Wash your clothes in cold water

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Why It Matters

About 90% of a washing machine's energy use comes from heating up the water. Turn that knob to cold to help the planet while saving big.

Benefits for You

Washing your clothes on cold could save you nearly $250 a year if your household runs a cycle every day.

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  • How To Start

    The next time you do laundry, run it on cold and see if you can tell a difference. If you can’t, don’t touch that knob.

  • What Comes Next

    Learn the rare times you’ll need to wash with warmer water. If your laundry has serious stains, warm may be warranted. Check the tag to make sure.

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