Spin Cycle Energy Savings

March 13, 2024On average, Americans do approximately 300 loads of laundry per year which equates to nearly six loads per week! Although washing and drying loads of laundry is just one of the power devourers in your home, every bit counts when it comes to saving money. The following tips can help you save electricity from the spin cycle on your washer to the buzzer on your dryer!

  • Wash full loads of laundry, but be careful not to overload your washing machine.
  • Use cold water to wash your clothes whenever possible. If you must, use warm water but try to avoid using hot water unless completely necessary.
  • Presoak heavily soiled items to avoid having to wash items twice, or invest in the quality laundry detergent to eliminate the need to presoak.
  • Use a clothesline when possible. Air is FREE!
  • Use the automatic dry cycle. Over drying wastes electricity and can diminish the quality of your clothes over time.
  • Remove and clean the lint screen from your dryer after every load. Lint buildup hinders airflow in your dryer causing the machine to use more energy.
  • Check the outside exhaust of your clothes dryer regularly. A clogged exhaust can extend the time it takes to dry your clothes while wasting electricity.
  • Invest in an ENERGY STAR® washer and dryer which use less electricity than other models without foregoing any of the reliability of other washers and dryers.

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