I am one of those people that likes to know why.
Why are plastic bags bad for the environment? Why are phosphates bad for water systems? Why are front-loading washers and dryers “green?”
Who do I turn to when I want to know why?
Why Google of course.
I found this very informative Energy Star website that answered all my why questions and then some.
Here are a few of the things that I learned/confirmed about front-loading washers:
- Using a horizontal or tumble-axis basket to lift and drop clothing through a small amount of water instead of rubbing clothes against an agitator in a full tub of water dramatically reduces the amount of water used in the wash cycle.
- Efficient motors spin clothes two to three times faster during the spin cycle and extract more water. Less moisture in the clothes means less time and energy in the dryer.
- Front loading washers have extremely efficient sensors to monitor incoming water temperature.
- Front loaders rinse clothes with repeated high-pressure spraying instead of soaking them in a full tub of water.
- Their gentle way of washing not only lengthens the life of often-washed items, many models can safely clean silk, wool and other hand-washables (I can vouch for that)
- Without a bulky agitator, there is more usable space in the washer for laundry (including larger items like comforters). More capacity means fewer loads (Another thing I can vouch for. The sales rep told us that we can load it up with the equivalent of 21 large bath towels. I have found this to be true. Easily.)
- When using front-loading washing machines you should use special HE detergent which is a low-suds detergent and typically formulated to wash clothes better in cold water (again saving energy by not having to heat the water).
- 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 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. (It is funny that they should mention this because just this morning I walked by the laundry room and saw 2 little feet sticking out of the dryer. My daughter was searching for her favorite pair of Cinderella underwear.)
It is amazing what you can learn with a quick Google search!
I would highly recommend perusing the website for yourself. They have lots of information about Energy Star; lighting, water heaters, rebates, purchasing locations, a kid’s page, FAQ, etc.