March 24th, 2018 | Updated on June 6th, 2019
Doing the laundry is one of the most tedious household chores, and what most people fail to realize is that it is also the most expensive! According to the United States EPA, washers and driers are among the most expensive appliances to operate. Nowadays, though, there are many alternatives to those big laundry machines, and the ultrasonic cleaners are one such option to provide high-quality cleaning.
Considering the fact that most of us load up the washing machine a few times a week, it only makes sense to take steps to reduce the amount of energy consumed.
Stream Energy wants our customers to save money on their energy bills; therefore, we have provided some simple tips on how you can reduce your energy use when doing the laundry.
1. Add Dryer Balls
Rubber or wool dryer balls work by separating the clothes which allows more air to get to them. The more air your clothes get, the less time it will take to dry them. Dryer balls also absorb moisture which cuts drying time down even further.
2. Reduced Temperature Washing
Unless you are washing a load of grease stained clothes, there is no need to do your washing on the highest temperature. Using warm or cold water will cut your energy use in half. You can also invest in cold water detergent, which is specifically made to do the extra work when the water is not piping hot.
3. Buy a Heat Pump Dryer
If you are planning on replacing your dryer, purchase one with a heat pump. They are not the cheapest appliances, but you will save 20-60 percent on your energy bills. Heat pump dryers work by recycling air and reusing it.
4. Avoid Repeat Cycles
If you have got any heavily soiled clothes, soak them in a bucket of detergent and water overnight. The following day, give them a scrub to make sure the stains are out before putting the clothes in the washing machine. In this way, you won’t have to repeat the cycles when you realize that your clothes are still dirty.
5. Clean Your Dryer Vents
Not only will your dryer work more efficiently if there is an unobstructed flow of air, it can also prevent fires. After every use, clean the dryer lint filter. Check the dryer exhaust on a regular basis, make sure the opening moves freely and keep it clean.
Stream Energy recommends that you use rigid vending materials instead of plastic vents to prevent them from collapsing and causing a blockage.
6. Plan Your Laundry Routine
Randomly doing washing will cost you money because you will end up doing more cycles than necessary throughout the week. Plan your laundry so that you can do multiple loads in the same session.
You will save energy by using a dryer that is already heated and doesn’t require a temperature setting every time it’s used.
There is nothing worse than wasting money when you don’t have to, and it’s by making the smallest changes in what we do that can help the most. Stream Energy aims to educate not only our customers, but everyone who reads our content on the most effective energy saving tips.