How To Save Money On Your Laundry
Unless we’re rich enough to have someone do it for us, laundry is something we all have to do. Most people hate doing it but it does have a huge impact on both your fuel bills and energy consumption.
Read on for some tips on being energy efficient when doing your laundry.
Buy Energy Efficient Machines
Older machines use a lot of energy and aren’t as sophisticated as the washers and dryers we use today. These are designed with how to save energy in mind and can wash with less power and less water.
So if you’re using very old machines, send them to recycling and buy some energy-efficient ones instead.
Wash At Colder Temperatures
We’re all so conscious of germs and dirt these days, that we tend to practically boil our laundry to get it clean. It doesn’t always have to be this way. If you’re clothes and linens aren’t heavily soiled, then washing at lower temperatures is kinder to the environment and better for your clothes. If you’re worried you’re not washing at a temperature to kill germs and allergens, you can get an inexpensive anti-bacterial detergent to add to your wash.
Find Alternative Ways To Dry Clothes
Running a dryer can cost a lot of money but there are other ways to dry clothes. Buying a clothes airer, or special racks that fit over your radiators. If you have outside space, then you can buy washing lines that take advantage of the fresh air and sunshine to dry your clothes for you.
Don’t Wash Just A Few Items
Modern washers are programmed with a lot of great, energy-saving cycles, but overall, it’s best to ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth by washing a full drum of clothes each time.
Service Your Machine Regularly
Over time, your washing machine will likely build up limescale, detergent and other nasties that can make your clothes smell bad and your washing machine run inefficiently. If left, this could eventually damage your machine, causing a costly repair bill or replacement.
To prevent this from happening, buy a service kit. This is usually a specialist cleaner that you add to your machine before running a hot cycle. It works to break down the buildup you can’t see within your machine. There are also many different ways to do this with a few home cupboard staples such as white vinegar or soap crystals.
If it’s been years since you did any maintenance on your washer, then it makes sense to call a repair company to come and service it for you. This will drastically extend the life of your machine.
With most people concerned about the rising cost of living, finding ways to save energy and money is becoming a top priority. A large proportion of our energy usage is spent on washing and drying clothes. That’s why a few small changes in this area can make a big difference overall. Reducing energy use is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment too.
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