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

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

Tags: conserving water, energy efficiency, energy efficient appliance, saving water,

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.

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: http://www.coinomatic.com/

10/19/2010 5:02:54 PM

I purchased an LG front loader 4 years ago for the purpose to save energy.It has been the worst mistake of my life. It did begin me on a path to write a book. I spent three years researching, interviews and came up sadly that it is all about marketing. Energy Star has proven to be not worthy and the manufacturers of all of these machines liars. I have interviewed each and everyone, two years ago they all denied mold problems, and now they are selling products to stop the mold. They all insist to use HE soap. I am filmilar with trademarks and copyrights and notice there is no registration mark at all. Calls to national headquarters confirmed my worst fear, they do add more chemicals so you do not get more bubbles, but you can do this by only adding 1-2 Tablespoons of any detergent. Many interviews that I did with detergent companies also boldly lied about their products telling me that they had to go through strenuous paper work, some companies made it sound like they went through military maneuver to receive the HE seal.There is no such thing as an energy saving dryer, yet Sears will commonly have an Energy Seal sign sitting on top of their dryers. I am in no means trying to sell you my book, but please visit my web site www.laundrywisdom.com and send me your questions and I will gladly send you my research and comments. I have found that Listerine works great in getting rid of the mold. Any fabric softener is a sure death to your machine. Please e-mail me for more informat

Izzy Lou
7/26/2010 2:18:30 AM

I am the owner of a GE Frontloading washer (and dryer). I am very pleased with the dryer and feel it is the best appliance I have ever purchased. However, the washer seems to work perfectly 75% of the time. It seems to have problems spinning out the water when I have a heavy item such as a bath towel washing with lighter items such as bed sheets. The cycle will finish but leave the items soaking wet. To spin out the water properly, I am forced to remove the items, set the machine to "rinse and spin" and wait through the rinse cycle, till the spin cycle begins. I then stop the machine and add the items, spin the items out, then repeat this procedure as many times as required! Unlike a top loader which allows you to select "spin" at will, a frontloader must go through a wash cycle before it will spin. And for this reason I get very frustrated with my frontloader. I find I can't always depend on the washer to spin the clothes out properly........but on the occasion it does......it is absolutely fantastic!!

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