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Tips to Save Water/Energy

With your roommate leaving the light on and the communal garbage cans filled with recyclables, it may seem like the green movement skipped over your hall. But regardless of your floormates’ dirty habits, every little bit you can do to conserve water/energy helps the environment. Be a trendsetter in your hall, be active in the movement to go green and your floormates' are sure to follow.

The following 9 tips will help you save water/energy, making your laundry activities as green as possible:

1. Wash only full loads. Washing full loads instead of multiple small ones can save up to 3,400 gallons of water a year. Click here to learn how full loads of laundry can help to save the environment.
2. Use cold water for rinsing when possible. Warm and hot water require more energy for heating. As much as 90% of the energy used by your washing machine is used to heat the water. The rinse temperature doesn’t affect the quality of the cleaning. 
3. Avoid using too much detergent, follow instructions on the box. Oversudsing makes your machine work harder, and requires more energy.
4. Consider using safe, natural, and non-toxic detergents and fabric softeners. These products can be found at: www.seventhgeneration.com,www.ecover.com, and www.earthfriendlyproducts.com.
5. Dry your laundry faster with leftover heat. Pick the dryer that still feels warm to the touch to shorten your drying time. 
6. Clean the dryer lint screen before and after each use, lint build up greatly reduces efficiency, helping to maintain proper air circulation ultimately speeding up your drying time.
7. Sort by fabric type when drying your clothes. Drying similar fabrics together reduces drying times and ensures even drying.
8. Overloading the dryer only lengthens drying time. Overloaded dryers may have to be run more than once wasting energy, time, and money. An average size load of clothing should dry completely in 40 minutes.
9. Air-drying your clothing will save energy and reduce wear.

 

**Source www.instituteoffabricscience.org “College Laundry Going Green” By: Whirlpool Institute of Fabric; Eartheasy.com

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