Laundry Tips

Here are some tips to help you save money:

  • Locate the dryer in a heated space so it doesn't have to work as hard.

  • Use the straightest and shortest metal duct available to you.

  • Replace the outside dryer exhaust vent if it doesn't close.

  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.

  • Dry similar types of clothes together to reduce energy use.

  • Dry two or more loads in a row, taking advantage of the dryer's retained heat.

  • Use hot water only for very dirty loads.

  • Always use cold water during the rinse cycle to cut a load's energy use in half.

  • Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents when-ever possible.

  • Wash and dry only full loads of clothes, and set the water level appropriately.

  • Use the right amount of detergent to avoid having to wash or rinse the load again.

  • Select the best cycle for the soil level to prevent over washing clothes and inefficient use of the appliance.

  • Presoak or use a soak cycle when washing heavily soiled garments to avoid two washings and save energy.

  • About 80% to 85% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water. There are two ways to reduce the amount of energy used for washing clothes-use less water and use cooler water. Unless you're dealing with oily stains, the warm or cold water setting on your machine will generally do a good job of cleaning your clothes. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load's energy use in half.

  • Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.

  • Don't over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it.

  • Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the residual heat in the dryer.

  • Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire. Manufacturers recommend using rigid venting material, not plastic vents that may collapse and cause blockages.

  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® and Energy Guide labels.

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