- Most of the energy used in washing laundry is used to heat the water. Use warm or cold water when possible, and always rinse with cold water.
- Don't use more detergent than you need. Excess suds may require extra rinsing.
- Don't over wash. A 10-minute cycle is usually enough for even very soiled clothes.
- Set the washing machine water level for the size of the load. If the machine doesn't have variable levels, wait until you have a full load.
- Use the soak cycle. It can save energy and money.
- Put full loads in the dryer, but don't overload. Overloading makes the machine less efficient and more costly to operate.
- Use warm or cold settings to dry, especially for permanent press clothes.
- Always keep the lint filter clean.
- Don't over dry clothes.
- The dryer will run most efficiently when drying clothes of the same thickness.
- Do two or more loads in a row.
- When possible, use an outdoor clothesline rather than a dryer.
NH Office of Energy and Planning
Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor | 107 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2155 | fax: (603) 271-2615