Eco friendly washing machine are what the washing machine manufacturers are fighting to design.
Eighty percent of the energy consumed by our clothes is in washing them.
One way to make your clothing eco friendly is by choosing eco friendly materials like hemp clothing and bamboo clothing instead of the conventional cotton. However whatever your clothes are made of, they still have some footprint in their maintenance. Washing, drying and ironing them do have significant impacts on the environment.
Washing clothes also requires a lot of (fresh) water : 3785411L each week in Australia. No wonder with such impacts on the environment, the washing machine manufacturers are competing in developing a design that is water and energy saving.
The front-load washing machine is more water and energy efficient compared to the top-load type.
Front Loader Washing Machine, the Green Washing Machine:
This smart machine could use down to much less energy, water and detergent! Not enough with just being a water-saving washing machine and an energy-saving washing machine at the same time, this eco washing machine will give you more advantages :
-Longer Life of your clothes
How to make your clothes washing even more eco friendly:
Use washing machine certified with Energy Star logo. Devices with Energy Star logo generally use 20% – 30% less energy than required by international standard.
To make your laundry done in even more eco friendly way, operate your washing machine with solar energy.
Some advantages to environment brought by eco washing machine:
-Reduce household carbon emission tossed to the atmosphere due to its efficient energy consumption
-Help the water conservation as it uses less water.
-Saving the water and aquatic life as it uses less detergent.
Your dishwasher is the most eco-friendly of your large household appliances.
Hand washing your dishes actually uses more water and energy than running your dishwasher.
A full load of dishes run through a modern dishwasher and allowed to air dry uses 35 percent less water than hand washing. Of course there’s the environmental impact of producing a dishwasher and the dubious recyclability of some of the components to contend with, but the longevity of these appliances (10-15 years), negates a lot of that impact.
As with most Energy Star rated appliances, the program has procured giant leaps in efficiency from the manufacturers (20 years ago, dishwashers used 38L of water or more per cycle).
Today they must use no more than 16L to qualify as Energy Star, and many use much less. The less water used, the less energy needed to heat the water (energy star dishwashers use less than 295 kWh/year, or 1.37 kWh per cycle).
Remember the Water:
An average family spends 14 percent of their monthly energy bill on hot water. Heating water is the third largest energy expense in the home.
Just over 50% of the energy a dishwasher uses goes towards heating the water before it even reaches the dishwasher (30% is then used to boost the water temperature inside the dishwasher to 140 degrees, and the rest is used by the drying cycle and to power the pumps etc. within the machine).
-Delay Start (this feature allows you to program your dishwasher to run during off peak hours, saving money on electricity usages)
-Soil Sensing (units with sensor technologies adjust the cycle time and water use to the level of dirt on the dishes).
-Multiple Cycles (choose a dishwasher with several wash cycle options). If your dishes are only slightly soiled, you can use a light or energy-saving wash cycle (which uses less water and operates for a shorter period of time). Rapid wash cycles offer added efficiency and feature a specific eco-friendly mode.
-Bigger is Better (standard-capacity models hold more than eight place settings and six serving pieces). These larger models often offer a top or bottom rack only wash, which use the same amount of energy as a compact model. So, unless space is an option, a standard or larger dishwasher is better than a compact model (you’ll likely use a smaller washer more frequently).
-Stainless Steel Tub (along with being more durable than traditional plastic interiors, stainless steel tubs reflect heat to optimize energy efficiency during the drying cycle).
-Water Recycling (already a common feature in Europe, the system recaptures water from the final rinse of a cycle and, after filtering it, stores it to use for pre-rinsing the next load).
Here are some tips to using it to its full eco-friendly potential:
-Scrape don’t rinse (Scrape food off dishes rather than rinsing in the sink).
-Dispense with the pre-rinse cycle (unless you left your dishes out overnight, don’t use a pre-rinse cycle; it wastes water and time).
-Select the right cycle (if you’ve scraped, the light cycle will be sufficient). DO NOT use super settings like “Power Scrub” or “Pots and Pans.”
Load it up: Most dishwashers use about the same amount of energy and water regardless of the number of dishes inside, so run full loads whenever possible.
Skip the heat: Select the no-heat drying option. It gives good drying results with less energy. If it’s not dry enough for you, time the cycle so you can leave the dishwasher open over night to air dry thoroughly.
Location: Don’t put your new dishwasher right next to your fridge, the fridge will have to work harder when the dishwasher is running, due to the heat it emanates.
As with a lot of green choices, saving water and energy is mainly about common sense, but many of the new technologies and features in modern dishwashers make upgrading the truly sensible option.
Jennifer Tuohy writes on energy-saving appliances for Home Depot, including kitchen appliances such as ranges, refrigerators and dishwashers. Home Depot’s large selection of dishwashers, including the most energy-efficient types mentioned in Jennifer’s article, can be viewed at http://www.homedepot.com/b/Appliances-Dishwashers/N-5yc1vZc3po.
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