One fascinating aspect of utilizing ozone for home laundry is its potential for significant cost savings. Although we provide approximate figures, we believe it would be beneficial to demonstrate the varied range of savings that individuals can experience by using ozone laundry. It's important to note that laundry costs are influenced by numerous factors, and this blog post aims to highlight some of the potential cost-saving opportunities.
In summary, using ozone washing in your home laundry routine eliminates the need for warm or hot water and soap. As a result, let's examine the cost variable that can significantly fluctuate: heating water. Our calculations will rely on information from this website.
Given that soap is most effective when used with warm or hot water, we will presume that you are washing your laundry with warm water in all scenarios. We will then present a spectrum of loads ranging from warm to hot.
If you utilize natural gas to heat your water, it can result in substantial cost savings. The average cost of natural gas in the United States, including delivery to your residence, is $1 per therm. However, for a front-load washer operating at this rate, the expense for a warm to hot water load is only 5-8 cents higher than washing with cold water.
In contrast, if you use a top-load washer, the additional cost per load for warm to hot water is estimated to be between 9-14 cents.
Electricity rates can significantly vary throughout the United States, with Hawaii having the highest rates at approximately 33 cents per kWh. However, in other regions, rates range between 8 to 20 cents per kWh.
When the electricity rate is at 8 cents, 8-13 cents or more will be cost by a front-load washing machine per load than using cold water. And a top-loader will cost more than 13-21 cents.
When it is at 20 cents, a front-loader will cost 20-32 cents more than using cold water. And a top-loader washer will cost 33-52 cents more.
The substantial range of potential savings when transitioning to an Eco Ozone Laundry System is now apparent. On average, a typical American household performs approximately 400 loads of laundry each year. As demonstrated, the warm to hot water savings alone can range from $20 to $200 annually.
Based on the average electricity rates, the potential savings from switching to an Eco Ozone Laundry System range from 10 to 30 cents, depending on the washer type and the number of warm to hot loads. Assuming typical usage, it is plausible to estimate that the average savings from using gas heat is approximately $40 per year, while the average savings from using electric heat is around $80 per year, with considerable variations possible.
Calculating soap expenses is comparably simpler, but the prices tend to vary significantly, if not more than the cost of heating water. Homemade soaps are available at prices ranging from 2 to 5 cents per load, while brand-name soaps can cost anywhere between 50 cents to $1.50 per load, depending on the degree of soiling and the amount of soap required.
While making homemade soaps is uncommon, and the majority of people do not require excessive amounts of soap for heavily soiled loads, the cost of soap remains substantial. Based on our findings, we conclude that the average cost of soap ranges from 6 to 24 cents per load. Considering an average of 400 loads of laundry per year, the annual expense for soap will be between $24 and $96.
Ozone laundry can turn ozone gas into ozone water by injecting ozone gas into tap water. By using ozone laundry, the combined savings from using cold water and reducing soap expenses can vary significantly, ranging from a minimal annual saving of $44 on the lower end to a substantial $296 on the higher end, considering an average of 400 loads per year. Based on moderate assumptions for soap and hot water costs, we conclude for a typical family, ozone laundry can save approximately $90 to $150 per year.
It's important to note that individuals who live alone and have fewer laundry loads will save less compared to a larger family, which could potentially save a significant amount more by using ozone laundry.