Clothes Washer and Dryer

  • Don’t run small loads. Instead, wait until your laundry pile is large enough to fill the machine.
  • Wash everything in cold. Unless you’re cleaning dirty towels or baby diapers, cool water will do the job. If you want, try a detergent specially formulated for cold water, but it’s not necessary.
  • Pre-treat stains. The more you can do to remove stains and heavy soil beforehand, the less likely you’ll need to wash a second time.
  • Shorten the cycle. Cutting wash time from 15 minutes to seven minutes saves about 25 percent of the electricity needed to run your washer.
  • Don’t over-dry. Select the cool-down cycle so clothes finish drying with just residual heat. If your dryer has a moisture sensor, use it to automatically stop the machine when clothes are water-free.
  • Install a vent/filter kit. This allows you to vent clean, warm air from your clothes dryer into your home during winter, recycling heat that would otherwise be wasted.
  • Hang a clothesline. Anytime you can dry clothes outside instead of in the dryer, that’s free solar power!
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