Washing machines with an ENERGY RATING typically use half the power and half the water of an older standard washing machine. To be more cost effective washing your clothes in cold water only is more cost efficient since warm water requires heating.
About 90% of the energy used to wash your clothes in warm water just goes to heating the water.
Washing your clothes when you have a full load will give you the best bang for your buck since the washer will be operating at its most efficient level. If you don’t have a full load a washer with selector dial will allow you chose the size of load you have and will conserve water by not filling the washing drum to full capacity.
Dryers in the past few years have started carrying the ENERGY RATING so if you’re looking to upgrade your old unit make sure to find one that meets the ENERGY RATING standards. A non-collapsible dryer vent that allows exhaust to escape freely will consume less energy.
Clean lint traps before and after drying. If you try and dry clothes with a dirty or clogged lint trap not only do you use more energy to dry the clothes you also risk the chance of having a fire break out. To help conserve energy you can throw in a clean dry towel or even a tennis ball which will help absorb moisture and reduce the chances of your clothes getting wrinkled.
Gray Water Systems
This type of system recycles water from your sink, washer, and tub. The water can then be used to water your lawn, garden, or plants. Depending on your city or state ordinances there will be variations on the ability to install these systems. No Gray Water Systems are hooked up to toilet lines or any plumbing lines that comes in contact with fecal matter for obvious reasons.
Clothes Line / Drying Rack
Installing a clothes line or drying rack is a great way to go green and there is nothing more natural than using the sun to dry your clothes on the line or hanging them on the rack to air dry. This cuts the cost of energy needed to heat and dry them as well as the cost of having to buy fabric softeners which have the potential to be harmful to the environment. Many dryer sheets contain toluene and styrene which can break down the fibers of your clothes and have been linked with neurotoxins.
Hand Washing Basin Sink
Adding a basin sink where you can hand wash your clothes is an extremely efficient energy saver and doesn’t harm the environment. This gives you the ability to only wash as little or as much clothes as you choose to wash by hand. The only energy hand washing requires is the energy generated by you.