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  • 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