According to ENERGY STAR, almost 90% of the energy consumed by your washing machine is used to heat water. Switching to cold-water clothes washing gets clothes just as clean as hot water, while using less energy and money. Cold-water washing also keeps colors bright, reduces wrinkling and won’t set stains.

Here are some more tips to save even more energy while washing & drying your laundry:

  • DO FULL LOADS OF LAUNDRY. Filling up your washing machine with water requires energy, and it’s a waste if done for a partial load.
  • DON’T OVER-WASH CLOTHES. Delicate and gently worn clothes don’t need as long of a wash cycle as soiled, sturdy clothes.
  • CLEAN THE DRYER’S LINT FILTER AFTER EACH LOAD. A lint-free filter improves air circulation and quickens drying, whereas a clogged filter and vent can cause a home fire.
  • SEPARATE LIGHT AND HEAVY ITEM BEFORE DRYING. Lightweight items take less drying time, so don’t waste dryer time by throwing your undergarments and t-shirts in with your towels and rugs.
  • DON’T OVER-DRY CLOTHES. Take clothes out while they are still slightly damp to reduce the need for ironing — another energy user. If your dryer has an auto-dry feature, use that instead of the timer.
  • GET A DRYING RACK. Air dry clothes whenever possible, especially “almost-dry” clothes, delicates and synthetic athletic wear.