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Save Energy with a Greener Laundry Room

Your washer and dryer are two of the biggest resource hogs in your house. Between the two of them, they can produce 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, the same amount produced by driving cross-country in your car!

Quick Tips for an Environmentally Friendly Laundry Room

1. Invest in an ultra efficient Energy Star washer and dryer.

2. Only do full loads of laundry, use as little water as possible.

3. Up to 90 per cent of the energy used for washing clothes goes to heating the water. Run laundry on warm/cold cycle rather than hot. It gets your clothes just as clean and saves 80 to 85% of energy.

4. Only wash clothes that need it. Outer layers of clothing like shirts, sweaters and pants can be worn more than once without laundering.

5. Hang clothing outside to dry or inside in a dry, warm room and save energy.

6. If you must use a machine to dry your clothes, clean your dryer’s lint trap after every load to keep the air circulating efficiently. Lint build-up is also a fire hazard.

7. Switch to an Earth-friendly, non-toxic, organic brand of laundry detergent or better still, make your own!

8. Improve the efficiency of your hot water heater by insulating it, reducing the temperature to 120 degrees and if possible, switch to a tankless hot water heater.