Washing and Drying
- Go cold. Most people in the appliance industry agree that, with modern detergents, cold water washes just as well as warm water.
- Combine two small loads into one full load to cut energy use in half. Your clothes washer uses about the same energy regardless of load size.
- Your dryer is also most efficient when fully loaded. Combine smaller loads of wash into one dryer load (without overloading).
- Same with your dishwasher: it uses the same amount of hot water regardless of how many dishes are loaded. So wash full loads whenever possible.
- When you replace your washer/dryer, consider a front-loading washer, which can reduce energy use by 50% or more, use less water and detergent, reduce drying time, and reduce wear and tear on clothing.
For more energy-saving tips and money-saving projects, visit www.oge.com or call an OG&E specialist at 1-800-272-9741.