WASH GREEN. BE GREEN. SAVE GREEN.

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Despite what Kermit the Frog said, it is easy being green. And it can save you a little money, too! Making a few changes to your laundry habits will help the environment and pad your piggy bank at the same time.

Set Your Washer to Cold

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 90% of the energy used by washing machines is consumed while heating the water. Hot water does get clothes cleaner, but with the help of specially formulated cold-water detergents that contain enzymes and surfactants, cold water cycles can easily get the job done. And washing your clothes in cold water has other perks, too. Lower temperatures reduce fabric shrinkage and color fading.

Dry Your Clothes on a Rack

The most energy-efficient dryer in the world can't save you more than a drying rack can. Pick up a collapsible drying rack, choose an out-of-the-way corner in your home, hang your clothes, and let nature do the rest. It will take a little longer (about six hours), but this method of drying is better for the environment and much easier on your clothing.

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