Whether you've realized it or not, your laundry machines use a lot of energy and water. Luckily, there are new more efficient alternatives to those old school machines.
There now an array of energy efficient washing machines and dryers out there (and they're pretty snazzy looking, too) by the big manufacturers, like LG, Maytag, Whirlpool, GE, and Samsung, that will help save you money on your water and electric bills. Inhabitat has a great post on some of the newest trends in greening your laundry room.
As for laundry detergent, most people don't realize all the chemicals they're putting into the water supply and into their clothes with the traditional kinds (i.e.: most of what's in the grocery store). There are now more eco-friendly brands out there that are allergen, phosphate and phosphorus free and just plain better for you and the Earth. Check out Grist's review of these green laundry detergents.
I hope this has been some food for thought about making laundry time a little more eco-friendly - just a few more ways you can green your lifestyle.