The laundry room is one of largest energy-consuming rooms in any home. We are all interested in saving money, saving water and energy and being green for the environment.
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Choose a washing machine that meets your household needs. Washing machines range in capacity from 1.6 to 5.8 cubic feet. If your normal laundry loads are small, choose a smaller model that uses less water and use a public laundromat for large items like comforters.
Front load washers and high-efficiency top load washers that do not have a center post agitator will hold larger loads of laundry.
2. Energy Star
Purchase an Energy Star-certified washer, which will use at least 40% less energy and up to 65% less water than a standard washer. Most full-sized Energy Star washers use 18-25 gallons of water per load, compared to the 40 gallons used by a standard machine. Energy Star models also spin the water from the clothes better, resulting in less drying time.
3. Water temperature
About 90% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water. Unless you're dealing with oily stains, the warm or cold water setting on your machine will generally do a good job of cleaning your clothes. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load's energy use in half.
You can learn more about selecting the correct water temperature for washing clothes but the rinse cycle should always use cold water. There is no need for heated water during the rinse cycle.
4. Sort fabrics
We all know that throwing everything together in the washer is a bad idea. Sort your laundry for best results. It is also a bad idea to dry everything together. Separate your clothes and dry similar types of clothes together. Lightweight synthetics, for example, dry much more quickly than bath towels and natural fiber clothes.