Washing: 80% of the energy that is attributed to our clothes is actually used when we're washing them. In the U.S. 4.5 billion gallons of water are used each day in the U.S. just washing clothes.
- Wash your clothes only when necessary. Quite often we wash clothes when we really don't need to. (Do you have an office job and change as soon as you get home. You probably don't need to wash that outfit every time.) Bonus: your clothes will last longer, too!
- Wash your clothes in cold water. Cut carbon emissions by 100 pounds and save up to $64 per year on your energy bill.
- Dry your clothes on the line in the spring and summer. (I even set up a clothes rack inside in the winter!) You'll save 700 pounds of carbon dioxide! Again, Bonus: your clothes will last longer!