to effectively spin-dry clothes. High-speed or extended spin cycle will remove as much moisture as possible before drying, reducing your drying time and the wear on your clothes from the high heat of the dryer.
Energy saving tips for Dryers:
- Air dry when you can
Hang laundry outside on sunny days or on a drying rack or place the clothes in a warm and dry place if it’s cloudy. Line drying your clothes is one of the best ways to save on your energy bills.
- Remove excess water
Squeeze clothes or spin dry the clothes on a high-speed spin cycle in the washing machine before drying in a tumble dryer.
- Dry right-sized loads for your machine
Sort clothes and other items according to their thickness in batches. Loads that are too full will take longer for the clothes to dry. Do not overload as it might block airflow.
- Use lower heat settings in the dryer
Even if the drying cycle is longer, you’ll use less energy and be less likely to over-dry your clothes.
- Use a cool-down cycle if your dryer has one
Allows clothes to finish drying with the remnant heat in the dryer.
- Use dryer balls
Wool or rubber dryer balls absorb some moisture that will help separate your clothes and get more air through them, hereby drying time.
- Use the moisture sensor option if your dryer has one
Many new dryers come designed with a moisture sensor, where the machine automatically shuts off and the reduce wear and tear on your clothes caused by over-drying.
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- Clean washer and dryer regularly.
Ensure lint filter share clean to ensure maximum operation and efficiency. To help prevent mildew, odors, and mold in front-loading washing machines, dry the door seal (or gasket) with a towel after each load. If you use dryer sheets, scrub the filter once a month with a toothbrush to remove film buildup that can reduce air circulation.
- Use washer and dryer during off-peak hours.
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