Saving energy in the home is a formidable goal and one that complements the desire for a greener, more sustainable planet. There are a number of easy ways to save energy with your washing machine, and it is guaranteed that you won’t even feel any difference except in the cost of your energy bill.
The cost of operating a washing machine depends on the amount of water used and the energy consumed. Just by cleaning your laundry with cold instead of hot water, your energy bill will be reduced significantly as quickly as most of us wish weight would come off our bodies. This is due to the fact that 90% of the energy utilized to wash a single load of laundry is the result of heating the water.
Adjust your thermostat to a setting of 120° F, which is adequate for most home needs. Always set the washing machine on cold water rinse. Experiment with different laundry detergents until you find the one that cleans best with cooler water. If you pre-soak heavily soiled clothes, you can use the cooler temperatures more effectively.
Never under-load your washer. Always wait until you have a full load to do. Washing one large load will take less energy than washing two loads on a low or medium setting. Be careful not to overfill your dryer as air must circulate freely around the clothes in order to dry them properly.
Separate clothes and dry similar types together. Bath towels and clothes made from natural fibers dry much more slowly than lightweight synthetics.
By removing clothes from the dryer while they are still slightly damp, you will save energy because this will reduce the need for ironing. You can also avoid wasting energy by using the auto-dry setting on your washer instead of the timer.
Don’t add wet items to a load that is already partially dried and clean out that filter after each use. Dryer performance can be greatly restricted by a clogged filter.
By following these tips you will be saving energy and money; two things we are always very grateful for. If your washing machine doesn’t work for any reason and you can always call in reinforcements. The Appliance Doctor is available for house calls and you can reach him at:
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