Washing machines have long been a huge contributor to families’ high energy bills. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), the average American family washes 400 loads of laundry a year. Those gallons of water and kWh of energy add up quickly and can put a dent in your wallet if you’re not careful. Luckily, today more models are available that are energy efficient, saving you money and protecting the environment at the same time. Consider these factors when selecting your next washing machine:
Front Load Models
Front load washers use considerably less water than traditional top load washers. Because the drums are horizontal, they cut water use by 40%, and the fast spinning motion tosses the clothes around enough to get most of the water out, meaning less time in the dryer. Typically front loaders have a greater capacity and can hold more clothes per cycle, cutting down the amount of loads. These models are pricier when you buy them, but over time you save more in energy costs.
Many newer washing machine models have automatic sensors that determine the size of the load and add the appropriate amount of water. With this feature and other smart technologies, getting the most economical use out of your washer has never been simpler.
The DOE puts out this invaluable comparison guide on all washer models. The EnergyGuide label lets you know exactly how much energy your machine uses, how that compares to other models, and how much energy it spends in a year.
A joint effort by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the DOE, Energy Star recognizes the most energy efficient and eco-friendly products on the market. An Energy Star washing machine, either top load or front load, uses up to 50% less energy than other machines.
Also remember that 90% of energy costs comes from using hot water, so use hot cycles only for the dirtiest clothes.
Reading an EnergyGuide label
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