Should I Buy a High-Efficiency Washing Machine?

Many consumers are concerned about our environment and the impacts that our actions have on it. Living “green” and economically responsible is something that many take seriously. There are all sorts of small things that we can do through our lifestyle to create a more Eco-friendly space, such as: recycling paper products, re-purposing old furniture, consolidating vehicle passenger loads, reducing environmental clutter and even purchasing Eco-friendly home appliances like energy efficient washing machines.

That last question is being asked more frequently. Should you own Eco-friendly washing machines? Are they better? Worse? More expensive? Easier to maintain?

The choice to purchase and use Eco-friendly home appliances is certainly a personal one, but there are several factors that can help you make that decision either way. Let’s take a look at a few facts about choosing Eco-friendly washing machines and you decide:

1. Eco-friendly machines use significantly less electricity than their top-loading counterparts. The spin cycle is much more powerful, which leaves clothes drier and shortens the time that they will be in the dryer. This is a plus for lowered utility bills and the impact on the environment. However, this powerful spin feature sometimes causes clothes to tangle up and wrinkle. And because the spin motion is so forceful, sometimes the machine vibrates and shakes rapidly. This can cause potential floor damage after repeated activity, but can easily be remedied with pads underneath the machine to ward off potential problems.

2. You will need to use an approved detergent for high-efficiency laundry machines. Failure to do that can cause significant problems with your machine. The special detergents are formulated to work well with these machines, but can also cost much more than standard cleansers. However, the plus side is that you don’t have to use as much product, which means that you’ll save money by not having to buy detergent so frequently.

3. High-efficiency machines sometimes do not empty all of the water completely that’s used to clean the clothes. There is sometimes a small amount of water left in the machine. Because of this, standing water is a result, which can cause mould and mildew to form. This eventually leads to smelly clothes and sometimes an odour in the unit. However, you can offset any problems by regularly cleaning the rubber gaskets and seals inside the unit with a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar or bleach. Do this about once a month. This prohibits the growth of mildew around those seals and keeps it from growing.

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