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
Photo source: abt.com
|Brittany Rowland researches new developments in Appliances, Kitchen and CE products features with a vigor to which few would aspire… but someone has to do it. See more about Brittany|
Featured Washing Machine Articles
Front load washers are increasingly favored for their energy efficiency and conservation, but there is one potential issue with them that most people are unaware of: the risk of mold and mildew. Because the machines use less water, some have trouble draining away all the … [more]
Front loaders have become a popular choice in recent years, but people quickly realized they need an easier way to load and unload the washers. Bending or kneeling down to pull out damp, heavy … [more]
Most manufacturers of washing machines offer a one- year warranty, covering all parts and labor for the machine. After the first year, the warranty typically covers specific parts. When you’re buying a new washer, however, you’ll probably hear a sales pitch for … [more]
Related Top 10 Lists
More than ever before, people are looking for ways to conserve energy and water with their washing machines. Not only is it better for the environment, it’s also better for you each month when you pay the bills. Today all the major appliance brands are offering high efficiency (HE) washers, both front loaders and top loaders. The following … [more]
Looking for a washing machine on a tight budget doesn’t mean you have sacrifice quality or efficiency. Generally top loaders are less expensive than front loaders, but there are models in both styles that offer high efficiency and good performance for a reasonable price. Here’s an overview of ten of the … [more]
As we looked at a variety of dryers to select our top 10 models, we looked for specific features that improve and enhance the drying performance, such as: 1. Moisture sensors that are gentle on fabrics and save energy costs, 2. Large capacity tubs, 3. Useful drying … [more]