Their message: Heating water to do laundry is one of the largest users of energy in a typical home. So, switch to washing in cold water – it gets clothes just as clean as hot water, while using less energy and money.
Washing clothes in cold water with cold-water detergents not only will save energy and money – it also will preserve fabric color. To save even more energy while washing and drying your laundry, the Alliance recommends that you:
- Do full loads of laundry. Filling up your washing machine with water requires energy, and it’s a waste if done for a partial load.
- Do not over-wash clothes. Delicate and gently worn clothes don’t need as long of a wash cycle as soiled, sturdy clothes.
- Clean the dryer lint filter after every load. A lint-free filter improves air circulation and quickens drying, whereas a clogged filter and vent can cause a home fire.
- Separate light and heavy items before drying. Lightweight items take less drying time, so don’t waste dryer time by throwing your undergarments and t-shirts in with your towels and rugs.
- Don’t over-dry clothes. Take clothes out while they are still slightly damp to reduce the need for ironing — another energy user. If your dryer has an auto-dry feature, use that instead of the timer.