Washing your clothes is a necessity. However, keep in mind that
laundry uses 22% of all water in your home! In order to maximize
the efficiency of your laundry, only do full loads.
Another way to save water is to ask yourself "Does this really need washing?"
A lot of times, people wear clothes for only a few hours, and then discard
them as "Dirty". Use discretion in when you wash your clothes.
Washing machines have come a long way in the past few years. Newer
models are more energy- and water-efficient than ever. Horizontal-axis
(or front loading) washing machines are becoming more popular. These
attractive and space-conserving machines use about half the water
of conventional washing machines. They have also been found to wash
clothes better than standard models, and require less detergent
per load (reducing the potential amount of chemicals entering the
If you would like to replace your washing machine, take alook at how the Consumer
Reports Magazine rated the various designs.