Laundry Tips to Save Energy

Laundry Tips to Save Energy 150 150 Maddy Fritz

Here are some additional enhanced tips for a more environmentally friendly laundry routine while on Fire Island:

  1. Opt for Cold Water: Consider exclusively using cold water for your laundry. Studies indicate that more than 80% of a washing machine’s energy consumption is attributed to heating water. With modern detergents, cold water is just as effective, saving both electricity costs and reducing microplastic shedding from your clothes, which can harm aquatic ecosystems.
  2. Wash Strategically: Challenge the habit of washing clothes after each wear. Washing less frequently not only conserves water and energy but also extends the lifespan of your garments. Reserve laundry for items that genuinely need it.
  3. Target Stains Efficiently: Treat stains separately before washing to minimize the need for excessive detergent. This targeted approach not only removes stains effectively but also reduces chemical usage in the washing cycle.
  4. Minimize Detergent Use: Cut down on detergent usage to lessen chemical runoff into water systems. Many modern detergents are highly concentrated, requiring smaller amounts for the same cleaning power. Opt for eco-friendly and biodegradable options whenever possible. (See EPA’s “Safer Choice” program)
  5. Dryer Efficiency: Ensure your dryer operates efficiently by avoiding overloading. Opt for wool dryer balls instead of fabric softener sheets to soften clothes naturally and reduce drying time. Mixing heavy and light items optimizes drying efficiency, saving energy and time.
  6. Embrace Air-Drying: Take advantage of sunny weather by air-drying your laundry outdoors during summer months. Not only does this method preserve fabric quality and prolong garment lifespan, but it also eliminates the need for electricity consumption. Plus, there’s nothing quite like the fresh scent of sun-dried linens — Bring back the clothes line!