Everything is bigger in Texas, but that’s not always a good thing when it comes to higher power bills from doing laundry. When ranking which U.S. states use the most electricity per household, Texas came in 5th place, consuming 1,203 kWh per month. To put this in perspective, Arkansas consumes 1,083 kWh per month, New Mexico consumes 631kWh per month, and California consumes 547 kWh per month.
High Texas temperatures mean your HVAC runs almost year-round. However, laundry is also a big source of energy use. According to the EPA, dryers use the most energy among standard appliances. Refrigerators and washing machines use about the same amount of energy – although it’s important to remember that the fridge runs continuously.
You certainly can’t stop doing laundry. Here are a few tips for saving energy – and money – when washing and drying your clothes and linens.