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Quick Tip: Wash Clothes in Cold Water

Stop listening to the old wives tales: Wash your laundry in cold water.

A whopping 90% of energy used for washing clothes is heating the water (Planet Green).  If you select that cold/cold option for 4 out of 5 cycles, you’ll save 72 LBs of carbon dioxide emissions this month alone!  (It’s also good for your wallet – You’ll save $60-100 a year on energy bills too!)

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

2 thoughts on “Quick Tip: Wash Clothes in Cold Water

  1. This is true. The heating element of your washer gobbles up a lot of energy. You can pre-treat stained clothes and then just use the cold water cycle of your laundry. This way, you can save up a lot on energy.

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