The fact is that most homeowners waste more water and energy using their washing machines than what they should. If you leave your washing machine on the "full load" setting each and every time you wash clothes regardless of the load size, then you're guilty of wasting water and energy. Thankfully, there are a couple of things individuals can do to reduce the amount of energy and water wasted by their washing machine.
Changing the load size setting is kind of like a double-edged sword. If you're washing just a few articles of clothes, then it would be beneficial to keep the load size setting low. However, you could possibly save even more energy and water by saving up your clothes until you have enough to wash a large load. Of course this isn't always an option, as some people need their work uniform or outfit washed in a timely manner. The bottom line is that you need to be aware of what setting your load size is set to on your washing machine and change it as needed.
Remove Clothes Promptly
Have you ever left clothes in the washing machine so long that they began to develop mildew and a funky smell? When this occurs, you're usually forced to re-wash the load, wasting twice as much energy and water. To avoid this, get into the habit of immediately transferring your washed clothes to the dryer after the last cycle is complete. Most washing machines have a buzzer that goes off when the load is done, notifying you that it's time to transfer them to the dryer. When you hear this buzz, take a few minutes to move the clothes over to the dryer.
Don't Wash Clean Clothes
This may sound like common sense, but don't wash clothes that aren't dirty. If you only wore a t-shirt for an hour or so and didn't get anything on it, then you can probably hang it back up and wear it later. There's no need to waste water and energy by washing clothes that aren't dirty. In addition, don't allow clean clothes to get mixed in with your dirty clothes. Make sure you have a laundry basket or some other designated area for storing your dirty clothes in. When your clean clothes come out of the dryer, fold them and place them where they go to prevent them from falling in with your dirty clothes.