Washing full loads in cold water saves more water and energy.

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Usage Tips

  • Faster is better. Faster spin cycles rid clothes of more water and aid in drying times.
  • Adjust water levels. Adjust the washing machine so that water levels match the load of laundry.
  • Wait. Wash only full loads.
  • Use cold water. Wash your clothes in cold water. A slight 10 percent of the electricity consumed in washing a load of clothes goes to run a washer's motor; the remaining 90 percent is used to heat the water. Washing clothes in cold water can cut CO₂ emissions down by 100 pounds and save you up to $64 a year on your energy bill. In situations where hot water is necessary (for instance, to kill dust mites in bedding), use cold water to rinse.
  • Use less detergent. You'll save water by not having to run extra rinse cycles. Some washing machines have programmable wash cycles, which include water level and water temperature settings.

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