Cold Facts About Laundry!: Tip-of-the-Day #64


Fact: Laundry is responsible for 10% of our home energy consumption. Crazy, huh? But did you know that it costs far less to wash clothes in cold water because you aren’t using all that energy to heat the water first?!

Your clothes WILL get clean in cold water – it’s a myth that only hot water kills bacteria. And, a full 90% of the energy used in washing clothes goes toward heating the water, so it stands to reason that using less energy by washing in cold, unheated water would create significant savings. But just how much difference are we really talking about?

Seems pressing the cold/cold button (instead of the hot/warm button) on your washing machine and multiplying that by 392 (the number of laundry loads an average U.S. home washes in a year) can make an enormous difference in your water bill. How? Well, apparently a fully baked load of laundry costs between $1.00 and $1.50 to do at home (fully baked includes electricity, water and detergent). Of that, if 90% is electricity to heat water, or around 90 cents, you'll lower your expense by 90 cents x 392 loads = $353 annually! Now that's nothing to sneeze at.

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