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The Energy Guide

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The Laundry Room

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Location: The Laundry Room
Mission: Save energy with the washer and dryer.

According to the Department of Energy, almost 85% of the electricity used for washing clothes goes toward heating water. Wash in cold water whenever possible to save electricity. Even switching from hot water to warm water can save almost half the electricity, but for most loads, cold water will work fine. Using cold water can also reduce color fading on your favorite shirt!

When washing, sort colors and wash full loads instead of several small loads.

If you have to wash a load that isn't full, make sure the water setting matches your load size. Don't use the "large" setting for a small load of clothes.

When possible, run the washer and dryer at night. These units generate heat as they run, which means the air conditioner will have to work harder. Since it is naturally cooler at night, the air conditioner will not have to work as hard. During winter, the extra heat generated by the machines will help keep the house warmer.

Hang your clothes to dry them when possible. Doing so will save electricity and make your garments last longer.

When drying, dry full loads instead of several small loads.

Clean the lint filter after each use to maintain good airflow in the dryer and shorten drying time.

The dryer puts off heat as it dries your clothes. In the summer time, keep the laundry room door closed to prevent the dryer from heating the rest of your house. Keep the door to the laundry room open in cooler months to let the warm air from the dryer into the rest of your house; this will make your heater not have to work as hard.

Don't over-dry your clothes. Over-drying wastes electricity and wears out your garments more quickly. .

Clean the dryer vent on the outside of the house regularly. Keeping the vent clean allows it to open and close properly. It must be able to open and let out air from the dryer, but still able to close when the dryer is not in use so that it can keep out cold air and bugs.






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