Money Tip Monday: How To Save While Doing Laundry

Doing laundry.  It’s a fact of life, especially if we want clean clothes.  It can also be one of the largest sources of electrical or other utility expenses for your home.  It doesn’t have to be that way though.  Consumers Energy provides some good common sense tips to help a little bit in your bid to save on energy:

  1. Run full loads. You’ll save energy and water by reducing cycles.

  2. Clean the lint filter in your dryer before each load to improve air circulation.

  3. Inspect and clean the dryer vent periodically. Better air flow means more efficient drying.

  4. Hang laundry to dry. Hang clothes outside to dry on nice days, or hang them inside when the weather is not so nice.

  5. Use ENERGY STAR® rated washers and dryers. They use less energy and water than standard models. Consumers Energy (as well as other energy companies) can offer rebates up to $50 for an ENERGY STAR washing machine.