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How to Save in the Laundry Room

Woman folding laundry in her laundry room

The laundry room is probably one of the smallest rooms in your house, but it makes a big impact on your electricity bill. The average American family washes more than 400 loads of laundry, which puts your electricity bill through the ringer. Want to save? Try these tips.


  • Wash your clothes in cold water. About 90 percent of the energy used by your washer comes from water heating, so you’ll save a load if you wash with cold water.


  • Wash full loads of laundry. A large load uses just as much energy as a small load. Get more bang for your buck by filling up your machine.


  • Use the highest spin-cycle. Using the fastest spin cycle on your washer reduces moisture in your clothes and can reduce drying time by 50 percent.


  • Upgrade to an ENERGY STAR washer. They use 35 percent less water and 20 percent less energy than a standard model.


  • Clean your dryer’s lint screen. Cleaning the screen after every load will improve your dryer’s circulation, improve efficiency and prevent fire hazards.


  • Don’t over dry your clothes. If your dryer has a moisture sensor use it. There’s no point in keeping your dryer running if the clothes are no longer wet.

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