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The Top Ten Ways to Save in the Laundry

When we look at the demands of this tiny room in our household for energy and water it is quite alarming to see how much potential there is for waste.

From selection of appliances for washing and drying for their efficiency in using these precious resources, through to maintenance of fittings and supply, there are great savings to be made.

Just the top ten are suggested here, but there are others you may find as well.

1] Firstly the new battle over which type of washing machine model to choose, top or front loading.

Certainly both have excellent energy efficient ratings and the front loading will be a little more expensive to purchase.

Front loading models however have less demand for water and will spin dry more effectively as well which will reduce drying machine time.

2] Check out models that have sensors to accurately estimate the water usage for the load.

Not only do they mean less water but will use less power during the wash cycle as well.

3] Efficiency ratings for comparable models are available from the US Department of Energy and this independent agency is independent from claims made by the manufacturers.

The best news is that as technology improves, even machines of 5 years ago will not rate highly against the latest models. Head over here to learn how to choose an energy efficient washing machine.

If you are considering a second hand machine this may be a false economy indeed.

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4] Washing machines should be capable of running on a cold water wash for most fabrics.

Water heating for washing clothes is one of the biggest consumers of energy in your household.

There is little advantage to be gained if you choose a cheap model which will only operate on a hot cycle as this will not reduce your heating bill.

5] As for any appliance don't leave the machine on a standby mode.

Generally you will have an alert when the cycle has been completed and this is the time to turn off and get on with drying.

6] Check all taps and fittings for water leaks.

A dripping tap will not only annoy you in the night but over a period of time can waste 100's of liters of water as well. On the same subject look for the potential to recycle the waste water as grey water.

The uses for this in keeping lawns and gardens green are a good way to keep your utility bill down in the height of summer.

7] Only use your washing machine when needed. Both power and water are too scarce to be wasted on just a few towels or clothes so plan your usage effectively.

8] The use of dryers should be as a last resort. The breeze and sun are free and will give you a better finished garment and the sun has a natural anti bacterial effect as well.

Even in winter the use of a small drying rack will save on power in an area that has natural sun or is already heated.

9] Before using a dryer make sure the clothes have been well spun out first.

There is no point in trying to remove water during the drying process. Make sure your dryer is vented to the outside as well as it is much harder to heat a damp household!

10] Make sure your dryer has an efficiency setting that is accurate for the fabric you are drying.

Another good tip is to clean the filter on a regular basis as a blocked filter will seriously delay the drying time.

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As I said at the beginning, these are just a few hints to prevent the laundry being a drain on your wallet!

Are you looking for a means to heat your own water that is environmentally friendly and easy? Try the guide by Green DIY Energy: