Let’s face it – we spend a lot of time in the laundry room. So, why not cut back on the amount of energy we use in the process? Trying these useful tips can make your laundry days more eco-friendly
Use cold water
Did you know about 90% of the energy used during your wash cycles is from heating water? Instead, reduce the amount of energy you waste by washing your fabrics with cold water and cold-water detergents. Don’t limit your cold washes to dark jeans and vibrant shirts. With the correct detergent, the use of cold water is always acceptable!
Separate your clothing by more than color
Lightweight items like t-shirts, undergarments and washcloths take a short amount time to dry, while heavier fabrics like jeans, jackets and rugs don’t. Instead of throwing the entire load into the dryer, consider separating your items to cut down on the amount time for each cycle. Fun Fact: Add a bath towel to your dryer to help absorb the moisture and speed up drying.
While hanging your garments on a clothesline might not be your ideal method, it’s a great way to steer clear of using electrical energy to dry your items. No clothesline? No problem! Try hanging your damp clothes on the back of your kitchen chairs or over your balcony. Air drying also decreases the chances of your clothes shrinking and fading!
If you’re washing more than one load, be aware of the time spent between cycles. Once one load finishes drying, throw in the next batch. Every minute you waste causes the dryer to lose its heat, making the next round take longer.
Clean the filters
You know those dusty lint screens in the dryer that you forget about? Be sure to clean them after every load to help improve circulation and efficiency.
Don’t forget to keep you major appliances, including your washer and dryer protected with a SIMPLR Protection Plan that fits you!