6 ways to Green Your Washing machine
Throwing a load of clothes in the washer needn’t guzzle your daily allotment of energy and water. Get a greener washing machine or green the one you have with the following tips.
Replace your older washer with a front-loading ENERGY STAR model to save water, energy, and, in the long run, even money.
Between 85 and 90 percent of the energy used when doing laundry is for heating the water.
Doing a full load will maximize the water and energy you use. If you have to do a small load, be sure to choose the appropriate water setting.
Avoid chemical cleaning agents that may affect ecosystems by contaminating soil and groundwater.
Reduce the amount of chlorine, phosphates, and petroleum-based chemicals that are released into the environment and onto your skin.
When replacing your old washer with a more energy-efficient model, keep it out of the landfill through proper disposal.