Laundry may not seem like a huge cash drain, but since it's a task you repeat so frequently (at least, we hope you do), you can save big dough with little changes. Plus, these tips will conserve water as well, which helps the environment!
Wash your clothes in cold water. The Department of Energy estimates that up to 90% of the cost of doing laundry comes from the fuel used to run your water heater, rather than the electricity needed to run the machine. Note: Using hot water is important if you're trying to disinfect as well as clean (which is important for things like towels).
Dry clothes on the line. If it’s convenient for your home and your life, line-dry your clothes. You’ll save yourself $85 dollars per year, which is the average cost of running a clothes dryer, according to the California Energy Commission. Bonus: Line-drying also preserves your clothing.
Run full loads. If you only run your washing machine and clothes dryer when they’re full, you’ll save money. Plus, you'll use less waste and conserve energy by running your machine less often.
Don’t forget to remove lint from the filter. Do this in between every load to keep your machine running efficiently. It also saves you money by keeping the dryer from excessively heating your home, and cuts down your risk of having a fire. Read Inspect Your Dryer And Dryer Ducts to learn more.
Use a stain remover. Apply stain remover on fabrics before you run your load. Tip: Lemon juice or white vinegar work well as over-the-counter stain removers, and you won’t have to worry about unhealthy fumes from chlorine.
Maintain your washing machine. Read Inspect and Maintain Your Front-Loading Washing Machine.
Shop Energy Star. You will greatly lower your utility bills with an energy efficient appliance. To learn more, read Shop Energy Star.