A washing machine that fits the requirements of Energy Star is said to be energy efficient. With the backing of the government, Energy Star helps individuals and businesses safeguard the environment by employing energy efficiency standards. While buying and using a washing machine, you can look at and employ measures to ensure your machine is energy efficient and cost effective. So, what makes a washing machine energy efficient?
A washing machine is measured for its energy efficiency by counting how many wash cycles can be run using the energy per KW-hour. Check for the number of stars on your machine’s energy star rating. More the stars, better the efficiency of your machine.
Check the Energy Guide label on your machine to know the amount of energy consumed by the machine.
Look for a machine with different load size settings. While it is best to run a machine on full load to conserve energy, when you have a machine with different load settings, you can still conserve energy by selecting the appropriate load size.
It is also better to choose a machine that offers the choice of using hot or cold water. Cold water consumes less energy and must be employed for regular washing. Use warm wash once in every 5 cycles and a hot wash once in 10 cycles. Group your clothes to utilize these washes efficiently.
Between front and top loading styles, front loaders offer better energy and water saving features. Using lesser water than that used by traditional top loading machines, the front loaders can wash a bigger load of clothes. They use lesser detergent and employ gentler cycles. Their speed reduces the work of drying and saves energy.
When purchasing a new machine, go for a reputable brand and look for all the energy saving features.