Throw in the towel — lots of them
Reduce your number of laundry loads by updating your equipment.
I waited to purchase a new washer and dryer until our old set broke down — and I’m sorry I waited! A typical wash cycle for my husband and me used to include two loads of darks, two loads of whites, one load of king-sized sheets, and one load of bath towels. Those six loads in my old washer are now down to three: one white, one dark and one combining sheets and towels. My new washer is a model that doesn’t have a center agitator and holds so much more. In addition, a new washer can save water. Studies show replacing an old washer with a high-efficiency one can reduce your water use by more than 6,000 gallons a year.
Dryers are also more efficient than ever. Look for one with an Energy Star rating, which means it’s 20 percent more energy efficient than conventional models. Opt for a dryer with a moisture sensor; it will shut itself off when your clothes are dry instead of running continuously.