20 Jun '11, 9am

In case you missed it: A green buyer's guide to washers, dryers and sustainable laundry habits

Find your local recycling solution for large appliances The real dirt on clean clothes isn’t pretty. Every time you send a T-shirt through the wash and dry cycles, it uses up energy and water, sends detergent residue into rivers and oceans, and wears down the fabric – which means you’ll need a new, resource-taxing tee sooner rather than later. There’s no quick fix (unless you’re ready to forgo laundry, we suppose), but one of the best ways to slim down your environmental footprint in this arena is with an energy and water efficient washing and dryer set. The best models cut energy and water consumption by about a third or more, according to Energy Star , the U.S. EPA and Department of Energy’s joint rating program. Also, washers and dryers that don’t meet Energy Star standards are a drain on your wallet – to the tune of $70 to $135 annually in utility costs. The good news ...

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