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How Much is Laundry Costing You?

How Much is Laundry Costing You?

by On Feb 17 2017

Two of the biggest electricity-sucking devices in our homes are our washing machine and clothes dryer. If you’ve got a large family, it’s not uncommon for these convenient machines to be used every day—sometimes more than once. By using our washer and dryer in a smarter, more efficient way, we can often cut our electricity bills significantly.

There are two basic ways to reduce the amount of energy used for washing clothes: using less water and using 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.

Here are some more energy-saving tips for Discount Power customers to do more laundry for less money, straight from the U.S. Department of Energy.:

  1. Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenever you can.
  2. Wash and dry full loads only. If you are washing a small load, always use the appropriate water-level setting. Less water means less electricity!
  3. Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
  4. Don’t over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it.
  5. Clean the lint screen in the dryer after every load to make air circulation more efficient and prevent fire hazards.
  6. Periodically, use the long nozzle tip on your vacuum cleaner to remove the lint that collects below the lint screen in the lint screen slot of your clothes dryer, too.
  7. Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the heat remaining in the dryer.
  8. Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire. Manufacturers recommend using rigid venting material, not plastic vents that may collapse and cause blockages.
  9. Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks. Air drying is recommended by clothing manufacturers for some fabrics.
  10. If you have a front-loading washer or high-efficiency top-loader, use detergent labeled for high-efficiency (HE) machines.

If you plan to buy a new washer and dryer, look for machines with the Energy Star and EnergyGuide labels. Energy Star clothes washers clean clothes using 35 percent less water and 20 percent less electricity than standard washers. Energy Star clothes dryers use 20 percent less energy than conventional models, and dryers with a moisture sensor automatically shut off the machine when your clothes are dry, saving more electricity.

No matter what kind of washer and dryer you use, however, you can still save money on electricity by switching to Discount Power! We offer lower rates and greater service than our competitors, which is how we became one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States in 2016. Visit our promotions page now to see how much you could save by making the switch!