Wash clothes efficiently

About 90 percent of the energy used to do laundry comes from heating the dryer. To save energy and money, we recommend that you:

  • Use cold water to wash whenever possible and always use cold water to rinse
  • Adjust the water level to match each load size, especially when using hot water
  • Clean the dryer lint filter before each dry cycle
  • Do not overload the dryer
  • Use the auto sensor function, if available, to avoid the dryer running longer than necessary

Shop smart

Are you considering buying a new washer and dryer?

Here are some tips to save on energy and costs:

  • Look for ENERGY STAR® compliant washers that offer several water temperature settings.
  • Compare operating costs using the EnergyGuide label for washers.
  • The most efficient washers save both energy and water. They also spin faster, which reduces drying time.