Everyone would like to save some extra money, especially if it’s saving that can be done with little effort. There are a number of easy steps that anyone can take when they are washing their clothes that can help reduce the cost associated with doing so.
This site takes a look at simple steps you can take to reduce the costs of washing your clothes. Read through the various tips and try those that you aren’t currently doing. Keep those that work for you and you will see the amount of money that is spent on washing you clothes decrease.
A fact that many people don’t realize is that it’s not electricity which costs the most money when using a washing machine. While your washing machine does use electricity to run, it’s the cost of heating the water (85-90% of the energy used) that goes into the washer which uses the most money when operating the washing machine.
That means that if you can find ways to reduce the costs associated with heating your water, you will also reduce the cost of running your washing machine. Before you even think about doing a load of laundry, you want to try and do these steps:
- Locate your washing machine as close to the hot water tank as possible. The shorter distance, the less amount of heat loss in the pipes.
- Insulate any exposed pipes from the hot water heater to the washing machine.
- Set your hot-water heater thermostat to 120 degrees F. A 10 degree F reduction in water temperature will cut the cost of washing a hot wash cycle by over 10%.
There are also a number of steps you can take to reduce the cost of using the washer.
In addition to the washer tips here, you can also learn about dryer tips that can also help you save money.