Efficient Laundry: Wash Clothes in Cold Water to Save Energy and $$

Energy Savings using Cold Water

At the Clinton Global Initiative on Sept. 21, 2011, Proctor & Gamble (P&G) and the Alliance to Save Energy announced that they are teaming up to get the word out about cold-water washing.

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.

Energy-Saving Tips

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.

Continue Reading:  http://ase.org/efficiencynews/energy-efficient-laundry-wash-clothes-cold-water-save-energy

Happy Savings,


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