eco washing machine settings

Conventional washing machines use almost 40 gallons of water per load. Multiply that by the average number of loads an American family does per year, 400, and you’ll find the amount of water usage is quite shocking. 16,000 gallons of water per year just to wash clothes for one family alone. Not exactly environmentally friendly.

“But I no longer have a conventional washer. I switched to Energy Star appliances and use only a front-loading washer which drastically cuts down on water usage,” you quickly retort.

Okay, that’s a start in the right direction of how to use energy efficient appliances, But did you know that there are different settings, even on those energy efficient appliances, that allow you to spare Mother Nature from more undo strain? If not, let me share some tips with you.

First, utilize high-speed spin cycles in your washer. These cycles remove more of the excess water in clothing than their lower-speed cycle counterparts. This means that not only will the washing cycle be shorter, but the time the clothes spend in the dryer will also be less. Both of which reduce the energy you are using on the machine.

Next, use settings such as “Pre-soak” and “Suds-saver” on your washing machine. These settings usually allow the clothes to simply soak in cold water without the unit operating. Using these settings reduces the amount of energy you’re using.

Additionally, use temperature gauges on your washing machine. Some machines allow you to select the water temperature by degree. To heat the water, your machine or hot water tank uses energy. Burning that energy costs you money on your electric or gas bell. Therefore, by using lower temperature water, you’ll lose less energy and thus save yourself money on those respective power and gas bills.

Utilizing appliances in the most economic manner means you’ll be reducing the amount of overall energy you’re using, thus benefiting the environment. And just imagine if not only you and I start that practice, but our friends, family and neighbors follow suit. Before long, the world will spread and we’ll all be using our washers in a manner that is better for the environment.

Consumer Energy Center