10 Easy Ways to be Energy Efficient and Save Money with Your Laundry

10 Easy Ways to be Energy Efficient and Save Money with Your Laundry

Earlier this month, I gave you guys tips and tricks to be more energy efficient. The post did so well, you guys asked for a few more. Thanks to FPL, I came up with a few more tips especially surrounding laundry.

I blog about fashion, which means more laundry than the average bear. And since water heating accounts for about 18% of your home’s energy use, it felt like the perfect opportunity to bring you guys more ideas to save cash.

Reducing your hot water use, employing energy-saving strategies, and choosing an energy efficient water heater for your home can help you reduce your monthly water heating bills.

Here are my tips to save a little more moolah!



10 TIPS & TRICKS FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

  1. Wash with cold water.
    Using warm water instead of hot can cut a load’s energy use in half, and using cold water will save even more. Cold water detergents can be helpful to ensure items get clean, and high-efficiency detergents (indicated by the “he” symbol) should be used when required by the manufacturer.
  2. Wash full loads.
    Your washer will use about the same amount of energy no matter the size of the load, so fill it up.
  3. Dry right-sized loads for your machine.
    If the dryer is too full, it will take longer for the clothes to dry. Loads that are too small can also take longer to dry, plus you spend more per item when running the dryer to only dry a few things.
  4. Switch loads while the dryer is warm.
    This will allow you to use the remaining heat inside of the dryer for the next cycle
  5. Air dry when you can.
    Hang laundry outside or on a drying rack to avoid using the dryer altogether. I actually prefer this because it keeps clothes looking newer for a lot longer!
  6. Clean the lint filter on the dryer.
    The dryer will run more efficiently and safely. If you use dryer sheets, scrub the filter once a month with a toothbrush to remove film buildup that can reduce air circulation.
  7. Use the high-speed or extended spin cycle in the washer.
    This will remove as much moisture as possible before drying, reducing your drying time and the wear on your clothes from the high heat of the dryer.
  8. Use lower heat settings in the dryer.
    Even if the drying cycle is longer, you’ll use less energy and be less likely to over-dry your clothes.
  9. Dry towels and heavier cottons separately from lighter-weight clothes.
    You’ll spend less time drying the lighter-weight clothes.
  10. Use a cool-down cycle if your dryer has one.
    This cycle allows clothes to finish drying with the heat remaining in the dryer.


FPL SMART HOME TIPS

One of the resources I’ve found to be helpful is FPL’s website which has different tips and tricks to help with energy efficiency.  Their Energy My Way page has resources on Smart Thermostats and their Alexa App which is easy to incorporate to your Amazon device.


COOLING STATION EVENTS

FPL SMART HOME TIPS

One of the resources I’ve found to be helpful is FPL’s website which has different tips and tricks to help with energy efficiency.  Their Energy My Way page has resources on Smart Thermostats and their Alexa App which is easy to incorporate to your Amazon device.

COOLING STATION EVENTS ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA

FPL will also be hosting two cooling station events which will help families find ways to save money during sizzling months! Guests are invited to take a moment to “chill” out by walking into a larger-than-life ice cube that refreshes with music and a blast of liquid nitrogen, cooling guests 15-20 degrees, along with a fun video of their experience. 

The Cooling Station is the perfect way to recharge the family during a hot day in South Florida. . 

You can learn about ways to keep your bill low.

September 8-9, 10am – 5pm

The Museum Plaza at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
1101 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami FL

September 22-23, 10am – 5pm

Zoo Miami
12400 SW 152 St.
Miami, FL 33177


GIVEAWAY

Share your energy saving tips using the #BeatTheHeat for a chance to win an incredible prize from FPL. The full energy efficient prize pack has a value of approximately $450!!!

Here’s what’s included:

  • Ecobee4 smart thermostat valued at $250
  • LED bulbs/smart plugs/power strips valued at $100
  • Home Depot gift card valued at $100

Make sure you tag me so I can learn your ideas too!


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This blog post is sponsored by FPL.
As always, all opinions are my own!

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Evelyn Torres
Evelyn Torres

As one of Miami’s top bloggers, Evelyn Torres has become one of the leading voices in fitness, fashion, and Miami. Brickellista started as a Twitter alias in 2009 and has expanded to become a lifestyle blog capturing a Miami girl’s perspective. Evelyn is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, brand ambassador and on the pulse of the Miami social scene.

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