How to Choose an Energy-Efficient Washer and Dryer

Posted by: Anna | 04/04/2017 at 09:30 AM

How to Choose an Energy-Efficient Washer and Dryer

How old are your washer and dryer? If they’re more than 10 years old, it’s definitely time for a new set. Older washers and dryers use an excessive amount of water and energy compared to newer models. They’re extremely wasteful and can cause your bills to be unnecessarily high. Today’s washers and dryers have advanced technology that save energy and water without sacrificing functionality and performance.

In fact, according to Energy Star, their certified washers use about 25 percent less energy and 45 percent less water than regular washers. And Energy Star certified dryers use about 20 percent less energy than conventional models. Ambit is sharing all the things you need to know in order to choose the right energy-efficient washer and dryer.

Know Your Laundry

The first step is to know your laundry needs. Do you have a family with kids where laundry is done several times a week? Are you a newlywed couple in a new house or a single person living in an apartment? Your laundry needs will determine the size and capacity of your new washer and dryer. Also, keep in mind any unique cleaning needs like getting rid of pet hair or clothes that need special care. These will help determine what specific features you’ll need in your washer and dryer.

Measure the Space

Next, you will have to determine your laundry space. It could be a separate laundry room, an extension of a room, a basement or even a closet! Your laundry space size will determine how big, wide and tall your washer and dryer can be. Measure the space and leave about six inches behind the washing machine and dryer for water and power hookups. Also, leave about an inch between the washer and dryer so that there’s enough space. Don’t forget to measure the door to make sure that your new appliances can fit through.

Energy-Efficient Washers

When it comes to choosing an energy-efficient washer, there are a few things to consider. The first thing is the type. Do you prefer loading and unloading your laundry from the front or the top of the washing machine? A top-loader without a central agitator is known as a high-efficiency (HE) washing machine. It cleans better, uses less water and is softer on the clothes than a clothes washer with an agitator. A front-load washing machine is usually more expensive than a top-load washing machine, but it cleans even better, uses less water and spins faster cutting down on the dryer time.

Washers also come in a variety of sizes: compact, medium, large and extra-large. Larger models will hold a lot more clothes, but will also use more water and energy. On the other hand, a smaller washer will use less energy, but may require many more loads to wash all your clothes. Depending on your preferences you can decide what size model you’d like for your clothes washers. Newer washers also have diverse features like a steam cycle, night wash, wool cleaning, delay wash, and more. Obviously, more options come with a higher price, but it may be worth the investment for your needs.

Energy-Efficient Dryers

The first thing to consider for dryers is the power source: electric or gas. Electric dryers are less expensive initially compared to gas, but they may cost more to operate over time. Also, be sure that your dryer has a moisture sensor or sensor drying. This is what really differentiates them from conventional models. The moistures sensor helps reduce energy use significantly. Rather than shutting off after a timer, the dryer will automatically turn off after it has detected that the clothes are all dry. This also protects your clothes from wearing out faster because of over-drying. Modern dryers also come with many innovative features like steam cycles that help prevent wrinkles and low-heat settings that use less energy.

Buy the Washer & Dryer Together

It’s best to buy your washer and dryer as a pair because they were built to work together by manufacturers. All the functions and features on the washer and dryer work together to cut time, save energy and use less water. By buying them as a set, you’ll have an extremely efficient laundry cycle.

With a new energy-efficient washer and dryer, you’ll be able to save energy and money! For more energy efficiency tips, check out the Ambit Energy blog.

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