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Doing Laundry Helpful Hints – Living Green

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I found another very helpful hint to save energy and money, posted on ecomi website.

This one is about laundry, how to get the job done, and save money at the same time.

You already know that washing clothes in cold water, not only saves energy by not heating your water, but also extends the life and appearance of your clothes, especially the dark colored ones.

Check these out, save energy and money:

Wash Laundry with Cold Water

Save energy and money by washing your clothes in cold water.

Avoid using the hot or warm water modes unless it’s truly warranted, such when you need to disinfect something.  Otherwise, leave the dial on “Cold.”

According to the EPA, approximately 90% of the total energy consumed by a standard top-load washing machine goes to heating the water.

Did You Know?
The average American household does 392 loads of laundry per year.

That’s more than once a day.

No wonder using cold water will save you a bundle.

To increase your savings even further, here are some additional tips on drying your laundry.

However, before you decide to put out a display of your freshly laundered garments, do your homework, and find out if your neighborhood allows it.

Some developments have special deed restrictions, not allowing outside clothes drying rack, or clothes lines, which could result in a fine, if not adhered to.

If that is your dilemma, then you can dry smaller loads of laundry in your basement, garage, or laundry room.

Save money and energy by line drying or rack drying your clothes.


Do it the old-fashioned way: String up a rope or cord outside, and attach your clothes with pins. Or if you live in an apartment, purchase a rack that you can use indoors.

After the refrigerator, the dryer is the biggest energy-draining appliance in your home.

Did You Know?
You can potentially save up to hundreds of dollars a year on your electric bill by reducing your dryer usage.

6 thoughts on “Doing Laundry Helpful Hints – Living Green”

  1. Mary says:

    I know longer have a dryer. I dry everything for my family of four on a clothes drying rack. It works great and I save money and help the environment. It is very easy. Just takes a little forethought about where your going to put the rack so that it is out of the way yet can get some sun or breeze.

  2. Suburban Grandma says:

    That is a wonderful idea. I wish more people would try to make small sacrifices like this and cut down on the use of energy, not to mention saving money at the same time. I use my dryer for small items, but have a clothes line in my basement to dry everything else. Unfortunately, outside clothes lines and drying racks are against deed restrictions in my neighborhood.

  3. BusyMom says:

    Good tips. I still use my dryer for most things, but it is Energy Star rated and I do dry some things on a drying rack. I like the dryer because it decreases my need to iron items. I guess I save electricity (and time) by NOT ironing! 😉

  4. suburbangrandma says:

    I am right up there with you about ironing. I really do not like ironing, because it takes so much time and effort, to get it done correctly. I mostly iron dress shirts and some slacks, but my mom used to iron EVERYTHING…..that was lots of work.

  5. Valerie says:

    I put the permanent press clothing on that cycle & remove the clothing &
    shake it out & put into the dryer for 5 to 6 minutes. I hang up all the clothing on hangers and let air dry. The heat releases the wrinkles and you really do not need any ironing or perhaps a touch up for only a couple of items, if that. Been doing this for years & do the same when hanging it outside as well.

  6. Suburban Grandma says:

    Sounds like a great routine. I have to give it a try. My dryer takes forever to dry clothes…maybe it needs to be replaced. I was also told to run the shower on hot to create some steam in the bathroom, then hang the shirt there, so the steam will relax the wrinkles…works OK on permanent press shirts, but not so much on the all cotton ones.

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