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Posted by Linda Merrill | Oct 27, 2009

Energy-Efficient Washing Machines

Energy Efficient Washing Machines

Did you know that the average American family does 400 loads of laundry a year and an older washing machine can use upwards of 40 gallons of water PER load? 16,000 gallons of water, not to mention electricity, is simply too much these days. The purchase of an Energy Star® rated machine can save thousands of gallons of water and many kilowatt hours-both a savings for the environment and your pocket book. In addition to purchasing an Energy Star® rated appliance, the size of the appliance can impact your usage as well. If you don't have a large family, a smaller appliance may be all you need, thus reducing costs even more. While not as popular in the U.S. as they are in Europe, front loading washers are well known to be much more energy efficient than top load machines, as they use less water and electricity. Top loading machines require that clothes sit fully submerged in water and require clutch and gear systems to agitate the drum so that the clothes circulate up and out. A front loader washer requires less water because the action of the machine tumbles clothes through a small amount of water. In both cases, however, always select machines with high spin speeds as the more water removed from the clothes before drying means less energy used on that end as well.

Amana Super Capacity Front Load Washer

This small capacity washer is Energy Star® rated. It saves over 10,000 gallons of water and 44% of energy consumption over a year of average use. The extra spin cycle means greater economy in drying time and this washer is small enough that it can be stacked with its companion dryer for small spaces. Photo credit/available at: Reliablemaytag.net.

Frigidaire 3.1 CF (Cubic Foot) Front Load Washer

This Energy Star® rated machine offers a small capacity with the energy savings of a front loading machine. This is a "load and go" machine, which means that it will automatically dispense the correct amount of detergent, bleach and fabric softener-a great feature if you're like me and 90% of the time, forgets to add the bleach! Advanced rinse technology allows for an extra fresh water rinse, which leave the whites white, colors more vivid and clothes feeling fresher in general. Photo credit/available at: Epinions.com

Frigidaire 3.5 CF Front Load Washer

The super capacity allows for large loads, which for larger families is a big savings overall. This Energy Star® rated machine has an automatic water level sensor that adjusts the water level for the size of the load. Extra rinse and spin cycle options, 10 cycles and 4 spin/heat settings makes this a super flexible appliance that will meet ever changing laundry needs. Photo credit/available at: Nunnco.com

Whirlpool 4.0 CF Super Capacity Washer

This sexy red machine doesn't just have looks alone! It's super capacity and Energy Star® rating means this top loading machine is a work horse. Six water temperatures and water level sensors based on load size helps save on both water consumption and energy costs. This is one of only a relative few top loading machines that have achieved an Energy Star rating. Photo credit/available at: http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=299417-46-WTW57ESVH&lpage=none

LG 3.5 CF 5-Cycle Super Capacity Washer

Five wash programs and five temperature options means that this front loading washer provides a fully customizable wash for your clothes. The "SenseClean" wash system adjusts the water level and wash time automatically based on load size and weight. Washer can also be stacked with it's companion dryer for smaller spaces. Photo credit/available at: Bestbuy.com

Samsung Neat White 4.0 CF Front Loading Washer

The Vibration Reduction Technology™ of this front loading washer means quieter operation for use near the bedroom or living areas in the home. The large capacity means fewer loads for those with big laundry needs and fewer loads means reduced energy and water consumption. The compact 27" width and options for stacking with the matching dryer make this an excellent product for those who have limited space availability. Photo credit/available at: Seeitfinditgetit.com

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