It seems like everyone these days is trying to do their best to help out Mother Nature and the environment. The best part about it is that by lessening our carbon footprint, we can save money as well as energy. Because by lowering our energy consumption, we lessen our bills, bit by bit.
One of the easiest ways to lower energy consumption in the home is by finding new ways to save energy on laundry day. Aside from heating and cooling costs, the energy used in doing laundry is some of the highest in the home.
The easiest way to save energy when it comes to doing laundry, is by not washing your clothes in hot water. By using the cold water setting on your washing machine, you can save upwards of 80 percent of the energy that would have to be used to run a hot water wash.
One way to save money and energy that some people do not often think of, is by doing loads back to back. Instead of doing a single load of laundry daily, doing them all in succession. By doing so, you are harnessing the heat that has already built up in the dryer, instead of the dryer needing to reheat each time. This means less effort is exerted by your dryer, and more money saved.
A high quality laundry detergent can also help to save money. These heavier duty detergents are made to use half as much liquid per load, and that means that each bottle will last longer. A bottle that lasts longer means less empty plastic bottles in the landfill. Recycling these empty containers is also great for the environment.
Choosing to air dry your clothes is another way to save on energy costs in the home. During the summer months this can save on multiple fronts. Not only are you not running your dryer, you are lessening the amount of work your air conditioner has to do to keep your house nice and cool. Not only will you be spending less on your bills, air dryed clothes tend to keep that sunny fresh smell longer than clothes that are run through a dryer.
Everyone needs to have clean clothes. It is just a part of life. But there are easy ways to help lower your energy bills and to put a little more money into your pocket on every laundry day. These simple tricks can help make huge gains in your energy usage over time, without having a huge impact on your laundry routines.