Making these changes to our laundry habits can have positive effects on our health, economy and environment.

The average American family washes about 300 loads of laundry each year. Getting our clothes clean and dry uses a lot of water and energy. But there are ways to save on energy costs, cut down on the amount of water used and still have clean clothes.

  • Wash your clothes in cold water and use detergents specially designed for
  • cold water loads.
  • Wash and dry full loads when possible. Always use the appropriate setting for the
  • size of the load.
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after each load.
  • Periodically inspect the dryer vent to make sure there are no blockages.
  • Consider air-drying clothing on warm days on clothes lines or drying racks.
  • When shopping for a new clothes washer, look for the ENERGY STAR® label. These models use about 40% less energy and significantly less water compared to a standard model. ENERGY STAR® clothes washers:
    • Use less water. A full-sized ENERGY STAR® certified clothes washer uses 15 gallons of water per load, compared to the 23 gallons used by a standard machine. Over the machine’s lifetime, that’s a savings of 2,500 gallons of water.
    • Use less energy. On average, a new ENERGY STAR® certified clothes washer uses 270 kWh of electricity and costs $91 to run each year.

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