I try to do our laundry in the evenings whenever possible. The washer and dryer add a lot of moisture to the air which means that our house cooling systems have to run even harder to keep things comfortable. Doing the laundry on wash night when the house is cooler means less strain on the air cooling system. This is a great habit for those who are subject to Time of Use Metering (TOU).
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I also do the same thing. I do wash on Sunday nights. It makes sure we have fresh clothes for the week and it doesn’t heat the house up. I don’t use my dryer much anyways so I don’t have to worry about too much moisture.
Interesting, I never realized that. We dont have meter rules, however we do have similar rules for time of day to run our sprinklers, it goes by city.
That’s even an easy tip to follow for people who work during the day. :)
On the weekends, I now have an excuse. “Honey, I’m not lazy, I’m green.” Yay!
That is an excellent tip! I had no idea. I will be sure to focus on using the washer and dryer in the evening now.
I pretty much do laundry in the evening as well, but only because that’s when I remember and have time to do it! Good to know it might also save money.
I usually do wash at an erratic schedule – whenever the bin is full, I put in a load of laundry. I usually try to do it during the day so I can use the clothesline
@PET – Weekends are good too and the day before the work weeks makes a lot of sense.
@Justin @FSYA – As water and electricity become more scarce the growing trend in North America is to meter both power and water. Once that happens, when you include the Time of Use rules (rates!) people should change their habits or have to pay.
@Jason – glad we helped get you out of some chores! See for me, I simply can’t keep track of which articles of clothing Mrs. SPF says are ok to put in the dryer or not, so i’m permanently off clothes washing duty.
@LH – we’re home at night – makes the most sense to do laundry when we’re home.
@Jeff – Try early mornings then. But then, if you’re not using the dryer you’re not draining the grid much anyhow.
This is a great tip. I do my laundry at night but that is mainly because that is my only time to do it. I never thought of the moisture aspect before!
We do our laundry at night because that’s the only time we have. It’s good to put less stress on the grid.
We usually do laundry at night, unless it’s on a weekend and something needs to get done. Hey, every little bit helps, right?
Wow I literally never thought of that! I can’t even imagine telling The Wife about this…she may actually make me learn how to do the laundry!
As long as you can prove you cannot remember when/if you should dry her “dainties”, you’ll be banned from doing laundry. I am.