Saving money on your energy bills starts in your laundry room.
Stop wasting water and energy on small loads of clothes. Wash smart, which means only wash full loads of clothes. Use cold water whenever possible, and this will save you 2 to 4 % on your energy costs. You’ll also spend less time doing laundry! Plus, none of your clothes will shrink or get faded. Many people think they have to use warm or hot water to get rid of tough stains. You don’t! Think about it this way. Every time you turn the water temperature dial on your washing machine to warm, you might as well start writing a check to the energy company. When you wash full loads of clothes in cold water, you will save a lot of money on your energy bill. This avoids the extra electricity or natural gas expense of water heating altogether.
Because so many people are looking for ways to save on their energy bills, a slew of cold water detergents designed to enhance the effectiveness of cold water washing in both traditional and high-efficiency machines, are now available. Experts say, cold water washing has many benefits. It lengthens the life of garments and lowers electric bills.
Keep in mind that powdered detergent has a harder time dissolving in cold water. If you have noticed this problem, switch to a liquid.
Another water and energy saving idea is to set the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees and this easy switch will save you up to 10 percent on your water heating costs. Setting the thermostat to a lower temperature reduces the heat, (energy) required to keep the water hot. At 120 degrees you shouldn’t notice a difference in the heat of your hot water, but you will notice a difference in your electricity bill.