Tips for an Environmentally Friendly Laundry Room
1. Invest in an ultra efficient Energy Star washer and
2. Only do full loads of laundry, use as little water
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
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.