Wash only full loads of clothes.Last comment by user_2 on 3 Sep 2009: See the rest of this discussion
DescriptionWhen doing laundry, wait until you have enough dirty clothes and linens to do a full load rather than filling the washer partially. Most washers use the same amount of water for a given cycle, regardless of how full the basin is. Even setting the controls to a small load, if an option on the machine, uses a set amount of water that might be too much for a partially full basin. If you are washing clothes in hot water, doing a full rather than partial load saves the energy needed to replenish the hot water used in a wash cycle. Waiting until you have a sufficient volume of laundry to wash also means saving time doing fewer loads.
- hot water
- year round
Assumptions We MadeAssume you are replacing a half load with a full load Assume 0.23 kWh/cycle for a 3 ft3 capacity machine (not energy star).
Each time you carry out this action, the immediate impacts are:
- Saves 0.02 dollars
- Saves 0.23 kilowatt hours
- Saves 0.31 lbs of CO2
Some actions also have additional impact over time. For this action, these are:
Potential Annual ImpactWe assume that this action will be carried out weekly (about 52 times a year). In this case, in a year you could save:
- 1.19 dollars
- 11.96 kilowatt hours
- 16.27 lbs of CO2
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