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Those New Energy Efficient Clothes Washers
Editor’s Note: An Energy Office staff member tested this new type of washer and offered his assessment.
Our family recently purchased one of these new clothes washers. It’s a lesser known top loading unit, that was actually half the cost of some name brand front loading models with the same “faster spin cycle” feature. The price was comparable to other models on the market which did not offer the faster spin cycle.
Testing the Technology
The day after installation, the new clothes washer got its first test. I was a bit nervous about how our purchase would work. Would it actually spin the clothes dryer than a standard unit? Had a mistake been made in not going with a name brand? So on this particular day, I’m making intermittent calls home for a wash day update.
The answer to my first call was a don’t bother me type of “Yes it’s doing fine!” The answer to my second call was a quizzical, and alarming, “Well the washer seems to be O.K., but the dryer doesn’t seem to be working right!” Thinking to myself, ‘great, more repairs,’ I asked, “Why what’s wrong with the dryer?” “Well, when I remove the clothes from the dryer, they aren’t hot,” was the reply.
With a picture of damp clothes hanging on a line, my first thought was that another high temperature switch needed replacement, which I’ve had to do in the past. Then it dawned on me: the dryer had a cool down cycle! I asked if the clothes were dry coming out of the dryer, and received an affirmative answer.
This dryer had been in use for about ten years,
Would this new washing style add more stress to the clothes, causing them to fade faster, or tear sooner? I’m happy to report that we’ve had our new washer for several months and have not noticed any increase in fading or wear.
Does the new style of clothes wash does save energy? Yes, and it also saves wash day time, saves wear on your dryer by reducing it’s run time, can be purchased for about the same money as a conventional washer, and in our case, gives us less wrinkles.