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February 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 189

Coordinating water levels, temperature settings and the size of your load insure that you use energy (water and electricity) and detergent in the most efficient and effective manner. Washing a load of clothes with only a few items uses energy very inefficiently and may play havoc with your washer over time. Fortunately, the newer machines on the market account for the size of your load and only dispense the required amount of water.

Contact your local water utility and find out how soft or hard your water is. Depending on that factor you just might be using six times as much detergent as required. After determining the water's hardness or softness, you should then consult your appliance manual where you will find out how much detergent to use. When possible use cold water not hot. Heating the water consumes approximately 90% of the energy required to wash a load of clothes. If using cold water is not possible at least try warm as this reduces energy consumption in half.

The newer front-loading washers were designed to use high efficiency detergent so make sure you follow the suggested brand. Using regular detergent will result in excessive suds as well as impacting the washers rinsing performance.

Leave the door open on front-loading washers when the machine is not in use. These models use airtight seals and if not allowed to dry appropriately can trap water in the machine and eventually lead to mold.

Make sure you clean the dryer lint screen regularly. Lint buildup reduces the efficiency of your dryer. The dryer exhaust vent outside the house should be cleared of cobwebs regularly. Also make sure the outside shutter vent when not in use moves easily since their designed to prevent insects, cold air and heat from entering the dryer.

When you overload the dryer, lengthened drying times result. Drying time for all clothes should be 40-60 minutes.

When drying clothes, use the 'perma press' (cool-down) cycle. There is little or no heat supplied in the last few minutes of your drying cycle, however cool air continues to be blown through the tumbling clothes and continues to dry.

Multiple loads of drying should be done back to back to take advantage of the heated dryer. Starting and stopping your dryer uses more energy.

When drying, try to use a clothesline or indoor drying rack. Using a dryer obviously requires more energy but it also reduces the life of your clothes since fabrics begin to breakdown when repeatedly dried in a dryer.

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