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Level Up Your Laundry Room: 9 Ways to Save Time & Energy!

by Ann Ferguson

Are you tired of the endless laundry cycle and the hole it's burning in your energy bill? You're not alone. Washing and drying clothes isn't just a time-consuming task; it's also one of the main energy hogs in our homes (aside from your heating and cooling system). Washers and dryers account for a whopping 5 percent of a household's annual electricity usage.

But don't pull your hair out just yet. We've got some great news! With the right features and appliances in your laundry room, you can significantly reduce energy consumption and your precious time.

We've compiled which savvy upgrades can turn your laundry room into a time-saving, energy-efficient have — take a look!

1. Energy and Water-Efficient Washers

Close-up of energy-saving laundry machine settings

First up on our list of game-changing upgrades are energy and water-efficient washers. These machines are designed to dramatically reduce the amount of water and energy needed for each load of laundry, with some models using up to 80 percent less water than traditional top-load washers.

But the benefits don't stop at water savings. These laundry titans can also deliver up to 65 percent energy savings. Not only does this mean a reduction in your carbon footprint, but it can also lead to noticeable reductions in your utility bills over time.

Pro Tip: To find the most energy-efficient laundry appliances, look for Energy Star-rated laundry machines and features like “eco mode!”

2. The Magic Second Door

Next, let's talk about the unsung hero of laundry innovation: the secondary washer door. We've all been there. You start the wash cycle, and the moment you turn your back, you spot a rogue sock that didn't make it into the load. The conundrum then begins — do you stop and restart the cycle, or do you just let it go and start a new one with that lone sock?

That is unless you have a front-load washer with a secondary door! This feature lets you drop in that last-minute item, avoid extra wash cycles, and save on water and energy! Less time, less energy — talk about a double win!

3. Heat Pump Dryers

Heat pump dryer with no vent

Think about heat-pump dryers as the superheroes of clothes drying. They're amazing for a few reasons:

  • They're efficient: These dryers use up to 28% less energy than regular ones, which means more money in your pocket.
  • They're gentle: They dry clothes at lower temps, so your clothes last longer.
  • They're flexible: No need for a vent. You can place them anywhere there's power and a water source.

Just remember, they need a bit of TLC. Keep them clean and pair them with an energy-efficient washer for the best results. They might cost a bit more upfront, but they'll save you money in the long run. And that's a win-win!

4. Advanced Moisture Sensors

Did you know dryers with advanced moisture sensors can save time and energy? These sensors detect the moisture level in your clothes and automatically stop the dryer when they're dry. Pretty smart, right?

These sensors not only save energy but also extend the life of your fabrics by preventing over-drying. Plus, some advanced models let you control the dryer remotely via an app. Just remember, these cool features may come with a higher price tag.

5. Stream Dry Wrinkles

Let's face it—wrinkles on your clothes can totally ruin the vibe of your outfit of the day — so why keep dealing with them? With the steam dry feature on certain dryers, you don't have to! But that's not all steam dry can do; it also:

  • Helps remove dust and allergens from clothes (bye, bye allergy season!)
  • Freshens your clothes in ten minutes (perfect for going out!).
  • Reduces static — no more clothes sticking to each other

6. Wi-Fi Smart Laundry

Closeup of smartphone monitoring washer time

More and more washer and dry models feature Wi-Fi connectivity – and for a good reason! These smart washers and dryers let you monitor your wash and dry cycles from your phone, so you know the second when each is done (no more annoying buzzer sound!). You can also control your laundry remotely, like starting the dry cycle you forgot about or extending the tumble dry to keep the wrinkles from setting in before you get to the load.

And the best part is that these smart laundry appliances help eliminate the guesswork for setting the best washer and dry settings for every load. Talk about making laundry more convenient!

7. Self-Cleaning Features

Did you know that even your washer needs a good cleaning? And while there are steps you can take to wash it by running a cycle with vinegar, then a cycle with plain water, these can be time-consuming.

Instead of running multiple loads, you can simplify the process with a washer featuring a self-cleaning cycle! This cycle will eliminate 99 percent of bacteria in the drum to help keep the bin fresh and odor-free! Some self-clean settings even have an alert system to tell you when to run a cleaning cycle!

8. Combo Washers

Washer-dryer combo surrounded by piles of laundry

Are you pressed for space in your home and can't fit two whole washers? How about just one? With a washer-dryer combo, you save space, plus water and energy! This appliance combines a washer and dryer into one machine that easily fits into a closet. But that's not all they can do!

  • The washing proficiency is the same as a standard washer.
  • The drum is gentler on clothes.
  • There's no need to move the load from the wash to the dry cycle.
  • They use less water, similar to a standard front-load washer.
  • They have high max spin speeds to reduce drying times!

9. High-Efficiency Washers

High-efficiency washers are another option for saving time and energy! These washers use up to 80 percent less water than traditional top-load models and can deliver up to 65 percent energy savings!

These also wash more laundry in one go, so you don't have to spend all that time on laundry!

Pro Tip: If you're worried about your clothes coming out with lots of detergents, don't! You just need to use the right amount of high-efficiency detergent!

Laundry Time!

Now that you're armed with these insider secrets to make laundry day a breeze, it's time to put these tips to work. So, if you're ready to save time and energy, make your move! Find your perfect laundry upgrade at Leonardi Appliance. We've got a wide array of energy-efficient appliances just waiting to make your life easier.

Any questions? Just give us a call or drop by. We're always here to help you find your perfect laundry match. Let's transform your laundry day together!