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5 Energy-Efficient Ways To Do Laundry

dryer vent full of lint taken out of dryerYour hamper is filled to the brim, you have no more clean socks and it’s officially time to do laundry. But you can’t stand taking time out of your day to complete the chore and besides, it uses lots of energy. We’ve all been there and we completely understand how you feel. However, you can’t go another day wearing the same shirt so it’s time to get in the laundry room and take care of business.

When it comes to doing laundry, there are a few things you can do to save energy. Try these tips out the next time you’ve got a full load and pay attention to your energy bills over the next couple of months:

  • Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents if possible. It takes lots of energy to heat the water up when you select warm-water options.
  • Dry towels, sheets and heavier cottons separate from light-weight clothes.
  • Be mindful not to overdry your clothes. Not only can overdrying lead to shrinkage, it’s a waste of energy.
  • Always clean out the lint screen and check your dryer vent a few times per year to make sure it’s not clogged.
  • Consider upgrading to a high-efficiency (HE) machine. If you have a front-loading washer or a high-efficiency top loader, be sure to use HE detergent.

Bonus Tip: wait until you have a full load to do laundry. It’s quite alright to wear a pair of jeans 2-3 times before washing them and the same principle is true for lots of different clothing options.

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