Your washer and dryer are some of the most energy-sucking devices in your home, contributing quite a bit to your energy bill. Tech and home weblog Unplggd suggests a few laundry strategies for cutting down on your energy costs.
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The main idea: don't sort your laundry primarily by colour. Instead, sort it by type of fabric:
Empty your hamper and finish up all your laundry tonight. Tomorrow, you'll want to start tossing your dirty clothes in new bins: Super-light fabrics where you used to have whites and heavy fabrics (like towels) where the darks used to go.
From then on, the key is to wash everything in cold water (thus saving you energy on heating the water) and by drying all similar fabrics together. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and if you're washing a heavy-fabric item with a bunch of light fabrics, the whole load is going to take longer to dry. If you dry fabrics with other similar fabrics, you can cut some of your dryer cycles down.
What about you guys? Have you tried any of these techniques, or got any of your own that end up saving you time and money? Share your experience and laundry expertise in the comments, and hit the link to read more.