A reminder, especially for those who have had a hot summer. While the weather is nice, save money by drying your clothes on a clothes line. This ancient form of utilising wind and solar power will often leave your whites whiter. For best results, put all coloured garments inside out to give a reprieve from fading. Take clothes off while still slightly damp and put them on hangers and you won't need to iron, or for those really high maintenance items, let them tumble on no heat for fifteen minutes or so. In the south, you can probabley keep drying on the line into October.
Also, most detergents work fine in cold water. If you are bleaching to kill germs anyway, hot water doesn't make that much difference, and can really add to your gas or electric bill.