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More and more people are becoming “green aware” and everyone likes to discover effective ways to save money. Washing clothes in cold water does both. It’s good for the environment and good for the household budget.

Running the washing machine uses energy and that costs money. But a large part of the expense of washing clothes is heating up the water. To put this into perspective, here’s an observation made by Proctor and Gamble who are the producers of Tide Coldwater. They note that if every person in New York City washed clothes in cold water for just one day, it would save the amount of energy it takes to light up the Empire State Building for thirty days! That’s a lot of energy and a lot of money.

The US Department of Energy has published this piece of information: if a person washes his or her laundry in cold water 80% of the time, it would be a savings of $60 to $100 annually, depending on the volume of laundry.

Another way washing clothes in cold water saves money is that cold water does not fade the colors in clothing like hot water does. In addition, all those nasty protein-based stains such as eggs and blood are “set” in hot water, but come out in cold water. There is clearly a lot of money savings when one’s clothes last longer.

When you buy a detergent for use in cold water, be sure that it states on the label it is an enzyme-based, cold water detergent.