Going Green in the Laundry Room

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The "green" movement is growing stronger every day, and there's another easy way to 'go green' in your home - in the laundry room! The best ways to save energy and money and protect the environment, is, of course, to handwash your clothes in an earth-friendly laundry soap and then hang them to dry on your clothes line. And when you're done doing that, you can harvest your wheat, process it and make bread. Seriously.

What's a person to do that does make sense in our crazy, never-stop world? First, wash in cold water when you can and make sure you wash full loads whenever possible.

Also, another big energy-saving tip -- have your dryer vent cleaned! You probably clean the lint screen each time, but did you know that lots of lint gets by that screen and gets caught in your dryer vent? This lint is, most importantly, a fire hazard and should be removed. But it also makes your dryer work harder to move all that moisture from your wet clothes to the outside of your home, which adds more dryer time. One last place to check is the flap on the outside. It can also clog with lint and slow down drying.

The dryer is one of the highest energy consumers in your home, so it makes sense to ensure your dryer vent system is as safe and efficient as possible. Start with an inspection of your dryer vent system by a professional to ensure the material used is code-compliant and be sure to have your dryer vent system cleaned yearly.


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John Morrison
Buyer's Choice Realty - Ipswich, MA
Exclusive Buyernulls Agent, CBR - Boston Area Real Estate

Janice - good tips. I'm always trying to educate clients about going green (and myself in the process). It's nice to see the big companies embracing it, as they roll out more and more energy star certified products.

Sep 03, 2008 05:05 AM #1
Richard T. Dolbeare
Keller Williams Realty Maui - Kahului, HI
R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist

Don't laugh but many in Hawaii don't have dryers.  It's common for homes to have a clothesline in the garage or in yard for hanging out the laundry to dry.

Sep 03, 2008 05:08 AM #2
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Thanks for the tips. Sometimes the old ways are best. Drip dry is the greenest choice.


Sep 03, 2008 05:41 AM #3
Suzanne Champion
N.J. Realty - Westerville Ohio - Columbus, OH

Don't forget to look for Energy Star appliances.  Also, many recommend front-loader washing machines because they use less water - they also release less moisture into the house, which is good for ongoing mold prevention.

Sep 05, 2008 02:08 AM #4
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