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Easy tips to use your clothes washer efficiently

Clothes washers and dryers make up about 25% of the electricity used in most homes. There are very few people that will go back to washing with soap and boards so its best to learn how to use your washer efficiently.

The Facts

  • As much as 90% of the energy used in a clothes washer goes into heating the water.
  • You can save money by using the right type of soap while washing your clothes. Most detergents can clean soiled garments with cold water. This greatly reduces the amount of energy used in your washer.
  • Each washing cycle can use between 32-59 GALLONS of water. Try to use your washer as sparingly as you can to lower your water and electric bill.

Energy Saving Tips

  • Try to use cold water and rinse cycles. These cycles give just as good results as hot water wash and warm rinse and you will be cutting your use of energy by half.
  • Use cold-water detergents.
  • Remember to set your water levels. Forgetting to do so can waste a lot of water and energy on smaller loads.
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.
  • You can find Energy Star washers at most retail sites. These washers consume 18-25 gallons or water per load compared to the 32-59 gallons of a standard washer.
  • Using the “Delicate” setting on your washer saves energy cause the motor doesn’t have to work as hard as it would on the “regular” setting.
  • Wash and dry full loads.
  • Don't over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it.

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