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Sustainability Strategies: Laundry

  • (Residential) Only do full loads of laundry - make the water and energy go as far as possible. Be careful not to overstuff laundry machines! This can cause mechanical problems with the machines.
  • (Residential) 80-90 percent of the energy that goes into washing a load of laundry in hot water is used to heat the water. Try washing in warm or cold water.
  • (Residential) Try air-drying your clothes. Put a drying rack next to your heater or, on a sunny day, in front of the window.