Green Laundry Tips For Every Household

Washers, dryers and dry cleaning make doing laundry easy, but they can be tough on the environment. With a few simple changes, you can reduce your environmental impact and trim your utility bills.

If laundry day doesn’t seem like a big deal, consider this: On average, an American household washes almost 400 loads of laundry a year, according to Energy Star.

Your laundry days add up, so it’s worth thinking about how you can minimize your household’s impact.

The less energy and water you use when washing your clothes, the better. Use your washer’s energy-saver setting if available. Washing your clothes with cold water will both slash energy costs (as you no longer have to pay to get the water hot!) and keep your clothes brighter longer – a double bargain for the earth and for your pocketbook. Also, cleaning your lint tray will keep your dryer working efficiently.

When it comes to loading your laundry machines, make sure you’re working with full loads. Filling your washer and dryer with clothes will help laundry day fly by faster and reduce energy use at the same time.

Consider not using your clothes dryer and use a clothesline instead. There are many different types of lines available designed to suit every type of home – either indoors or outside.

Posted by Erin S February 26, 2011 at 12:26 AM under Home Living Tips

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