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How to Choose An Energy Efficient Washing Machine

The things you need to know when buying an energy efficient washing machine...

There are several things to consider when investing in a new washing machine that relate not only to the power they consume but also to the ability to recycle the grey water that results from their operation.

For a large family, washing uses a big portion of the electricity demand in the home and this will rise rapidly if you choose systems which need hot water heating as well.

Consider the fact that 90% of the energy demanded to hot wash comes directly from heating the water!

Today most machines come with an energy rating, the energy guide label.

The energy rating certifies that model's energy usage in kwh and will allow you to compare it with similar models on the market.

This guide offers you the added protection as it doesn't come from the manufacturer but instead the US Department of Energy.

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Not only does it mean you can tell how it performs against other brands but will give you an estimated annual energy usage as well.

The US Environmental Protection Agency in association with the US Department of Energy go one step further with the Energy Star rating.

You will gain information from this that recognizes the most eco-friendly and efficient appliances available in the market place that can help you reduce your water bills.

Not only that but it will offer choices that can save up to 50% of the operating costs of other models.

Washing machines come in two main types, front loading and top loading, and at the outset it is recognized that the latter are less energy efficient.

They are often cheaper and popular as a result but the front loading options have larger capacity meaning more washed for the same cost.

You also need to consider that there are savings here, not only in water usage with front loading models, but with a higher spin cycle speed more water is removed before the clothes enter a dryer.

It is not difficult then to realize the benefits of which machine type is best for you even if these may be slightly more expensive to purchase in the beginning.

The latest machines have auto sensors which can accurately assess your dirty washing size and adjust the water demand specifically.

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The benefit in this is that energy is saved in the water pump and less hot water is wasted during the process.

Water is a scarce resource and has a hidden cost in its reticulation to your home with the energy needed to pump it through pipelines.

The ability to cut back on demand and to recycle used water for the garden or lawn becomes important as well when selecting the type of machine best suited for your home.

We can take water for granted in our lives but pouring it down the drain is like throwing money away as well!

Remember also that like any appliance we operate, turning it off at the wall when its use has ended will also save you power.

Most washing machines have alarms that sound when the job is done so don't ignore this feature.

They also have settings that are manual so make sure that they are not continually set on large load or heavy hot water wash.

Use the ability to adjust for each load wisely and save power and money!

I hope this short guide is useful in pointing you in the right direction in building an energy efficient home.

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If in doubt look for those energy labels as your first point of reference and you won't go far wrong.

If you can't resist washing your clothes with hot water, you should check out this guide for building your own solar water heater: