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    Eco-Friendly Laundry: Making your Laundry Cycles More Energy-Efficient

    May 11, 2018

    For being something that we do quite frequently, we’re not too great at optimizing our laundry cycles to be more energy-efficient, and it doesn’t make a ton of sense. Gallons and gallons of water are being pumped into these machines, and then we throw those clothes into another machine that fries them with heat for — if we’re being honest — far longer than they need. All that adds up to entirely too much money spent on energy and water bills!

    However, all is not lost. You can save plenty of money by utilizing a few easy and effective tips on making your laundry cycles more energy-efficient. What ways, you might ask? Well, let the professionals at Electric Today help you out! These tips can help you pocket those precious few extra bucks every month, and over time that savings can add up. To help maximize the various appliances or pieces of equipment in your home to make everything more energy-efficient, give us a call!

    Washing Machine

    • Use Cold Water: With the progression of detergent and cleaning solution in laundry, we no longer need to use hot water to achieve the same cleansing effects with clothes that we normally would. Cold water works just as well, and by using it you’ll save on the energy it would usually take to heat all that water.
    • Lower the Water Heater Temperature: If you do decide to stick with using hot water when washing your laundry, go crank down the temperature of the water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll save anywhere from $20 to $100 a year on your energy bill!
    • Switch from a top-loading machine to a front-loader: Although top-loader washing machines are more common (or at least seem that way), they’re much more inefficient. Top-loaders use significantly more water than front-loading machines do, and the spinning cycles that front-loaders perform are much better at effectively performing the job with a lesser amount of water than top-loading machines are.

    Drying

    • Shorten the Drying Cycle: More often than not, we overestimate the amount of time we think we need to dry our clothes, wasting energy we definitely didn’t need to use to… super-dry everything. Instead of guessing too high, start lower, at 40 minutes. If the clothes still aren’t dry, work your way up in 10-minute increments until they’re fluffy and warm.
    • Consider Line-Drying: Although it’s more old-fashioned and will take longer, you’ll save 100 percent of the money you spend on drying your clothes by letting nature take care of it. That’s not something everyone can afford to do, but it’s a foolproof way to be efficient and save money.

    One tip that isn’t exclusive to washing or drying is to use full loads with each cycle, maximizing the usage you get out of it. Instead of washing or drying in smaller bundles, waiting until you can fill it up will ensure you spend less money and time doing laundry by knocking it all out in one swing.

    Hopefully these tips will help you and your family become more energy-efficient with a task you perform all the time! By implementing even a few of them, you’ll begin to notice the savings pile up as the days fly by and wonder why you didn’t take advantage of them earlier. Electric Today has all the tools and expertise to optimize your appliances, so give us a call at 813-653-4221 and schedule an appointment today!