Reducing Energy Use in the Laundry Room

These simple tips can help you save energy and money while cleaning your laundry:

  • If you have time, opt to air-dry big, bulky items rather than drying them in the clothes dryer.  These tend to take longer to dry, adding to your energy consumption.
  • Washing clothes in hot water with a warm rinse can cost you five to 10 times more than washing and rinsing clothes in cold water, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
  • When was the last time you cleaned your dryer’s lint screen? Remember to do so after every load to help maximize the efficiency of your clothes dryer.
  • Inspect the gasket or seal around the door on your dryer. If it’s loose or brittle, it could allow heat to escape, reducing the efficiency of the appliance.