Simple Savings: Only run full loads.

19 - Only run full loads.

Yesterday, I shared how much we can save by washing our laundry in cold water instead of hot. Today, I want to follow that up with an equally important savings tip. Only run full loads. 

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When you are doing laundry, make sure your load is always full. Don’t waste the water, energy or your time to run a small or even medium load when you can save by running a full load. It is more cost efficient to do a full load of laundry at once than two separate small loads.

The same can be said of your dishwasher. Make sure that your dishwasher is always full when you run it. If you are going to heat up the water to run your dishwasher, make the most of the space and fill it up.

Not only will running full loads save you money, but it will save you time. On this point, I think the time savings might be even more valuable than the money! What do you think?

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  1. A family of 5 has no problem with having full loads for the dishwasher! Most of the time we can’t fit one more item in the dishwasher and it has to wait until the next load.

    This past spring I got a new washer and I don’t think it really matters in terms of money if I have full loads or not because the water level depends on the load level. But I agree, it does save a lot of time to only wash full loads. Right now that is even more important to me. I can fit a lot more in my new washer too which saves too.

    I would also add that if you have a full load it saves money to use the dishwasher instead of washing the dishes by hand. When we had a portable dishwasher I was amazed how little water was used to wash the whole load. It filled up a small mixing bowl which is less than I would fill the sink to wash one sink full of dishes not counting rinsing them or if I have to drain greasy water and fill the sink with water again in order to wash all the dishes .

    1. Excellent points! I agree that the time saved with a dishwasher is more valuable to me than the money saved. I’m working harder at making sure my kitchen counters are clean every night so that means loading the dishwasher and washing my hand any bottles or items that don’t fit. Interesting point, about the water for your old portable dishwasher. I am thankful we have dishwashers!

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