27 Jan '12, 1pm

Something we could all do better: 9 ways to save energy while doing your laundry

Hand washing and line drying may be the most eco- and budget-friendly options for doing laundry, but our busy schedules and local weather often don’t allow us to take up these greener housekeeping practices. Earth911 has rounded up nine ways to reduce your energy use and lower your utility bills, while still taking advantage of the conveniences of the modern laundry room. 1. Wash with cooler water About 90 percent of the energy consumed by your washing machine is used just to heat the water, according to the Alliance to Save Energy . Switch to cold water for many of your loads, especially those with dark or bright colors and delicates like silk or wool. Cold-water washing won’t just save you money: It will also keep colors bright, reduce wrinkling and won’t set stains. Using cold water to wash your clothes for one year can save enough energy to run an average home for up t...

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