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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

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

How?
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.”

Why?
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.

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

How?

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.

Why?
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.

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