No longer will I use the “hot” or “warm” settings on my washing machine. According to Green Is Sexy, heating water accounts for 80% to 90%. Well that’s just too much in my view. On the other plus side, my clothes are sometimes fairly delicate and the cold water helps everything in the wash get along without having to run a bunch of different loads depending on the type of clothes. I just run full loads of whites, darks and delicates on cold and watch as my clothes come out all nice and wonderful.
I also don’t dry my delicates. Those are hung or laid to dry naturally to preserve their wear so I’m cutting some energy usage there too. The rest is just too much to air dry so I use the dryer to get them as dry as possible and let them air dry any further after that.