4. Walk the Line
If you’re allowed to install one, a clothesline significantly reduces the energy used to dry your clothes. By having nature’s clothes dryer, the sun, do the work for you, you’ll not only save energy, but also lower your electricity bill.
Clothes dryers operating at high temperatures can sometimes shrink clothing, which reduces its lifespan. The heat can also deteriorate the fibers of your clothing. Opting to dry clothing on a line can help extend its life.
5. Maximize Your Machines
Swapping out your washer and dryer for a new, ENERGY STAR qualified model would make a big difference, but would also be a considerable investment. In the meantime, save water and energy by using your washer and dryer efficiently.
Rather than washing small loads of laundry frequently, try to wait until you can wash full loads. On the flip side, be careful not to over-fill your washer or your clothes won’t circulate enough to get clean. When a smaller load is in order, pay attention to your machine’s water setting to be sure that the appropriate amount of water is being used.
Doing your laundry all at once can also increase dryer efficiency. Keep the transport speedy and your dryer doesn’t have to cool and start from scratch between each use. While you’re at it, remember to clear the lint filter between loads to maximize air circulation and efficiency.