Saturday, July 10, 2010

COLD water vs. WARM water saves energy & money

Washing your clothes in cold water vs. warm water not only saves energy but also saves you money. 90% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water.

If I have a tuff stain, like my daughters soccer uniform, I will soak it in a small bucket with arm & hammer baking soda for a few hours, then toss it in the wash. I have also heard that vinegar and peroxide is another great stain fighter. Haven't tried them yet. After my clothes are done washing I hang them on the line outside to dry. I love the smell of line dried clothes. If you don't have a line outside you can use clothes racks or hang them in the shower. On rainy days this works well too.

In the winter time I hang my clothes on racks and put them by my wood stove. They are usually dry with two hours. Hanging your clothes up takes a little bit of planning but in the long run it saves you money and saves your clothes. The dryers like to eat your clothing. Where do you think all that link comes from?

Seventh Generation is having a 7 day laundry challenge. They are challenging you to hang up your clothes for 7 days. Come join my in the challenge. They have a calculator that can tell you how much money you can save a year. I'm saving $46.52 yearly.

What you can do to help save energy:

-Set your temperature control to cold.
-Use cold water detergents. They leave your clothes as clean as warm water detergents.
-Wait until you have a full load or adjust the water level to a lower setting.
-Line dry your clothes.
-If you are looking at replacing your washing check out energy star.

Taking small steps like washing in cold water or line drying your clothes makes a huge impact on our environment. Thanks for all your help.

1 comment:

  1. I like the baking soda idea! I will certainly try that out.