Like dishwashers, most of the energy used to wash clothes is for heating the water. Water heating accounts for 70% to 90% of clothes washer energy use — even more than with dishwashers. New resource-efficient washers provide excellent wash performance while cutting energy and water use by half or even more. These resource-efficient models also use higher spin speeds to extract more water from each load of clothes, saving significant dryer energy as a result. While you can’t eliminate hot water from dishwashing, you can select the cold water cycle on your clothes washer to substantially reduce or even eliminate water heating energy consumption associated with your laundry.