Washing machine water and energy efficiency


Part of the washing machine cost is the upfront price, […]

Part of the washing machine cost is the upfront price, and the larger aspect is the operating expenses. Every time you use 40 gallons or more of water, the washing machine will quickly increase your monthly water bill. A large amount of water must be heated first, which also increases gas or electricity bills. In order to greatly reduce the total cost of owning a washing machine, look for models that save water and energy.

Older washing machines use 30 to 45 gallons of water per load. Modern high-efficiency washing machines can only use 15 to 30 gallons of water to wash the same amount of laundry. The high efficiency benchmark is now 5 gallons per cubic foot of capacity. An efficient 3.5 cubic foot washing machine uses approximately 17.5 gallons of water per load.

For simplicity, look for the Energy Star logo of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Facts have proved that electrical appliances that meet Energy Star standards are 10% to 20% more efficient than non-Energy Star similar appliances. In addition, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) ultra-efficient household appliances program provides a graded rating. The first tier is roughly equivalent to Energy Star qualification. Washing machines with higher levels, up to level 4, show higher efficiency levels.

Other convenience
The latest washing machines provide many technical conveniences, making laundry days easier. Look for upgrades, for example:
Reversible door for easy setting on both sides of the dryer
Quick wash cycle
Automatic water level
Start of scheduled period
Indoor lights
Ventilation system and maintenance cycle to keep the machine clean and fresh
Wifi connection and application for remote operation
Compatibility of smart home devices
Automatic detergent dispenser
The fresh clothing ventilation system can ventilate clean clothing when it is put into the drum and keep it fresh until it is unloaded.
With dryer function, the washing machine can also be used as a dryer (for small loads)