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Saving in the Laundry Room

Smart ways to conserve energy

Homeowners typically spend about $2,000 every year on energy bills. These tips can help you save energy and money while doing laundry.

Look for the Energy Star rating when replacing your clothes washer and dryer.

• Clothes washers that have earned Energy Star approval use about 45 percent less water and 25 percent less energy than a standard model, saving you about $45 a year on utility bills.

• Replacing your old dryer with an Energy Star-certified model can save you $245 over its lifetime.

Set appliances to the most energy-efficient settings.

• Washing clothes in cold water only will save about $66 per year.

• Use the lowest water setting to save more than 1,200 gallons of water per year.

Use these simple methods to save when doing your next load of laundry.

• Always wait for a full load to run the wash. Reducing the total number of loads each year by 25 percent could save you 3,227 gallons of water.

• Clean the lint trap between loads. This improves air circulation and increases the efficiency of the dryer.

• Air-dry clothes outside during warmer months or on an inside drying rack to save energy by not using a dryer.