Energy Efficient Clothes Washer Buying Guide

The state of the planet’s environment and the increasing costs are causing many people to look for devices and equipment which use energy more efficiently. An energy efficient clothes washer can be instrumental in providing a lot of savings in the long run and can save precious resources. As a home converts to more energy saving appliances and such, the amount of money you can save on your utility bills may be surprising.

When it comes to buying an energy efficient washing machine there are a lot of questions about features that become confusing and making a choice is often a long process. For this reason, we will discuss some important points and this article can become your buying guide for a washing machine. One of the most important aspects to discuss is of course the energy efficiency and savings a washing machine can provide.

In the UK, it has become quite easy to spot an energy efficient clothes washer because of the compulsory energy label each manufacturer has to provide for their models. This label is based on a grading system and the most energy efficient machine gets an A+ grade or higher. The least efficient one can go down to G. Now, it is important that you do not base your decision on the energy label alone. The energy label is only indicative of the efficiency of the machine in saving energy under a certain wash cycle, and therefore has no bearing whatsoever on the quality of the machine. It’s important to lean towards machines made by reputable manufacturers and those having a well-known brand in the market, as you are more likely to get a machine that will run well over a number of years.

When you compare top loading versus the front loading washer, it’s without a doubt the front loader that provides much better energy efficiency. Although top load washing machines are less costly to buy, they can prove to be more costly in the long run, compared to the front loading type. The front loading washing machine usually comes with a capacity that is larger than a top loading model. This means that you may tend to use the machine less often, as it can wash more clothes at a time. It also uses much less water and that translates into lesser electricity consumption for heating that water. The spin cycle also has a lesser load and the drying is done much more effectively, using less power.

Apart from the grading on the Energy Label, you also need to see pay attention to the figure next to the Energy Consumption kWh/cycle. When you use an appliance of 1000 watts capacity for one hour the energy consumed will be 1 kWh (one kilowatt per hour). The energy label on the washer is indicative of the consumption based on a wash cycle for cottons set at 60 degrees centigrade temperature. So if it says 1 then the machine is using one kilowatt in an hour for that particular cycle. So when this figure is lower, it proves to be much better as it is consuming less electricity. If it says 0.90 it means the machine uses 90% of a kWh.

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