Laundry can be a daunting chore. It seemingly never ends. Since the average household requires at least a few loads per week, it’s worth taking a closer look and finding ways you can save on your laundry-related electricity costs.

If you’re in the market for a new washer, there are efficient options available that will help you save over the lifetime of the unit. If you want to hang on to your current machine, there are still plenty of ways to save energy and money:

  1. Wash with cold water. Using warm water instead of hot can cut a load’s energy use in half, and using cold water saves even more. Cold water detergents are helpful to ensure items get clean. Be sure to use high-efficiency detergents when required by the manufacturer.
  2. Wash full loads. You washer uses approximately the same amount of energy no matter the size of the load.
  3. Dry right-sized loads for your machine. If your dryer is too full, it will take longer and use more energy for your clothes to dry. Loads that are too small also can take longer to dry, plus you spend more per item when running the dryer for only a few things.
  4. Air dry when you can. Spring is around the corner and warmer weather you can hang laundry outside or use a drying rack to avoid powering up the dryer.
  5. Clean the lint filter on your dryer. The dryer will run more efficiently and safely.