How to choose the best washing machine
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Not all clothes washers are created equal. Anyone who wants to slash their utility bills immediately, there is one, specific thing to look for when you shop for a new machine so you can Do Your Part on laundry day.
The average household does 400 loads of laundry each year which burns a lot of electricity and uses about 13,000 gallons of water. If you want to slash your energy use and cut your water costs in half, look for a clothes washer with the government’s Energy Star rating.
You can find the Energy Star rating on certain front loading or top loading machines. They actually stream in the water instead of filling up the entire tubs. Most have no central agitators so you can also wash larger loads. The spin cycles actually work two to three times faster than conventional washers, so your clothes do not need as much time in the dryer.
In the end, you will cut $50 off of your utility bills each year and even more if you have a dryer that is more than 10-years-old. You will save enough water to fill three backyard pools over the life of the washer and you will save time by doing fewer loads of laundry.
Plus Energy Star rated clothes washers now come in wide range of colors and styles so they are actually fun to shop for. Now you can Do Your Part even when it comes to doing your laundry.