Energy Saving Tips

The bulk of a washing machine's operating costs is around 90%. Energy goes
toward replacing the hot water in the home's hot water tank. Reduce the amount
of hot water the appliance uses, and you'll significantly shrink its associated
utility bills. By washing fewer loads and doing those loads in cooler water, you
can save around $200 per year.

1. Use cold water. Switching from hot wash to cold, according Michael Bluejay, also known
as Mr. Electricity, who specializes in electricity savings, can shave up to $215 per year off
your electric bill. If you have a high-efficiency washer or gas-fueled water heater, assume
savings of about half that figure. Cold washes are generally as effective in getting clothes
clean as hot.

Only wash full loads. Discounting the energy required to heat the water, it costs around
$60 per year in electricity to run the washer, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Because it takes just as much electricity to wash a small load as it does a full one, you'll
save money by only washing full loads. By reducing the number of overall loads by one-
quarter, you can save $15 a year.

Clothes dryer

Because it's essentially a "toaster with a fan," says Amanda Korane of The American
Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a nonprofit focused on advancing energy
efficiency, the clothes dryer is a difficult appliance to make green. But that doesn't mean
there aren't ways to lessen its impact on your utility bill to the tune of about $80 per year.

Spin it faster. Good dryer efficiency starts in the clothes washer. Setting the maximum
spin speed in the washer will reduce the amount of time—and energy—it takes to get
clothes dry. Many of today's high-speed washer spin cycles can cut dry times by as much
as half compared with older models. If an average electric clothes dryer costs about $80
per year to operate, according to the DOE, savings can approach the $40 mark.

Clean lint filter and exhaust. Dryers have to work harder and longer to dry clothes
when air doesn't freely flow. Cleaning the lint filter before every use and doing the same
for the exhaust line once a year will help maintain maximum efficiency. Also, check that
the duct hose is free from tight bends and obstructions. These small chores not only will
save a few bucks per year, they will reduce the risk of fire.

Activate energy-saving features. If the dryer has an automated moisture-sensing
device, use it. Setting the timer can cause the dryer to run longer than necessary. But a
moisture sensor will automatically shut off the machine when it senses clothes are dry.
This feature can save $8 to $12 a year.  

Dry like with like. Lighter items, such as T-shirts and blouses, dry much quicker than
heavy items like towels and blankets. Therefore, when these items are combined in the
same load, some of the clothes continue to tumble long after they're dry. This extends the
dry time of the bulkier items, in turn wasting a few bucks every month.

Skip it. Every load in the dryer costs around $0.35, according to Bluejay. Hanging
clothing to dry on a line outside or rack inside costs nothing. Racks run about $25 to $90
at online retailers. So, by giving the dryer a break even occasionally, savings can add up.
Not only will the practice reduce utility bills, it will help extend the life of both the clothes
and the appliance (Tips source,remax leadsreet).