With consumers becoming increasingly aware and concerned with environmental issues, there is a growing demand for greener products. Kitchen appliances are some of the most energy hungry electrical household items and it is not surprising that this is one area that many people pay much attention to. Of all the appliances that we use, it tends to be washing machines that use the most energy. A fact that isn’t too surprising considering that we all need clean clothes. If you are looking at replacing your old washing machine then there are a few factors that you should consider to ensure that you make the right choice.
Understanding EU Energy Label
In 2010 the European Union put in place a new energy rating system for washing machines. Through the use of EU Energy Labels, consumers are able to quickly check each model to see how much water and energy it consumes. The rating system ranges from A to G, with A representing the most energy efficient models. Each washing machine is graded in three areas; energy efficiency, washing performance and spin drying performance, with the best models receiving an ‘AAA’ rating.
The EU have also added A+, A++ and A+++ ratings to reflect the huge improvements made in washing machine efficiency in recent years. Some manufacturers or stores may claim that specific models have an A++++ or even A+++++ energy efficiency rating. You should be aware that this is not an official rating awarded by the EU.
When it comes to how much water the washer consumes, this will also be displayed on the label. To give you an idea of what is a good figure; the best can use as little as 31 litres per wash, with the worst using as much as 60 litres per wash. Of course, there is no point in having a machine that uses little water, but which does not properly rinse soap from the clothes. Such models will actually use more water as you put the garments through another rinse cycle. It is therefore always a good idea to read customer reviews of any models that you are considering checking how they perform in the real world.
Considering Load Capacity
Having done a little research you might be tempted to get ordering that Bosche washing machine that delivers such efficiency with its EcoDrive. However, there are still a couple of other factors to consider before you do. It is important to take into account the size of your household and also your own laundry habits. If you have a large family or tend to save washing to do in one go; it could be that you are better off going for a washing machine with a larger load capacity. It will certainly work out greener to run one cycle on a 7 or 8kg washing machine than two cycles on a 5kg model.
The final issue to have a think about is the quality of the product that you are buying and how long it is likely to last for. Many modern washing machines are made to be disposable and as a result are manufactured in a way that makes them difficult or even impossible to repair. However, better quality models are made with longevity in mind and repairs are easier to carry out. In the long run, repairing an existing washing machine is kinder on the environment than replacing it with a new product.
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