1. The washing machine
Laundry is no laughing matter when it takes over the house, and a hefty power bill is the last thing you want to add to the equation. Step one to getting on the right track is to buy the right size washing machine for your circumstances. A big machine that you struggle to fill isn’t energy efficient. A small machine you have to run constantly just to keep up with your weekly laundry isn’t right either.
Once you’ve got the right machine for your needs here’s some tips to keep costs low:
- Try using cold water on wash cycles instead of hot.
- Always wash a full load. Washing one full load will use less energy than washing two smaller loads.
- If you have to wash a smaller load adjust the water level (if your machine doesn’t do this automatically).
- Soak stained clothes in a bucket of water before washing. Removing most of the nasty stains before it goes into the wash may stop you from having to wash items again.
- Think about the clothes you have and plan ahead so you only have to wash once or twice a week. For example, I only wash whites once a week, so I make sure every family member has enough white socks for a full week.
Clean the washing machine to keep it in good working order. You can keep the pump and hoses clean by mixing a cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda and running this through the machine on a hot cycle from time to time.