One of everyone's favorite things to do is laundry. Well, ok maybe it is not, but it is an unavoidable chore. Regularly laundering your clothes will not only keep them clean and smelling good, but it can also help them last longer.
Even though cleaning your clothes is an essential chore, it’s important to consider water efficiency. Fresh water supplies in the world are continually dwindling.
It may not affect us today, but future generations will likely have a much harder time surviving if we do not start becoming more conscience of this today.
How Much Water Does a Washing Machine Use on Average?
According to ConsumerReports.Org, washing machines that are more than 20 years old, use more than 40 gallons of water per wash on average. Today’s standard washers use much less water and range from 20 to 25 gallons of water per cycle.
Consumer Reports found that HE top load washers average between 12 to 17 gallons of water per cycle while HE front load washers average only 7 gallons per load. High efficiency washing machines have had drastic decreases in water usage since their development and typically use less energy compared to a standard washer.
How to See Estimated Water Usage for Models
You have likely noticed the yellow labels on some appliances while shopping. These are called an Energy Guide and they can provide you with the following information:
• Maker, model number, and size of the appliance.
• Estimated yearly operating cost (based on the national average cost of electricity), and the range of operating costs for similar models.
• The ENERGY STAR® logo indicates that this model meets strict criteria for energy efficiency.
• Estimated yearly electricity consumption.
• Key features of the appliance and the similar models that make up the cost comparison range.
The numbers shown on each appliance’s Energy Guide are just estimates. Keep in mind that your actual water and electricity usage will vary based on the area that you live in and how often you use your appliance. Even with this in mind, these estimates are a great tool to compare appliances.
Although not all appliances have an Energy Guide, the ones that do require this information have to be added by the manufacturer. The Federal Trade Commission provides a helpful list of appliances that use the Energy Guide.
Washer & Dryer Combos
A washer dryer combo is a machine that does both the washing and the drying. These are great for RVs, smaller homes, and apartments.
HowStuffWorks.Com can really give you a great breakdown on all the options and features these machines have. According to VEHQ.Com, some models can use around 20-25 gallons of water putting them at about the same water usage as a standard washing machine. However, this can vary depending on the age of the machine and the size.
One of our favorite, energy-efficient models is this Haier 24” Front Loader. According to the Energy Guide, they average its usage at $6 per year. The machine comes with a Stainless-Steel Drum, Compact Fit, Non-Vented Condensing Drying, and runs on 120 Volts. Some other features this washer and dryer combo offers include:
• Spin cycle on/off option
• 24-hour delay start
• Pre-wash option
• Variable temperature settings
• Adjustable leveling legs
Shop for Eco-Friendly Washers at Queen City
If you are ready to upgrade your washing machine to a newer model that is more energy-efficient and uses less water, Queen City can help you find the perfect appliance for your home.
Our appliance stores have several locations you can choose from serving the Carolinas in Charlotte, Salisbury, Morganton, Monroe, Pineville, and our new store is coming soon in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.