Picking Your Energy Efficient Washer and Dryer
To save on the environment and on your wallet, the purchase of a needed washer or dryer should be energy efficient ones. An energy-efficient washer and dryer can make the difference between having a high hydro bill or low one. With the cost of hydro slowly making a climb up and the population growing, anything that is energy efficient will save you money. Energy Star reports that the average American family washes up to 400 loads of laundry per year. According to Utilities Consumer Advocate, new clothes washers and dryers use approximately 57% less energy than the average of those models in homes today. Energy star model washer’s use up to 50% less energy and 40% less water. That is a lot of savings in your pocket if you are using old, less efficient models. Choosing the right appliances for you depends on a few different factors. Let’s cover all the possible options and then making the choice is solely up to you.
How much room do you have to spare? If you are living in tight quarters, an apartment sized washer and dryer will save you the headache of trying to squeeze in a full size washer a dryer. Energy efficient apartment size washers and dryers come in models that are stackable or fit under the counter. Full size washers and dryers are better if you have the room for them and the demands of a family. Energy efficient washers and dryers come in all sizes available, but a point to remember is the larger the washer or dryer, the more energy it uses.
Features to look for
Look for the Energy Star label on the washer and the energyGuide label on the dryer to ensure that they are energy saving. Other features to look out for are:
Front loading or top Loading ? Front loading washers are more efficient. This is because they do not completely fill up. New top loading designs are also more efficient than the old conventional models. They use sprayers to wet the clothes but according to Consumer Reports, may not clean clothes as effectively.
Water level control switch : Does the washer have multiple settings for the size of load that you are washing?
Temperature controls : Approximately 90% of the energy used while washing is caused from the water temperature switched to hot or warm.
High speed motors : An efficient high speed motor will remove more water from the clothes and in turn reduce the drying time in less time because of the motor doing the job faster.
Sensor for the dryer : A sensor to detect whether the clothes are dry is a feature worth using. It means potentially less drying time. The dryer then turns off automatically once the clothes are dry.
Finally, choose models that have a high Modified Energy Factor and a low Water Factor. MEF is a measure of energy efficiency used by the washer, the energy used to heat the water and the energy used to run the dryer. The WF measures the water in gallons per cubic foot capacity.
To switch to an energy efficient washer and dryer will save you money and in fact pay for itself over time. Look at the make, size and model and choose according to the energy labels, the reputation of the company and the size needed. If you are often doing laundry and have high electrical bills, an energy efficient washer and dryer make sense and will save you money.
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