Save Energy – and Money – When Doing Laundry By Following These Tips!

Meter XSmallIf you have a lot of laundry to do each week, the costs can really add up, especially if you have an older washer and dryer which aren’t as energy efficient as new ones. The lifespan for most washers and dryers can be well over a decade depending on how frequently they are used.   And while it may seem sensible to continue to hold onto your appliances, they may be costing you more money than you think. For example, according to AHAM data, a washing machine shipped in 1995 consumed 2.2 kilowatt hours (kWh) per cycle, while one shipped in 2010 used only .66 kWh/cycle – that’s a decrease of more than 70% and a nearly  $100 savings per year on electricity bills. Visit the ENERGY STAR website for more models that can save you even more!

Even if you are not planning to purchase a new energy efficient washer and dryer you can still save energy and money by following these energy saving tips, courtesy of the Alliance to Save Energy:

When washing:

  • Use cold water. About 90% of the energy consumed by your washing machine is used to heat the water. Save energy by washing your clothes in cold water.
  • Although you may find that regular detergent is sufficient, try cold-water detergents that are specifically formulated to work in cooler temperatures.
  • Run a full load.  Unless you have sensors, your machine will use the same amount of mechanical energy regardless of how full it is. If you don't run a full load, be sure to set the water level for the amount of laundry you are running.
  •  Use energy-saving settings. Choose the high spin speed option to cut down on drying time.  
  • Set your water heater to 120 degrees F (instead of the usual 140 F) so you can save energy even when washing clothes in hot or warm water.

When drying:

  • Sort similar fabrics together, starting with a load of fast-drying fabrics, and do back-to-back loads to take advantage of residual heat.
  • Clean the lint filter after each dryer load to improve air circulation and cut down on drying time.
  • Use energy-saving settings. Select low temperature for delicates and medium for most clothes. Choose auto-dry instead of timed-dry to prevent over-drying, which causes shrinkage and static electricity and generally wears clothes out.
  • Throw in a clean, dry towel or tennis ball to dry clothes quicker. The towel absorbs moisture, while the tennis ball helps circulate air between clothes.

Meet AHAM’s Newest Members: Huntsman International, LLC and Star Distribution Systems, Inc.

AHAM welcomes our two newest members of the Supplier Division:
  • Huntsman International, LLC is located in The Woodlands, TX. Huntsman is a supplier of isocyante, polyols and polyol systems for use in polyurethane foam production for domestic refrigerators and freezers. Their division representative is Monica Karamagi, Regional Affairs and Industry Affairs Manager.
  • Star Distribution Services is located in Plant City, FL. They are a third-party logistics company specializing in appliance warehousing and shipping throughout Florida. Their division representative is Larry Jimenez, Jr., Director of Sales & General Manager.

AHAM Members: Register Now for the 2012 Annual Meeting in Florida

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Join fellow AHAM members April 22-23 at The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort in Naples Florida for the annual member meeting. This year’s theme will be “Strategies for the Future?? as members look to shape the future of the appliance industry and AHAM. The agenda includes:

  • AHAM’s revised strategic plan for 2012 – 2014 which focuses on the need for harmonized standards and regulations in North America and the foundation we have developed together in sustainability, safety and energy efficiency.
  • Hear from senior retail executives covering AHAM's product scope about their efforts to understand today’s consumer and deal with the growing importance of public policy issues in their businesses.
  • Hold business meetings for each AHAM membership division (Floor Care, Major, Portable and Supplier).
  • Honor member volunteers for leadership and service to the industry through AHAM, including the Home Appliance Industry Leadership (HAIL) award. Provide opportunities for networking, recreation and relaxation.

For more information about “Strategies for the Future?? and to register, click here.

If you’re not currently a member of AHAM, this is the perfect time to join!   The Annual Meeting is the premier event of the appliance industry and offers members an excellent chance to network with leaders in the industry! More information on membership can be found here.

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