Kaitlin Gregg

Kaitlin Gregg is a student at Middlebury College and a former Grist intern.

Washed Up

400 — loads of laundry washed by a typical U.S. household in one year1 35 billion — loads of laundry washed every year in the U.S.2 74 — percentage of U.S. households with washers and dryers3 7 — percentage of washing machines replaced by U.S. consumers each year3 81,000 — annual electricity consumption, in gigawatt hours, of U.S. washers and dryers3 33 to 50 — percentage reduction in energy use by high-efficiency washing machines compared to conventional washers4 40 — gallons of water used per full load of clothing in a conventional washer1 18 to 25 — gallons of water …

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