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Wash Your Laundry in Cold Water

Washing your laundry with hot water is a major use of hot water in the home. Most laundry does not require hot water for washing, and most modern detergents are designed to be effective in cold water. A family of four can save $100 to $200 per year by washing with cold water.

Did you know:

  • Hot water used to wash clothes is a major user of hot water in most homes.
  • An average household of four will wash 7 or more loads of laundry each week.
  • The Department of Energy estimates each load of laundry requires 32 gallons of water, which is heated up to 1300
  • If you have an electric hot water heater, you can save between a $100 to $200/yr using cold water.

What to do:

  • Set your washer to the cold water setting for both wash and rinse.
    • For heavily soiled and/or grease covered clothing, you may need to use warm water, but rinse in cold water.
  • Use the proper water level setting for the size load you are going to wash.
  • The next time you need to replace your washer buy a high efficiency (HE) model. Most HE washers use 50% less water.
    • The DOE Energy Star Program requires HE washers to reduce water usage by a minimum of 30%, so buy a high rated Energy Star washer.