Household chores are a part of your everyday routine. Laundry is one of those chores that can eventually start to cost you more money than it should. It doesn’t have to be that way though. There are many things you can do to lower the cost of washing and drying your clothes. Take a few minutes and go over the following list to find ways to save money while doing your laundry. With a little forethought, you can save both energy and money with every load of laundry you do.
When Is the Best Time to Do Laundry?
If you want to save money and energy, you will need to avoid running your washer and dryer during peak energy times. Peak energy usage times will vary from season to season. In the winter, it’s in the morning when people wake up. During the summer, it’s normally from noon to six in the evening when people are more likely to run their air conditioners. In the spring and fall, it’s most often when people get off of work until they get ready for bed. Adjust your laundry times to avoid peak hours.
Use Cold Water
Using cold water is recommended for most fabrics. Hot is primarily used when trying to break up tough, greasy stains. If there are no stains to worry about, using cold water may be your best bet. It saves money and energy and won’t damage your clothes if the fabrics are sensitive to heat. Cold water will also help fabrics hold their color longer. The myth about cold water not cleaning your clothes as well as hot water simply isn’t true. Cool to warm water in your washing machine is just as good as hot water when cleaning mild to moderately soiled clothes.
Use a Clothesline
Using your dryer is one of the biggest drains when it comes to your energy bill. If you’re serious about saving money, use a clothesline. Drying your clothes outside eliminates odors and gives them a fresh smell. In addition to putting in a clothesline outside, put one in your basement, too. As the clothes dry, they can add humidity back into the air. This will eliminate your need for a humidifier in the winter.
Install Energy Efficient Appliances
The best way to save energy and money all year long is to install new, energy-efficient appliances. The energy and money you save over the next few years will eventually pay for the cost of replacing your old washer and dryer. Using energy-efficient appliances may even get you a tax break at the end of the year. Energy-efficient models are available for both gas and electric users.
Choose the Correct Size and Setting for Each Load
While doing laundry, you end up wasting a lot of energy by using the wrong size and temperature setting for each load. If you have a small load, change the setting to that size. Don’t forget to change it back when you are ready to do a larger load. Adjust the amount of detergent to the correct load size and then recheck the temperature. The same is true for your dryer settings. Many newer models have a sensor that will turn the dryer off when the clothes are dry.
Everyone is always trying to find new ways to save money and energy. Doing the laundry is one chore where you can control the amount of energy and money you put into it. Using these simple tips and tricks, you will be able to save money with every load you wash and dry. If you do a lot of laundry for your family, you may notice the savings much sooner than later.
Are you ready to save time, energy and money, while completing all your laundry in a matter of minutes? Call us at Fresh & Clean Laundry to learn about our services and how we can help. As your friendly and efficient laundry team in California, we hope to see you soon!
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