Holy God, three in one.
Give me your perspective as I wash these clothes.
Thank you for providing the clothes that we wear
and for all the resources
and technology we use to wash them.
Help us to remember all the skill and effort of the people
who designed and assembled these garments.
Bless them, wherever they may be.
Make us more like you.
Give me your humility as I serve my loved ones.
May we find our identity in you and not in these clothes.
Help us to be good stewards of what you’ve given us,
but not to treasure them beyond their purpose.
Use this task to remind me that you’re continually
cleansing me and my loved ones.
Prepare us for tomorrow as we put on our clean clothes,
that we may have a fresh start to serve and honor you.
Today we look at how to save water while we are doing our laundry. If we make changes to our regular habits we can save a lot of water and also energy
- When washing by hand, make sure that the water you use is poured onto the garden (flowers and grass if soapy) or vegetables if it is your rinse water
- Hang up towels and re-use them for longer.
- Use Less Hot Water. Saving money in the laundry room has to start with hot water usage because turning cold water to hot water is the most energy-intensive part of the laundry process. Use warm or cold water when possible, and you instantly save on water energy costs.
- Run Full Loads. Rather than running many small loads of laundry, save them to run larger, fuller loads instead. Every time the machine is used, you’re consuming water, so consolidating washes will be more efficient.
- Use Size Cycles. When you need to run a small load for some reason, take advantage of the washer’s “small load” option/setting, which will use less water because it is washing fewer items.
- Skip the Extra Rinse. Many washing machines have an option for an extra rinse cycle, so skip this step to save water. Use the right amount of soap in the first place, and you won’t need it anyway.
- Insulate and Lower the Temperature on Your Hot Water Tank. Your hot water tank will function most efficiently when it’s insulated, so be sure to insulate it well — especially if you have an older model.
- When it comes time to upgrade your washing machine ask for an energy/water efficient one.