Simple laundry savings!

August 19, 2014

Tips for saving when washing your clothes

Here are four easy ways you can save on laundry day:

  • Big savings: choose a cold water detergent (like Dizolve and numerous others) and use cold water instead of hot
  • Wait until you have a full load; washing machines are most efficient when operated full
  • Don’t overdose with detergent; read instructions and measure carefully. (Many detergents come with measuring cups that hold more soap than needed for a load… sneaky tactic, eh?)
  • Big savings: use a clothesline instead of a dryer. No way around it: dryers are huge energy hogs.

Tips for saving when cooking

I’m no baker, but even I know stoves get really hot and use a lot of energy. Here are seven tips to help you save while cooking and baking, and perhaps keep your kitchen a bit cooler this summer:

  • Cut foods and veggies into smaller pieces because they’ll cook faster
  • Keep lids on pots and pans to help speed up cooking
  • Use a microwave oven instead of a stove when possible
  • Resist the urge to open the oven door for a peek while something’s baking because the oven temperature can drop by 25 degrees F and you get an unwanted blast of heat in your kitchen; instead, use the oven light and window to check on progress
  • Save a lot by baking multiple foods in the oven at the same time
  • Use glass or ceramic dishes: they hold heat better, and you can lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees F
  • Don’t preheat the oven unless specifically called for in the recipe, and turn it off a few minutes before your food is done

Happy summer cooking and baking!