Tip of the Week: Always Wash Clothes in Cold Water

Heating water to wash clothes and using the dryer to dry them is a waste of energy, causing unnecessary CO2 pollution, when cold water washes and drying in the sun or wind works better.

Heating water produces CO2 pollution and hot water is unnecessary for most washes. The clothesline or air-drying space is the best way to dry clothes and make them last longer, using the sun, ambient air temperature and the wind instead of electricity or natural gas.

  1. Wash clothes in cold water
  2. Running full loads saves water and energy
  3. Use cold wash, ultra concentrated detergents.
  4. Use the sun, wind and air to dry clothes wherever possible
  5. When buying your next washing machine get a water-saving front-loading model

The emissions saved would be equivalent to taking over 95,000 cars off the road for a year, or growing a new forest of 2,000,000 trees.

Estimate CO2 saved by doing this activity: 400 KG/year and 33 KG/Month

Info from http://www.1millionwomen.com.au/activities/12/