YOUR MONEY: Energy bill savings
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Everyone sees inflated costs everywhere these days. You will definitely notice it during daily household chores.
Consumer Reports explains that there are a few simple, eco-friendly changes you can make to the laundry room to help save you money on your next energy bill.
Experts say using a high-efficiency washer and dryer is one of the most efficient things you can do in terms of reducing energy costs.
An expert explained that front-loading washers deliver on their promise of using the least amount of water and energy to clean your dirty clothes and towels.
If you don’t have a high-efficiency washer and dryer and aren’t planning on spending the extra money on new machines, laundry experts say you can still save energy while using your current set.
Consumer Reports tests found that laundry detergents remove dirt and stains better at lower water temperatures, so you can use cold water for your wash cycles.
Another way to save on energy costs is to air dry your clothes.
If you don’t have the space and ability to line up dry things, you can reduce the amount of energy your dryer uses by increasing your washer’s spin cycle.
Experts say it reduces your dryer’s workload by pulling more water out of clothes, which means less work for your dryer and less wasted energy.
If you find your clothes are more wrinkled when using this cycle, take the time to untangle and shake out your laundry before tossing it in the dryer.
To keep your dryer running as efficiently as possible, remember to clean the lint filter before each load.
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