05 Oct '11, 8pm

Energy-Efficient Laundry: Wash Clothes in Cold Water to Save Energy

By Alliance Communications Associate Ross Parman 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: With the help of new detergents, cold water can get clothes just as clean as hot water, while using less energy and money. Reduce Carbon Emissions by Switching to Cold Water The Sierra Club states that 86% of the energy consumed by a washing machine goes to heating water. Switching from hot or warm water to cold water washing saves that energy. In fact, each household that makes the switch to cold-water washing eliminates about 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year. But if the benefits are so obvious, why haven’t people made the switch before? Although cold water has long been used for certain garments, many people ...

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