Remember to wash full loads and use lower temperature settings whenever you can. Purchase "Energy Star" models for the greatest savings.
Line dry clothes when possible.
When laundry day comes, wash only full loads, but do not overload your machine. Wash smaller loads only when you have a small-load attachment or variable water levels.
Use the cold water setting on your clothes washer when you can. Using cold water reduces your washer's energy use by 75%. Be sure to clean your clothes dryer's lint trap after each use. Use the moisture-sensing automatic drying setting on your dryer if you have one.
Use the correct amount of detergent. Too many bubbles make your machine work harder and use more energy.
Presoak or use the soak cycle when washing heavily soiled garments like your kid's soccer uniform. You'll avoid two washings and save energy.
Up to 90 percent of the cost of washing clothes comes from heating the water, so use hot water only for very dirty clothes, and always use cold water in the rinse cycle.
Fill your dryer, but do not pack it like luggage bound for Europe.
A dirty lint screen can cause your dryer to use up to 30 percent more energy-and it can be a fire hazard. Clean the lint screen after each load. Lowly lint has little use, and maybe you'll find that missing sock!
Keep your dryer's outside exhaust clean. A clogged exhaust lengthens drying time and increases energy use.Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire. Manufacturers recommend using rigid venting material, not plastic vents that may collapse and cause blockages.
If your dryer has an automatic dry cycle, use it rather than a timed cycle.
Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the residual heat in the dryer.
Since lightweight items take less drying time, separate loads into heavy and light items. Underwear and rugs do better if kept apart!
Look for the ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuide labels
Install a solar clothes dryer (a clothesline)! It will give your clothes a "fresh outdoors" smell.