When you think about all the rooms in your home, which one gets used the most? Kitchen; Family Room; Bathroom…? The laundry room may not be a prime hang-out spot for your family, but it sure is a busy place. The average American household washes 300 loads of laundry each year. If you’re getting soaked by high utility bills, these simple laundry room cost-saving measures will help shrink your energy budget.
- Install High Efficiency LED Bulbs: LEDs use less energy than standard bulbs and provide the high-quality light you need to perform any laundry room task.
- Keep Dryer Vent Clean: The dryer vent is easy to forget. Remember to check and clean it regularly to ensure safe and efficient airflow.
- Air Dry Laundry: Air is free and it’s easier on your clothes than tumbling in a dryer. The gentler treatment can help extend the life of some fabrics.
- Clean Dryer Lint Filter: Take a moment to clean the lint filter before every use. It will improve air circulation and dryer efficiency.
- Run Full Loads: Wait until you have a full load to run your washer and dryer whenever possible. For partial loads, set time and temperature to minimize energy.
- Wash Clothes in Cold Water (if the care label says you can): The cold temperature setting saves on water heating costs. For fabrics that call for you to typically wash in hot water, consider switching to the warm setting.
- Separate Fabrics: Sort clothing so that they will dry more efficiently. For example, you can use a lower temperature setting for thin synthetic fabrics than for towels.