The washing machine and dryer that you choose will make a big difference to your electricity bills each month. This is one of the main reasons why more and more families will look into buying an ecofriendly washer and dryer. Your clothes will still get clean and you can still expect the same results but with less power wasted and at a reduced cost to you in the long run.
Green Washing Machines
The good thing about buying white goods these days is that most come with an ecofriendly sign to let you know how ecofriendly the machine is. You may find that an ecofriendly washer and dryer is going to cost a little more to buy but you should also notice that you will be able to save in the long run. An extra $50 for the four star machine instead of the three star machine will save you way more than $50 at the end of the year in hot water and energy costs.
Most ecofriendly washers are front loaders. What this means is that you load the clothes in the front, not through the top. While you will need to bend down to get your items in and out, you are also not using as much water to wash the clothes. A front loader takes much less water than a top loader because you don’t need to fill the basin to the very top just to wet the clothes.
Eco friendly washing machines also normally use cold water. For years people have assumed that you need hot water to get your clothes clean but this is not the case. Cold water mixed with the right cold water detergent will do the trick and cost a lot less in your hot water bills each month. So make the switch to cold water when you are looking into a new washing machine.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to use your dryer all the time. Just because it’s there, you shouldn’t feel obliged to use it. A dryer will use a lot of energy and if you are doing five or more loads of washing each week and using the dryer every time, then this is going to cost you a fortune in your energy costs.
The good thing about drying your clothes is that you don’t actually have to rely on a dryer at all. You can use the sun to dry your clothes or even wait for the natural air in your home to do the job. Of course, if you are in a rush then you might need to place the items in the dryer. If you have the time, hang your clothes outside in your backyard or on your balcony and let the natural sunlight do the job for you.
If you really love the smell and feel of clothes that have come straight out of the dryer, then place the items in the dryer for only ten minutes when they are almost completely dry. This will retain their softness but without wasting so much power. This is especially a good idea when you are drying towels as they tend to lose their softness if left out in the sun to dry completely.
Buying an eco-friendly washer and dryer is only one of the many ways to cut down on your energy costs. Turning the lights off, taking shorter showers and reusing your bath water are some other options.
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