How to buy a low consuming washing machine

June 5th, 2011 - 

1. Size matters:

When choosing a washing machine do not forget to take a look at the load capacity. Don’t buy a big load machine if you are a single person with a small wardrobe. Choose a machine that reflects your household’s washing needs.
2. Cold and hot water machines:
It is always better to have a cold water machine and use solar heating to make this water to the properly temperature needed for washing. A cold water cycle uses almost 90% less energy than a warm or hot water cycle. If you use powder detergent it is better to dissolve it previously in the case you want your machine to work with cold water.
3. Low water consumption:
Look for the triple A rated machine: AAA. Do not forget that 16% of the water used in a household goes into washing machines.
Once you bought a new washing machine, there are a few steps to follow to prolonge its life: Clean the filters once in a
while. They may contain dirt of sand. Use the right amount of detergent accordingly to the water you use and the soiling of the load. Other advices: wash only on full loads, use phosphate free, bleach free, and fragrance free soap and try to hang laundry to dry instead of using special dry machines.

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