Eye on Green: Energy Efficient Washing Machines

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In this age where economic instability is quite a common thing and energy supply is in demand, investing in energy efficient washing machines would be one of the best solutions homeowners can make. by: D. Karlson
Aside from the careful and wise use of energy, you can also cut down your electric bill since you will be saving on the electricity that you will be using while at the same time you also contribute to water conservation.

So how would you know if you are buying energy efficient washing machines or if you own one? Here’s a list of some of the features that you should be watchful of.

• Loading style of the unit – this appliance comes in various loading styles. Units may have a front opening or top opening where you can load the laundry. However, if you want to get the most economical unit when it comes to long-term use, getting a front loading unit will be the perfect choice. Such is attributed primarily to the larger space and capacity of this type of washing machine. As this is the case, you get to finish cleaning more laundry in less time using fewer liters’ of water and soap compared to doing the laundry with the same weight but with the use of low capacity units. But what is not so good about this design though is the fact that these machines are a little more expensive than top loading units.

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// <![CDATA[// • How much energy is consumed by the unit – this is expressed in kilowatts per hour and is often the standard amount of energy used by the model. A yellow sticker found on the front side of the unit reveals this. This is an energy guide, which will help you determine if you are getting an energy efficientwashing machine or not. By using the same label, you can also compare the model you are planning to purchase with other competing brands since this label did not come from the manufacturers themselves but from the Department of energy.

• Does it have an energy star – an energy star is actually a label that is given to units, which the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy hailed as environmentally friendly. Units that make use of energy in the wisest way possible are also given this tag. So if you see this tag on the machine that you are eying then you are getting energy efficient washing machines of quality and effectiveness in using various resources including electricity, water and soap.

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