If you wash your clothes with warm water and rinse them with cold water, simply switching to cold water on all your cycles could save you $4 a month or $52 a year. If you wash and rinse with warm water, your savings could double.
Since 80-90 per cent of the energy needed to do the wash is used to heat the water, you can save both energy and money by switching your washing machine dial to cold.
If all households in Canada that now use either hot or warm water to wash their clothes switch to cold water, 1.5 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide would never enter the earth's atmosphere. By switching to cold and using less energy, you’re not just saving money – you're also helping the environment.