When you do an audit of your home energy usage, you will eventually come to your laundry room. Two of the largest energy users are found in this room, especially if you have young children who love to play in the mud or have one of those jobs that you just can’t avoid getting dirty.

There are ways to reduce your energy use however and save yourself a bit of money.

  1. With time of use metres in Ontario, we can save a lot of money by waiting until after hours. A great way to do this is to use your timer, though this will use a bit of energy on standby.
  2. Make sure it’s full. The washing machine will use the same amount of energy regardless of the load volume.
  3. Cold water detergent – Your hot water tank uses a lot of energy to get the water temperature up. If you can use cold water for even a portion of your loads then there will be a savings.
  4. Group the heavy-weights together so you don’t waste energy over-drying items that won’t take as long.
  5. Use dryer balls. These little inventions will separate your clothing and make the load dry faster.

Many new laundry machines have sensors to make them more efficient. That doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of these surefire ways to save money.