DAY 25 – SATURDAY 21 MARCH
“Only use your washing machine when you have a full load. Run your washing machine at 30–40ºC [86–104º F]. Run at maximum spin to reduce drying times and avoid using a tumble drier.” — Carbon Fast for Lent
Do you typically wash in hot? Consider using warm. If you’re already a warm-water washer, think about really jumping off a ledge and using cold. Around the time of last year’s Carbon Fast, TerraPass posted an article claiming that for an average household that spends $72/year on electricity for clothes washing, switching to cold water will save 85% or $61. That’s certainly significant. For the environment: a 1,281 lbs. reduction in one’s carbon footprint — wow, that’s a lot.
Today’s mitzvah: Turn down the washer temps!