Energy saving tips for the laundry room

March 16, 2011 · Print This Article


Line dry clothes to save $$ and energy

Today’s Meter Reading: 89691

OK, nearly half of the month is by, so I wanted to take a minute to reevaluate how the month of energy savings is going.  Thus far, I am pleased.  I have consistently used less energy each day than I have at that same day of year in 2010 and 2009.  But I want to just do more than use “a little less” I want to see what it takes to really crank down on the energy use.  So for the remainder of the month, I’m going to look at the big energy suckers: heating (a/c) laundry, fridge, and lights to see where I can form cuts.

I know I’ve shared tips with you before on saving energy while doing the laundry, but I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at these again:


  • Wash your clothes in cold water whenever practical and build certain your machine is set to always rinse in cold.

I had gotten away from doing that and frequently washed in warm water.  I’ve switched back to cold for all loads except the dirtiest stuff.

  • Set your washer to the appropriate water level for the size of your load.

I’ve always done that, but that month, I;m taking it up a notch by teaching my kids how to determine whether their clothes are really

dirty or whether they can be worn again.  I loved that they had learned to immediately place their clothes for the day in the hamper, but it lead to some unnecessary washing.  We’re still working out the kinks, but I think doing that initial sort has cut my laundry load considerably.

  • Clean the lint filter in your dryer after each use to keep it running efficiently. Cut energy use by drying clothes under the “Automatic” instead of the “Timed” setting. whether you’re really ready to go retro, install a clothesline in your backyard and dry your clothes for free!

Yes, yes and yes.  I’ve plus dragged out my indoor clothes drying rack so that I can “line” dry even on rainy and/or cold days.


  • When you’re in the market for a new machine, consider a front loading washer that cuts hot water use by 60%-70%.  And definitely make certain your new machine carries the Energy Star rating to certify that it uses less energy than standard models.

My washing machine and dryer are less than ten years old, so I’m not looking to replace them.  But fortunately, I purchased Energy Star at the date so at least I know they use as little energy as possible.


If you have any more tips for saving energy in the laundry room, I’d love to construct out them!

[Source] Jenn


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