When many homeowners trying to go green embark on home improvements and redecorating, the focus may be put on common areas including the kitchen and living room. The financial blog Money Crashers suggests homeowners go green in the laundry room to help save money while making homes more energy efficient.
According to the source, homeowners who are willing to spend a little to see savings in the future should invest in an Energy Star washing machine model as they use 37 percent less energy and half as much water compared to non-star rated machines. When washing, the source recommends doing full loads of laundry and using cold water as 90 percent of energy used by washing machines is used to heat the water.
When it comes to drying, homeowners in certain areas may benefit from hanging clothes on a line instead of using a dryer. The source reports that air drying may also extend the life of clothing as dryers are hard on fabrics, which creates the lint. Air drying is also more eco friendly, as dryers produce high amounts of carbon emissions each hour they are used.
Green laundry detergent is also available in stores, can easily be made at home and is healthier for humans and the environment.