Short- and Long-Term Ways To Save Energy Doing Laundry


Whether you like to get it done early in the morning, or you like to throw in a few loads before bed laundry can be a real hassle. Some of us try to put it off altogether but it’s something that MUST be done, so why not save some energy in the process? Believe it or not, there are both short- and long-term changes you can make that’ll keep your clothes clean and your wallet full.


Short-Term Laundry Tips:

  • Using hot water requires much more energy than cold water and contrary to popular belief, cold water will get your clothes just as clean.
  • Wait until you have a full load to put it in the washing machine or dryer. Doing multiple smaller loads compared to fewer larger loads is a waste of time and energy.
  • Use your dryer’s moisture sensor if it has one. There’s no need to overdry your clothes - it just uses more energy and can cause your clothes to shrink.
  • Clean the lint screen after each use. This will improve air circulation and reduce the risk of a fire.
  • Air-dry your clothes whenever possible. Not only will it help you save energy, it’s actually recommended by clothing manufacturers for certain fabrics.

Long-Term Laundry Tips:

  • Look for the ENERGY-STAR label when shopping for new appliances.
  • Some models use 35% less water and use 20% less energy than standard machines.
  • Look for a dryer with a moisture sensor so that it automatically turns off when your clothes are dry.
  • Consider purchasing a drying rack to air-dry clothes. Although the process may take a bit longer, it’ll save you lots in the long run.

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About The Author

Bill earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and Architecture, then founded Generation 3 Electric in 2000. His father, an electrician, was his inspiration. These days, Bill actively manages his company and enjoys focusing on new technology and marketing.