Saving energy while doing your chores

First, let me apologize for not getting a workout video posted. Again. It is coming. I do, however have some green tips to share for when we’re doing our housework!

If you can avoid using hot water as much as possible when doing your laundry, you can save a bunch. Washing your laundry with hot water uses 85-90% more energy than using warm and cold water cycles. According to my handy book “The Green Book”, the energy equivalent of 100,000 barrels of oil would be saved if every household made the change from hot-hot to warm-cold cycles. Grain of salt obviously-this assumes everyone uses hot-hot to begin with, but still…

Keep the savings going when you move the clothes to the dryer. Make sure you clean the lint screen and don’t overload the dryer-you’ll save up to 5% on your electricity bill. If you really want to go crazy, you can hang your clothes on a line or a drying rack! ‘Tis the season 🙂

Finally, let’s move to the kitchen. It has been shown that as long as you don’t go crazy pre-rinsing and you only run the dishwasher when it’s full, it is actually more energy-efficient to use the dishwasher than hand wash. YAY! If you don’t pre-rinse and you do full loads you will save up to 20 gallons of water per dish load. I know for us, there are some dishes we have to rinse ahead of time, but I always make sure to turn the tap off in between each dish. Don’t think it makes a difference? Put a large pot in the sink and leave the tap on the whole time. That bad boy will fill up quick! Tim and I have also started turning off the heat dry cycle of our dishwasher. When it’s done running, we just open the door up and pull out the racks and let everything air dry. I don’t have any statistics on how much energy that saves, but I feel like it’s a decent amount-that cycle lasts for quite a while, and those dishes are hot when it’s done!

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