Clothes washers, dryers, and dishwashers save time and our personal energy, but they use natural resource energy to heat the water used to clean our clothes and dishes. In fact, almost all the energy used by clothes washers and dishwashers is for heating the water. So, what's the best way to reduce this energy? The answer is: reduce the amount of hot water you use, which in the end, will save you money, too!
When it comes to laundry and dishwashing, the best energy-saving advice is to:
Do it right the first time, so you don't have to re-wash clothes and dishes.
Do it efficiently, so you use the least amount of water and heat. In other words . . . don't wash your energy and your money down the drain.
- In a typical U.S. home, appliances are responsible for about 20% of the energy bills (clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, ovens and ranges).
- Water heating uses 14% of the energy in homes — it's the third largest energy expense in U.S. households
— U.S. Department of Energy
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