Laundry rooms can use a lot of energy and with skyrocketing energy prices, it is important to know how to save energy in the laundry room. Conserving energy used in the laundry room lowers your bills and reduces the strain on the environment. There are several practices for easily reducing the amount of energy you use.
90 percent of the energy used in laundry is used to heat the water, according to Energy Savers. Washing lightly soiled clothing in warm or cold water saves energy. In fact, hot water usually isn't necessary unless your clothes are heavily soiled or stained with oils. Using detergent formulated for cold water may clean your clothes more effectively.
Save energy by line-drying or air-drying your laundry whenever possible. Air-drying also reduces the wear on your clothing. If you use a dryer, dry similar fabrics together and remove them as soon as they are dry. Over drying laundry damages your clothes and wastes energy.
Wash full loads instead of partial loads, which use almost as much energy as full loads. If you wash partial loads, adjust your appliance settings accordingly. Whenever possible, wash several loads at one time. The washer and dryer use less energy to produce heat once they have already heated up.
Purchasing an energy-efficient washer and dryer may decrease your energy bills enough to make up the investment. If you're looking for a new washer and dryer, look for an ENERGY STAR washer. ENERGY STAR does not rate dryers, but choosing a dryer that shuts off automatically once your clothes are dry will save energy.