Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Conserve: Water in the Laundry Room

There are not quite as many ways to save water in the laundry room as there are ways to save energy, but I still felt that the subject deserved to be explored.
  1. Run the washer only with a full load
    • It might mean that you have to go out and buy a few more packs of panties to make it through the month without doing your laundry every week, but if I can do it, you can too!
  2. Adjust your settings to accurately reflect the size of your load
    • If you have a smaller load (like your delicates) make sure that you adjust the load size thingy on your washer.
    • Do you really need to fill up the whole washer for a load of three sweaters? I don't think so.
  3. Wear your duds more than once before tossing them in the hamper
    • Most of the time your clothes are just fine to get folded and worn a few more times before they are really dirty (or smelly) enough to warrant a washing.
    • My personal rule is that everything (with the exception of pants which get worn for a few weeks) gets worn at least 3 times before it gets washed.
  4. If you're in the market for a new washer, consider this ...
    • Front load washers use a lot less water than top loaders (why? I'm not really sure.)
    • Getting a front load washer that has an energy star label? You are going above and beyond my friend.

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