Clothes Washers: Use & Care
Use & Care
Tips for Saving Water & Energy:
Fill It Up:
Only washing full loads can save over 3,400 gallons of water each year.1 For smaller loads, adjust settings to use less water.
Keep It Cool:
Only use hot water for washing clothing with oil stains, if someone in your home has been ill, or for sanitizing diapers. Rinse all loads using cold water. Washing in cold water with cold-water detergent is gentler on your clothes, plus it helps preserve their color.
Buy the correct size machine for your needs. Keep in mind that it’s more efficient to wash your clothes in a couple of full loads as opposed to splitting them up into smaller loads.
Turn Down the Temp:
Protect Your Pipes:
Insulate exposed hot water pipes to reduce heat loss.
1 ENERGY STAR®. Top 10 Tips for Renters! Retrieved October 8, 2012, from http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.es_at_home_tips_renters10
2 Goorskey, Sarah, Wang, K., Smith, A. (2004). Home Energy Briefs: #6 Cleaning Appliances. Snowmass, CO: Rocky Mountain Institute. Retrieved October 9, 2012, from http://www.rmi.org/rmi/pid217 (p. 2).
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