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Have you ever thought about how much water or energy your appliances are using? Energy and water conservation are hot topics and with Earth Day around the corner we wanted to bring a few facts to you about Energy Star. We are working with Best Buy who has the latest in energy and water efficient appliances in support of Earth day on 4/22.
When you purchase an appliance there is usually a yellow tag that is labeled ENERGY STAR. When you are purchasing a Washing Machine these are a few things you should look for in getting an ENERGY STAR certified Washers*:
They use less energy. On average, a new ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer uses 280 KWh of electricity and can save you $40 a year on your utility bills compared to a standard model.
They use less water. A full-sized ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer uses 13 gallons of water per load, compared to the 23 gallons used by a standard machine. That’s a savings of more than 3,000 gallons of water, per year!!
Do you have an older Washing Machine? Is your washer over 10 years old? Have you thought about how much it’s costing you to run this machine? Washers built before 2003 are significantly less efficient than newer models. If you have a standard clothes washer that is over 10 years old, it’s costing you, on average $180 a year.
Now your Dreyer is using energy too and you should get one that is also ENERGY STAR When purchasing one you should look for one that uses 20 percent less energy than conventional models without sacrificing features or performance. You should look for one that has Sensor Drying. Use sensor drying, not timed drying. ENERGY STAR dryer models incorporate advanced moisture sensors to help you reduce your dryer’s energy use. This feature ensures that your dryer will automatically shut off when clothes are dry. You should also want one with a low heat setting. Longer drying cycles on a low heat setting use less energy. When you purchase an ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryer, look in the informational materials shipped with the product for which cycle was tested for certification and how the dryer’s other cycles or settings may use more or less energy. You might also consider gas. Eighty percent of dryers in the US are electric. If you have the option, consider using a gas dryer to save money and reduce your environmental impact.
There are lots of brands that are ENERGY STAR certified and one brand in particular is LG. That last washing machine I purchased was an LG. Currently LG and Best Buy are promoting the LG Twin Wash and Sidekick. With the LG Twin Wash and Sidekick you can do two loads at once saving you valuable time. The innovative LG TWIN Wash is all about efficiency, helping you get more clothes cleaner in less time. With a combined capacity of up to 6.6 cu. ft., the TWIN Wash boasts an ergonomically elevated and angled door that makes loading and unloading easier. Plus, the LED control panel is located on the door, right at your fingertips. They contain a TurboWash technology that deeply penetrates fabrics for greater cleaning. TurboWash 2.0 feature saves up to 30 minutes on larger loads with outstanding cleaning performance. The Sidekick pairs with almost any LG front load unit. You can wash smaller loads without having to waste water by using the main unit. It is discretely styled with a concealed control panel, the LG SideKick not only functions as a secondary washer, but also raises your front-loading washer to a comfortable height and matches the pedestal beneath your LG dryer.
Other features include:
- 1.0 cu. ft. capacity is just the right size for cleaning smaller loads as often as you need
- Delicates, hand washables, and workout wear get the special care they deserve
- The LG direct drive motor has fewer moving parts for greater efficiency, plus a 10-year warranty
- Magnetic remote control offers a convenient way to start, stop, or select a cycle
So if you are in the market for a new washer and dryer make sure you check out all the ways you can save energy and water. Plus you can save some money too. You get free delivery on purchases $399 and over and you can get 18 months financing or 10% rewards increased from 5 to10% for April!) and 10% back in grocery purchases.