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Use That Cold/Cold Button

10 October 2011
Wash in Cold

Wash in ColdInteresting fact that I did not know until I started working at the Energy Challenge: 90% of the energy your washing machine uses is for heating the water. Only 10% is used to spin the motor. I always just assumed that the only way to reduce the energy used by a washing machine would be to buy a whole new energy efficient washing machine. Yet, for free you can save energy and money- just by using cold water.

I do understand that people may have some concerns about washing all of their laundry in cold water, especially when the tag on your clothes tells you to “wash in warm water”. Conveniently, washing clothes in cold water prevents colors from bleeding, and is gentler, prolonging the life of your clothing. For items such as sheets and towels that you still want or need to wash in hot water, select a cold water rinse.

Add this action to your Energy Challenge and read answers to FAQ.

If you want even more energy savings while doing your laundry, air dry your clothes!

One Comment leave one →
  1. 10 October 2011 11:24 am

    And don’t forget to line-dry! 🙂

    We’ve cold-washed almost everything for a couple years, using Tide Cold Water detergent. As far as I can tell, there is no difference at all in how clean things get.

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