Even if you’re not buying eco-friendly products, you can do your part to help save the environment just by saving water and energy when doing your laundry. Every little bit counts when it seems like you have to do these chores!
First, look for an ENERGY STAR washer and dryer next time you’re in the market for a new set. According to ENERGY STAR, having a certified washer can save you $490 over the lifetime of an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer and more with a washer/dryer pair. If you have a problem with your washer, make sure to contact a professional plumber. This could extend the life of it even further.
A second way to save energy is to use cold water when you’re washing clothes. Using hot water takes more energy to heat the water. You might want to still use hot water when you’re washing white clothes, but when you’re washing loads of dark or colored clothes, you won’t notice a difference. Using cold water in laundry loads would extend the lifetime on your clothes as well.
The third way to save energy and water is to make sure you always do a full load of laundry. Even if your washer is newer and has a built-in sensor to automate partially filling loads of water, it still must run through a whole washing cycle. This means that while it might be saving water, you’re running the washing machine for just as much time as if you had washed a full load. You’ll also likely still have another load of laundry to do later, which means just having to run it again anyway. It’s both easier on you and more efficient to wash full loads.By making these small changes to your laundry routine, you can begin to do your part to save on your utility bills and the environment. If you’re in need of maintenance and service on your washing machine or water pipes, or you’d like more information on how an upgrade may be right for you, call us today!