Did you know that laundry is probably the largest energy cost in your home after heating and cooling? Think about it. You heat water to wash your clothes and use the dryer to dry your clothes. The energy expense adds up. Here are some easy energy saving laundry tips to reduce your energy use for laundry.
Make sure you have efficient appliances
If you upgrade from a ten-year-old clothes washer to an ENERGY STAR® model, you will use about 75 per cent less energy to wash your clothes. Because of using less hot water, it may be more affordable to replace your old washer than continue using it.
The same goes for clothes dryers. New models are much more energy saving than older ones and can save you money. Natural gas dryers deliver more heat and dry clothes faster than an electric model. Less tumbling means less wear and tear on garments, so your clothes last longer. Plus a gas heating element lasts about 10 years longer. Check out our cash-back dryer rebates.
Use hot water only on very dirty loads and always use cold water for the rinse cycle. Not only will you see energy savings, you will extend the life of your clothes. Switching from hot to warm can save you up to 50 per cent. Switching from hot to cold can save even more.
If you use a natural gas tankless water heater, you only use fuel while the hot water is actually running. You aren’t wasting fuel by heating a standing tank of water. Plus tankless units are extremely energy efficient. Peoples Gas offers cash-back rebates on tankless water heaters or offers a $24.99/month payment plan that is added to your natural gas bill.
If you have the time, hang your clothes to dry and eliminate drying costs all together. A bag of clothespins and a clothesline are the only small investment for this simple laundry tip.
More laundrey tips to save you money
Run full loads. If you have to do a smaller load, adjust your washer’s settings to fit the load size.
Clean your dryer’s lint trap before each load. Plus, keep the vent hose clear of lint and unkinked. Not only is this safer, the dryer doesn’t need to work as hard to push air out.
Reduce ironing by drying clothes at lower temperatures and stopping the dryer before clothes are completely dry.