Making it Green
What happens in a Laundry Room?
This room is where all of the clothes get washed, dried, hung up, folded, ironed, organized, etc. There are many parts to a laundry room but usually are not very large. Without the things in this room we would still be washing our clothes in a bucket and hanging them outside to dry.
WAY #1: Energy Efficient Washers & Dryers
To go green in your laundry room there are many ways and one would be to upgrade to a new washer and dryer with an Energy Star label. It may be more expensive to buy, but it will pay off in the long run. It will save you money on energy bills in your home because they use half the gas a standard washer & dryer would. The Energy Star washing machine only uses 18-23 gallons of water compared to the 40 gallons a standard machine uses.
Way #2: Energy Star Light Bulbs
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are simply curly versions of the long tube fluorescent lights you may already have in a kitchen or garage. There are many different light bulbs to help save energy and stay "green". This is only one example. These certain lights can pay for themselves in less than nine months, and then start saving you money each month. An ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL uses about one-fourth the energy and lasts ten times longer than a comparable traditional incandescent bulb that puts out the same amount of light.
Way #3: Environmentally Friendly Laundry detergent
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a system to let us know which products live up to their green ways. So we know what is good for the environment and what really isnt. This helps a ton in the end. Even knowing which chemical compounds to avoid can be difficult because they are seldom listed on labels. That's where the Design for the Environment logo becomes extremely helpful. You know that you're buying the best eco-friendly product.