Practices to Save Water
Get a front-loading
Always use HE
(High Efficiency) detergent.
clothes washers are designed to use High
Efficiency detergent. Using regular
detergent creates too much suds, which will
affect the machineís washing and rinsing
performance. Over time, it can lead to odors
and mechanical problems.
Fill it up.
use about the same amount of energy
regardless of the size of the load, so run
full loads whenever possible.
Wash in cold
consumes about 90% of the energy it takes to
operate a clothes washer. Unless youíre
dealing with oily stains, washing in cold
water will generally do a good job of
cleaning. Switching your temperature setting
from hot to warm can cut energy use in half.
Using the cold cycle reduces energy use even
Use a drying
rack or hang clothes outside.
Where and when
possible, air-drying clothes instead of
using a dryer not only saves energy, but
also helps them last longer.
This super hot
cycle, available on some models, increases
energy use significantly. Only use it when
high spin speed option.
If your clothes
washer has spin options, choose a high spin
speed or the extended spin option to reduce
the amount of remaining moisture in your
clothes after washing. This decreases the
amount of time it takes to dry your clothes.
Leave the door
open after use.
washers use airtight seals to prevent water
from leaking while the machine is in use.
When the machine is not in use, this seal
can trap moisture in the machine and lead to
mold. Leave the door ajar for an hour or two
after use to allow moisture to evaporate.
Make sure children do not climb into the
machine while the door is open.
Rinse the washer
manufacturers recommend rinsing the washer
each month by running a normal cycle with 1
cup of bleach to help reduce the risk of
mold or mildew buildup. Consult the product
ownerís manual before attempting.
Purchasing a New Washing Machine
Ask for ENERGY STAR.
When buying a clothes
washer, ask for an ENERGY
STAR qualified model to be
sure itís energy efficient.
store locator to find a
retail outlet that sells
ENERGY STAR qualified
Check the yellow Energy
This label helps you
determine how much energy it
takes to operate the model,
compare the energy use of
similar models, and estimate
annual operating costs.
Learn How to Use the
Think carefully about the
size of the washer you need.
While a larger model will
obviously hold more clothes,
it will also use more
energy. On the other hand, a
model thatís too small will
require a lot more clothes
washing. ENERGY STAR
qualified models are also
available in stackable and
which fit in smaller spaces.
Choose a model with a high
Modified Energy Factor (MEF)
and a low Water Factor (WF).
Modified Energy Factor (MEF)
is a measure of energy
efficiency that considers
the energy used by the
washer, the energy used to
heat the water, and the
energy used to run the
dryer. The higher the MEF,
the more energy efficient
the clothes washer. Water
Factor (WF) measures water
efficiency in gallons of
water consumed per cubic
foot of capacity. The lower
the WF, the more water
efficient the clothes
washer. Both MEF and WF are
listed on the ENERGY STAR
qualified product list:
Look for several water level
washing machine that allows
you to adjust the water
level to match the size of
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