…on efficiency in the laundry room.
It’s a place we often use without realizing how many simple things can be done to reduce our energy consumption and save money. Here are a few useful tips that can save you up to hundreds of dollars on energy in the laundry room per year.
The first tip is an old one but a good one. Using a clothes line on a bright sunny day alleviates the need to use your dryer altogether. The cheapest form of energy is the energy we don’t use, after all, and since most typical dryers use an estimated 1000 kWh of energy per year, which is around $140, that’s a lot of potential savings. Drying your clothes on a close line allows you to save money while enjoying a beautiful sunny spring, summer or fall day outside. Even better, there’s nothing like the smell of fresh laundry off the line.
Secondly, check out the lighting of the laundry room itself. LED directional lighting is great because it not only provides you clearer, brighter lighting for detecting stains, folding and ironing, but LED technology is up to 80% more efficient than conventional lighting and lasts up to 25 years! LED’s are easy to install and look great. By using LED directional lighting you can save around $6 a year per lamp on your power bill.
A new, energy star qualified front loading clothes washer uses about a quarter as much energy as a top loading machine built just a decade ago. These same energy star washers use 35-40% less water than even Energy star washers made before 2007!. A big reason why they’re efficient is due to the configuration of the drum. By mounting the drum horizontally, less water is needed to cover the clothes, and the drum gently tosses them to clean. Top-load agitating washers, however, need the entire drum to be full of water (even for small loads) and the clothes cleaned as they are rotated around the agitator.
In addition, front load washers are able to spin faster which allows more water to be rung out before they get put into the dryer, which translates into less drying time needed. They’re also known to be gentler on your clothing – allowing your clothes to last longer and help you look your best.
Another great way to save in the laundry room is by washing in cold water. In fact, just switching to warm water instead of hot can save 50% on energy use! It takes a lot of energy to heat up water in general so, like clotheslines, not using this energy at all is the best way to save. Using cold water has no adverse effects on the cleanliness of your clothes – in fact most fabrics fade less and last longer when washed in cold water and hung to dry. There are detergents available which are specially made to be used in cold water, or better yet, you can use detergents that are biodegradable which is better for the environment.
If you’re a real keener, be sure to check around your dryer ventilation for air leakage. It’s typical for drafts to come through there, and also through windows. The only way to know for sure, however, is to book an Efficiency Nova Scotia Home Energy Assessment.
For more energy savings tips in the laundry room, and the rest of the home, visit efficiencyns.ca