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http://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/laundry.html
How much does it cost to run a washing machine?
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Laundry is one of the easiest areas to reduce energy costs. Here's where the waste is:
--Water heating.
--Top-loading washers. Top-loading washers use ridiculous amounts of water and energy. That's why other countries use front-loading washers instead, and I recommend them enthusiastically. I cover front-loaders in more detail below.
--Drying water-laden clothes. Most washing machines leave far too much water in the clothes, making the dryer run much longer. Front-loaders get more of the water out of your clothes. You can also use a Spin Dryer to extract water from your clothes before drying.
--Unnecessary drying.

Heating the water is most of the energy use....

Laundry cost calculator on the page
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