Money-saving powerhacks: clothes washing and drying edition


What’s a powerhack, you ask? Think of it as a life hack that helps you save on your power bills. With energy prices at a high, these powerhacks can help you reduce your energy and save money.  

Welcome back to our latest powerhacks edition. Last time we looked how to stay cool over summer while looking out for your back pocket.

In this edition, we’ve tackled the dirty laundry, so if you want clean clothes without the big power bills, we’ve rounded up seven ways to save a load of money on washing day.

Washing itty bitty loads uses the same juice as full loads – save up your dirty laundry to fill the machine and save cash!  

A laundry basket is a good way to stack up all your dirty washing during the week to make sure you only wash full loads. If your machine has an energy saving option, try it out for extra savings on your energy bill.  

Use wash bags for your delicate clothes. This way you can save up your clothes for a full load and wash them all at once. (Probably still best to keep your light-coloured clothes away from your lucky red cap though!)  

Myth busting time. You don’t need to wash your clothes in warm or hot water to remove stains, especially if using detergent aimed for cold water washes. Washing in cold water uses up to 10 times less energy and is just as effective.  

There’s nothing like a summer rain shower, unless you are trying to dry your washing! Invest in a drying rack or portable clothesline so you can avoid using the dryer and still get your clothes dry when it’s raining outside.  

Who needs a dryer when we have the sun’s rays? Next time you dry your threads, give your tracky dacks some Vitamin D by hanging them in the sun. Not only will they last longer by staying out of the dryer’s sight, but they will be naturally disinfected by the sun. Dryers cost you big bucks anyway. Double win!  

Absolutely need to use the dryer? If so, save money by running it on low or medium heat. Make sure you use your dryer’s cool-down option too. It will finish the load with heat that’s already in the dryer, rather than creating more. Remember, more heat = more energy used.  

That’s it for our clothes washing and drying edition – let us know on our socials what hacks you’d like to try or even share one of your own powerhacks that has helped lower your energy bill.  

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The author

Cherie Pasion

Cherie worked at Brisbane Sustainability Agency, and is a self-confessed energy nerd committed to a slow-living lifestyle.

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