Laundry- How to Keep it Earth and Wallet Friendly! April 17 2015
One of the most common misconceptions is that you need hot water to properly clean your clothes. Heating water for laundry is one of the largest consumptions of energy in a typical home. Fact- your clothes will be just as clean if you wash them in cold water! There are so many cold water detergents available today that are just as efficient as traditional detergents, which are full of harsh chemicals and require hot water to do the job right. The cost is about the same, and they reduce energy consumption by over 75%!
In particular, detergents like No Sweat’s sports wash that use natural enzyme technology will be just as efficient in cold water, while using less energy and therefore costing you less every month. Boom- one bill reduced! Who knew it was that easy. Not only will switching to cold water for all your laundry cost you less, but using a natural, cold water detergent in conjunction will reduce carbon dioxide emissions significantly and be much kinder to our earth and waterways.
Want to cut your costs (and ecological footprint) even further? Forget the dryer! Hanging your clothes to dry not only saves energy, but it extends the lifespan of your clothing as it’s far gentler on the fibers. This will save you money long term as well, as your clothes will last longer and reduce the need for new items. In a crunch for time? Dry your clothes partially and take them out while slightly damp. Air drying them at this point reduces the need for ironing as well, which can further cut energy costs.
Other energy efficient laundry tips:
- When possible, hand-wash clothing to save a load here and there. This is even gentler on the clothing (particularly delicates) and will save money by reducing energy use and make your clothing last longer.
- Do full loads! Don’t waste energy on a partially full load of laundry. Wait until you have a full load before doing your laundry.
- Keep an eye on your cycle times. If your clothes are gently worn and not heavily soiled, they need less time than those that are dirtier. Try to separate these items to save time on various loads.
- If you must use the dryer, try to separate lighter clothing items from heavier ones. A tank top and some undergarments will take far less time to dry than a pair of heavy jeans.