WATER HEATING, WASHING AND DRYING
- Put an insulating blanket on your water heater.
- Clean dryer lint filter after each load.
- Wash only full loads of clothes
- Set your water heater thermostat at 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Do laundry and other energy intensive chores in the morning hours or late at night
when overall energy usage is lower.
- Wash only full loads in your dishwasher.
- Don’t use Rinse-Hold setting on your dishwasher. It wastes 3 to 7 gallons of hot
water. Do use Air dry setting and other power-saving features on your dishwasher.
- When purchasing a new clothes washer, consider Energy Star models that save energy
and water. Most use 30% - 50% less water and 50% less energy per load.
- If the clothes washer has a water level selection, use the lowest practical level.
Use cold water rinse for all loads.
- Use a cold water detergent and try using the cold water washing cycle. It does make
colors last longer.
- Repair leaking or dripping hot and cold water faucets.
- Install efficient shower heads that use 2.5 gallons per minute or less.
- Turn off the water heater at your breaker if you know you are going to be away for
awhile. Consider a timer that turns the heater off at night.