Laundry may be the one daily chore nobody wants to think much about.
However, two of the larger energy consuming appliances in your home
are in the laundry room. The clothes washer uses both energy and
water, especially if you wash in hot water. The clothes dryer is a
large heater blowing hot air through your wet clothes. The water
heater accounts for 13% of the average US home's annual utility bill.
Of that up to 26% can be due to washing clothes. Therefore, about 3.4%
of your utility bill is for heating the water to wash your clothes.
Read the following tips to stop wasting money from your clothes washer
Wash in the lowest needed temperature and rinse in cold water. Most of
the energy used for the clothes washer is consumed at the water
heater, about 80 to 90%. Top load washers have tubs which can use 45
to 60 gallons of water per load. Front end washers use only about
17-26 gallons. If hot water is selected on the washer, then most of
the above water comes from your water heater. Using the lowest water
temperature is the best action to reduce energy consumption of your
Fill tub completely. If this is not possible, then adjust water level
to the load. Waiting until there is enough dirty clothes for a full
load will minimize the time the washer is used. However, overloading
the washer may prevent sufficient cleaning of all the clothes. In the
few cases some clothes must be washed, adjust the water level.
Use gentle cycle when possible. The washer also has an electric motor
to spin the tub (drum) and agitator. Less energy is needed for a
gentle agitation. Energy Star qualified front end washers do not have
When buying a new washer, consider front end washers that are Energy
Star qualified. Front end washers use less water and energy than top
load washers. Energy Star qualified washers use over 40% less energy
and water. Even if a washer is Energy Star qualified, energy use can
vary between models and manufacturers. Always compare the yellow
EnergyGuide tag posted on the appliance.
Dry your clothes outside on a clothesline. The clothes dryer has an
electric or gas heater to dry the clothes. These heaters can be quite
large, requiring a 240 volt connection in the US for electric heaters.
Most of the energy used by the dryer goes into the heater. There is a
fan to pull air through the drying clothes and out through a vent; and
a motor turns the drum. The energy used by the clothes dryer is
similar between models and manufacturers. Since there is little that
can be done to reduce energy, they are not required to display
EnergyGuide tags and are not included in Energy Star requirements. To
save energy run time must be reduced. The greatest reduction in run
time comes from drying clothes outside; let the sun do the work. Some
homeowner associations do not allow or restrict the use of
clotheslines. Clean lint filter after every load. Lint in the filter
slows the airflow and results in longer time to dry clothes. Make sure
entire vent to the outside is clear of lint.
Using spin dry features of the washer saves drying time. Spinning your
clothes in the washer pulls water from your clothes by means of
centrifugal force. This uses less energy than the heater in your
dryer. Energy star qualified washers spin clothes two to three times
faster. More water is extracted which reduces dryer run time.
Do not over dry clothes. This runs your dryer longer than needed,
wasting energy. When buying a new dryer, consider one with a moisture
Do not forget other devices that use energy. The use of the clothes
iron is declining in our fast pace permanent press world but they do
use energy when used. Irons can pull 1000 to 1800 watts. Use irons
only when needed and make sure you do not leave it on. A sink may be
used to aid in stain removal. Any use of hot water will use energy at
the water heater.
To summarize, the major factor in energy use of clothes washers is
water temperature. Try using warm water instead of hot water. Use cold
water for colors and delicates. Rinsing can be with cold water. There
is no advantage to rinse with warm or hot water. There is little
control over the heat used by the clothes dryer; simply, do not run
the dryer when it is not needed. These efforts will stop wasting
energy when you do laundry.
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