The Green Minute: Washing Laundry with Cold Water
April 4, 2013

The Green Minute: Washing Laundry With Cold Water

Courtesy of Pat Byington, The Green Register Editor

Next to turning off the lights in an empty room, washing your clothes in cold water is one of the easiest energy savings tips in a household.

The average American family runs 400 loads of laundry a year. If you simply move the water temperature dial from hot and warm water to cold water, you will reduce 90% of the energy consumed by a washing machine. Cold water keeps clothes colors bright, reduces wrinkling and will save you money.

Check out this video by the Alliance to Save Energy that describes the benefits of cold water:

Turning the dial from hot water to cold is a very simple task that will definitely take less than a Green Minute.

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