For its shear volume and weight, I thought that operating the washing machine might require a lot of energy. While it is one of the new "high-efficiency" models, it must take a lot of work to spin that heavy drum so fast, right?
Running a load of clothes (using cold water, of course, after seeing Megan's reminder) for 70 minutes required 0.120 kWh. This averages out to only about 100 Watts. That's less than some light bulbs!
I think that tomorrow I need to do some research on the web (gasp!) to find a better strategy for cutting energy consumption. It turns out that my big and bright appliances are not using as much as I thought.