I’m a creature of habit. I get into a routine and like to do things the same way. That’s true when it comes to my laundry habits. Aside from the water temperature, I typically always wash our clothes on the same cycle, regardless of how dirty they are. That is a big waste of energy and water costs.
The next time you go to wash a load, take a good look at your cycle options. If the load you are washing isn’t grimy, grass-stained baseball uniforms, adjust the cycle length accordingly. If it’s a normal load with little hard stains, a light wash cycle is probably all you need. My washing machine has a “rapid wash” setting that cleans my everyday loads perfectly fine in about half the time.
Simply taking a few seconds to determine the level of dirtiness of your clothes and then adjusting your settings accordingly will save you on your electricity bills! You can apply this same thing to the dish washer and avoid a full wash cycle if the dishes don’t require it. You probably have a quick wash setting on the dishwasher as well!
Do you adjust your wash cycle every time or are you a creature of habit like me?