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Summary: Energy savings tips that will lower your utility when doing the laundry. It's easy to cut your energy costs for laundry. About 80%-85% of the energy used for washing clothes is used to heat the water.
© By: Dave Rongey
Cut Loads of Energy While Doing the Laundry
You can reduce this cost by using less water by washing full loads and using cooler water and cold-water detergents - switching the temperature setting from hot to warm cuts a load's energy use in half.
If you are in the market for a new washer, look for the ENERGY STAR and read Energy Guide labels. You can reduce drying costs as well: clean the lint filter after every load to improve air circulation, and don't over-dry clothes.
Use the cool-down cycle to allow clothes to finish drying with residual heat. Also, periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it's not blocked.
Consider buying a natural gas dryer, the cost per load is less than an electric dryer.
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About 90% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water. There are two ways to reduce the amount of energy used for washing clothes—use less water and use cooler water. Unless you're dealing with oily stains, the warm or cold water setting on your machine will generally do a good job of cleaning your clothes. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load's energy use in half.
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