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About 90% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water. Unless you're dealing with oily stains, the warm or cold water setting on your machine will generally do a good job of cleaning your clothes. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load's energy use in half. [11]

Source: [11] [U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)]

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