Energy Efficient Laundering


For most of us, laundry is an arduous, endless chore. Separating, sorting, washing, rinsing, drying, and folding are no fun. The tips that follow may not turn laundry into laugh-time, but they may at least show you how to feel a little better by making you a better steward of the environment.

Clothes washers and dryers use heaping amounts of energy through operation and heating. In fact, the water-heating process uses 90 percent of the energy used by a washing machine! Yet, there are steps you can take to reduce this massive energy use and to help improve the environment.

How Does All This Benefit the Environment?

First, by reducing electricity consumption, the power plants that provide electricity generate less pollution. Second, using less fossil fuel increases the fuel supply for other purposes and reduces our reliance on foreign sources of energy.

These energy efficient laundry tips come to you from Clean Air Counts, a six-county Chicago regional initiative of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region V, City of Chicago, and Illinois EPA. It seeks significant reductions in smog-forming pollutants and energy consumption.