Environmental Help Desk Tip for Week of January 6, 2020

Be Cool about Washing

Set your clothes washer to the warm or, even better, to the cold-water setting. Switching from hot to warm for two loads per week can save nearly 500 pounds of CO2 per year if you have an electric water heater, or 150 pounds for a gas heater.

It saves even more to wash on the cold-water setting.  Check out your detergent’s instructions.  Many detergents work just as well in cold water as they do in hot or warm.

For further energy savings, dry clothes on a clothesline.  They smell fresh, dry quickly in the less humid winter air (as long as it is not freezing), and minimize use of energy consuming clothes dryers. 

You could also use a drying rack indoors.  Low indoor humidity in the winter makes indoor drying racks very efficient.

Provided by Upper Charles Climate Action – UCCA.350ma@gmail.com

Dawn Durning-Hammond


  1. Jean Spera on January 7, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Yup and then plug the iron in 😎
    Just saying I’m a big clothes line fan but you must iron them.

  2. Mary Alice Breinlinger on January 9, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Drying rack …..YES 😊

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