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High-Efficiency Washing Machines Save You Energy, Water and Money

| 7/8/2010 4:59:48 PM

Clothes must be washed, but how they are washed could save you money. Ever since the first high-efficiency washing machines hit the market and received the Energy Star label in 1997, laundry doers have been able to save energy and water every time they go to wash away the dirt and grime.

laundrySo what does high efficiency mean? A high-efficiency washing machine, known to most people as a front-loading washer, reduces water use by 40 to 60 percent and energy use by 50 to 60 percent per load, according to Energy Star and the National Geographic Green Guide.

When you're out shopping for a new machine, start by looking for the Energy Star label. The Energy Star label on the machine lets you know that it is 37 percent more efficient than a standard washer, but you also have to look for "high efficiency" in the name to get more water and energy savings. The Energy Star label just means it is at least 37 percent more efficient; it can be higher. If the washer is high-efficiency, it will say right in the name.

In the case of front-loaders versus top-loaders, more high efficiency front-loading machines exist. A few top-loading machines offer high efficiency, such as the Kenmore Elite Oasis. To find more washing machines, go to the Energy Star website and search for the specifics you are looking for in a washer.

Now there will be multiple choices out there, but look for the smallest model that fits your needs. If you have a larger family, a higher-capacity washer might be what you need, but otherwise, think about how big your washer really needs to be.

Once you have figured out what washer works for you, remember high-efficiency washing machines actually use different detergent. High efficiency detergent differs from regular detergent because it is a highly concentrated solution that doesn't create as many suds. Using normal detergent in a high efficiency machine can result in too many bubbles. This leaves clothes soapy because all of the regular soap does not rinse out.

8/1/2018 2:19:16 PM

Take this for what it is worth. We have discovered recently (the hard way) that most of the washing machines are built with plastic parts used in critical areas of the machine. A few years after purchase the machine breaks down or starts making a lot of noise. I am sickened by the thought of paying several hundred dollars on a washer only to be faced with a repair quote of several hundred dollars a handful of years later. Recently we had to decide on repair or replacement. Replacement with a new washer was only a couple hundred dollars more than the repair. The repairman (with no allegiance to any manufacture) indicated “Speed Queen” was the best built (metal parts, etc.) and with proper care will last a long time.

7/27/2018 7:33:26 AM

I know at lot of people who have front loaders and they dont seem to get items as clean and dont work as well as normal washers. Even new top load washers dont work as well as old fashioned ones. I had a washing machine from the 80's and was the greatest thing. Twice the size drum used about 50gallons but I had to do half the loads because of the drum size and clothes were barely damp when they came out

9/16/2013 1:15:14 PM

This is some piece of laundry equipment and it's claimed to be highly-efficient, which is great! Now all we'd need is highly-efficient commercial laundry-equipment. Actually, wouldn't commercial laundry equipment be high-efficient? I don't know. URL:

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