Green Living Ideas: Clothes Washing – Help minimize climate change and save money
What it takes: EASY – Habit change
Wash items in cold water when hot water is not needed for sanitation purposes. Water heating consumes about 90% of the energy it takes to operate a clothes washer1. New laundry detergents are designed for cold water. Unless you’re dealing with oily stains or items that need additional sanitation such as underwear, towels, facecloths, etc. 2, washing in cold water will generally do a good job of cleaning. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut energy use in half. Using the cold cycle reduces energy use even more.
Run full loads. Clothes washers use about the same amount of energy regardless of the size of the load.
Run full, but not overfull loads.
Use the high speed spin or extended spin option. This will decrease the amount of time it takes your clothes to dry.
What you get: Reduces water heating and electric bills. Reduces drying time.
World Benefit: Reduces the pollution created from generating energy you no longer use.
References: 1) https://www.energystar.gov/products/appliances/clothes_washers?qt-consumers_product_tab=2#qt-consumers_product_tab 2) http://www.medicaldaily.com/laundry-bacteria-could-be-your-clean-clothes-ways-reduce-germ-growth-your-wash-253557