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How To Cut Your Washer/Dryer Energy Usage

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The washer and dryer are almost as important to a household as the kitchen. Many people cannot imagine doing without them as they struggle to get everything done in their busy lives. Unfortunately, both appliances can add significantly to your utility bills. You can limit this strain on your budget by altering a few home practices and enlisting the help of an electrician, like McCaine Electric Ltd offers Electrical Contracting.


Dryers do use a significant amount of electricity, but you can limit this usage by moving your dryer up against an outside wall. When your dryer is away from the exhaust pipe, it takes a lot more energy to push the hot air through the ducts. Also, those pleated ducts may be easier to maneuver in your laundry room, but they also put more strain on your dryer to push the hot air outside. A dryer with smooth ducts that is placed against an outside wall will help lower your electricity bills. In order to accomplish this move, you may need the services of a qualified electrician to add the proper outlet, 240V in most cases, on this wall. If you want to move your washer next to the dryer, another 120 V outlet may need to be installed. Make certain to have your outlets placed where they are easily reachable. You can generate additional savings if you unplug your washer and dryer when they are not in use. In the long-term, this change will save you money.


With the improvements in laundry detergents and washing machines, it's easier to get your clothes clean in cold water. In fact, you really never need to heat things up, which leads to significant savings in your laundry bill. In fact, a load of laundry washed in cold water costs about $.04 while a load washed in hot water costs $.68, a significant difference that is truly unnecessary. You will also save money by waiting until you have full loads to wash since the electricity usage is the same for every load. Another expert tip is investing  in an energy-saving front-loading washer, which uses about a third less water than top loaders.

Line Drying

Line drying, at least part of the time, will also have you paying out less to the utility companies. Each load of laundry that you dry will use approximately 3.3-kilowatt hours. At 11 cents per kilowatt hour, your load of laundry will cost you at least $.36. That may not seem like much, but over the course of a year, it adds up. Since hanging your laundry does not really take that much time, you may think the several dollars you save each week is well worth the effort. You do not have to forgo using the dryer. You can simply choose to line dry whenever you have the time.

You don't need to give up your washer and dryer to lower your energy bills. You can take a few easy steps to save money without taking up too much of your time. Saving even $20.00 a month can certainly help when you are dealing with a tight budget.