Opening your monthly utility bills can be scary depending on the season. Household bills can quickly add up, especially if you don’t know how to reduce your energy usage. Most homeowners know to turn off the lights when leaving a room or to shut off the faucet while brushing teeth or doing dishes to avoid wasting water. These are good habits to practice, but for even more impact on your energy bill, check out these five energy-saving tips.
1. Make energy-smart choices when doing laundry.
Washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot water comes with several benefits. For instance, cold water is gentler on your clothes and your energy bill. It takes a lot of energy to heat water for multiple loads of laundry. Using cold or lukewarm water greatly reduces your energy usage.
Running the high speed or extended spin cycle on your washing machine will also remove as much moisture as possible from your laundry, requiring less time in the dryer, thus reducing energy usage. And remember, always run a full load of laundry, and adjust the load size setting to reflect small, medium, or large loads. Using the right load size setting ensures you’re not using an excessive amount of water for each load.