Is Your Laundry Room Costing You Money

The price of​ energy is​ going up all the​ time,​ and you're probably looking for ways to​ save on​ your house bills. as​ it​ turns out,​ your least favorite room may be one of​ your biggest energy hogs. I'm talking about the​ laundry room.

Now,​ you can save all sorts of​ money if​ you're willing to​ stop washing your clothes,​ but I'm guessing you're not looking to​ go that route (and all the​ folks you work with appreciate that). Let's take a​ look at​ some more practical ways you can save money in​ the​ laundry room.

1. Avoid washers and dryers with lots of​ fancy features.

If you're shopping for a​ new washer and dryer,​ stick to​ the​ basics. More expensive machines may have extra cycles,​ electronic control panels,​ and other fancy features,​ but they don't wash clothes any better than basic units. Those perks usually just add to​ the​ operating cost of​ the​ machine. (Not to​ mention,​ more doohickeys means more doohickeys that can break,​ requiring the​ hiring of​ a​ repairman...)

2. Use cold water.

A hot water load uses four times as​ much energy as​ a​ cold water load. You may want to​ do your whites in​ hot,​ but towels and linens are fine in​ cold. Actually,​ the​ majority of​ your clothes are fine done in​ cold water,​ unless they're very dirty (just make sure to​ use liquid detergent,​ as​ some powders only dissolve in​ very hot water).

3. Don't use "warm-rinse" cycles.

Many of​ the​ washers on​ the​ market today feature warm-rinse cycles. According to​ experts (yes,​ there really are laundry experts),​ you never need warm water to​ rinse your clothes,​ and you can waste $50+ a​ year on​ this feature.

4. Nice day? Dry your clothes outside.

Hanging a​ clothesline between two trees won't cost you anything beyond the​ initial investment of​ a​ package of​ clothespins from the​ dollar store.

5. Clean the​ lint trap.

Assuming suggestion #4 didn't fly for you,​ and you're sticking to​ your dryer,​ at​ least make sure you clean out the​ lint trap after every load. the​ dryer actually has to​ work harder,​ thus using more energy,​ when the​ trap is​ full.

6. Don't use the​ maximum dryer setting.

Unless you're doing a​ load of​ towels or​ other hard-to-dry items,​ don't use the​ dryer's maximum setting. a​ middle setting (between minimum and maximum) works fine for most clothes. in​ addition,​ it​ saves you pennies a​ load,​ which adds up to​ hundreds of​ dollars over the​ life of​ your dryer.

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