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Clothes Washing Tips

Shopping for a new clothes washer? Keep the following in mind:

  • Look for Energy Star rated models. These are the most energy efficient models on the market and will save energy, save money, and help the environment.
  • Front-loading washers are more energy-efficient. Recent research has shown that these machines can reduce energy use by over 50%, use significantly less water, require less detergent and shorter drying cycles, and reduce wear and tear on clothes. Several U.S. manufacturers now have front load models in the larger sizes preferred by Americans.

To save energy when using your clothes washer:

  • Rinse with cold water. Most people in the appliance industry agree that cold water washes just as effectively as warm. Special cold water detergents are also available.
  • Soak your clothes first; soak cycles can allow for shorter wash times. For heavily soiled clothes, instead of a longer wash cycle, try soaking and then using a shorter wash cycle.
  • Use shorter washing cycles, especially for lightly soiled clothes.
  • Adjust the load setting on your washer to match the size of the load. The load setting determines how much water is used.
  • Eliminate small loads. Your clothes washer uses about the same amount of energy regardless of how much clothing is being washed. Washing two small loads uses approximately twice as much energy as combining them into one full load. By combining loads together you reduce the number of loads you wash, which in turn reduces your energy use.

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