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This may be old news on this board. I'm new here.

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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That's why other countries use front-loading washers instead, and I recommend them enthusiastically. I cover front-loaders in more detail below.

I am very disappointed with my front loading HE washing machine. The general upkeep needed to avoid mold is manageable, but the cost savings is over estimated because towels must always be run on sanitize cycle. There is also "cycle inflation" to get other items clean.
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I had a front loader that was nothing but trouble. Also, I could not soak clothes or use starch. I have a new, efficient top loader that has an extra drain and spin cycle, which I use so that my drying time is reduced.

I wouldn't recommend a front loader to anyone.

Andrea
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Wouldn't reliability, cost of electricity and cost of water have a lot to do with it?

I haven't gotten around to buying my own washer & dryer, but I tend to think the front loaders at the laundromat work better. Mostly. They are less likely to get unbalanced, which is a biggie when you sort by color and one load is a mix of towels, sheets and clothing.

Either kind can do a poor job spinning the water out.

If I got my own washer & dryer I'd want to do a bit of research first.
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Ummm. Usually I can get washing machines used for a few dollars or even for free.

I use water from my rain barrels for laundry.

So most costs are for laundry powder and not much else. Packing the water around is good upper body exercise.


Seattle Pioneer
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towels must always be run on sanitize cycle.

Why?

I realize laudrymate machines are different than home machines, but when I used to have to go to a laundrymate, for their front-loaders the cycle was the same whether you were washing towels or clothing.
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Why?

We were having problems with the towels not coming clean and developing a smell. We tried a number of different cycles. The only cycle where over time the towels don't smell is the sanitize cycle.
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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 . . . .


Axe-u-lee, it all depends upon the top-loading mochine.
This one is very efficient (See; https://www.lehmans.com/p-3046-home-queen-wringer-washers.as... ) and you couple that with a solar-powered dryer (See; https://www.lehmans.com/p-4628-large-spinning-clothes-dryer.... ) you can save all kinds of water & energy, yes.
;-)

C.J.V. - mama used them for years, her
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I'm willing to waste water and electricity than use one of those washers.
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I'm willing to waste water and electricity than use one of those washers.
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But there is so much excitment when your fingers get too close to the wringer and your arm gets pulled in.
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I'm willing to waste water and electricity than use one of those washers.

Its better than beating your clothes on a rock down by the stream.
;-)

C.J.V. - I always knew it was time to do laundry when the jeans I stood in the corner would start walking, me
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I'm willing to waste water and electricity than use one of those washers.

I have been rather envious of the pretty front loaded washer and dryers in red, grey, etc... but then I found out in addition to the already expensive washer and dryer, you have to buy the pedestal for both - which is kind of an expensive proposition - and that they apparently have problems with mold/are smelly and they I'm increasingly ok with sticking with my old school washer and dryer. When they finally die, maybe they'll have fixed the problems with the front loaders...(and hopefully the price will have dropped)
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... but then I found out in addition to the already expensive washer and dryer, you have to buy the pedestal for both -

I don't have a pedestal for my washing machine. It is at the same height as a standard dryer. If you want them higher, you can either buy the pedestal or make one.
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I have been rather envious of the pretty front loaded washer and dryers in red, grey, etc... but then I found out in addition to the already expensive washer and dryer, you have to buy the pedestal for both -

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I didn't get the pedestals. Mine are side by side. My kid stacked his dryer on the washer. He doesn't have the washer on a pedestal. I have a cupboard above the washer dryer or I would do the same.

I will never go back to a top loader, but that's just me.
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I didn't get the pedestals. Mine are side by side. My kid stacked his dryer on the washer. He doesn't have the washer on a pedestal. I have a cupboard above the washer dryer or I would do the same.


No pedestals here, either. Would not stack even if I could. My washer's vibration on spin would probably knock the dryer off the top.

Chili
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No pedestals here, either. Would not stack even if I could. My washer's vibration on spin would probably knock the dryer off the top.

Chili
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His were designed to be able to be stacked. I often wondered about the vibration. I'll have to be there when they wash a load. It's been stacked for over a year now at two differnt homes. I don't remember the brand.

Jean
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I will never go back to a top loader, but that's just me.

A front loader is gentler on clothes. It has a steam refresh cycle which I have used a couple of times.

Overall, it is a love/hate relationship.
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My washer's vibration on spin would probably knock the dryer off the top.

Chili


Vibration has been minimal compared to a top loader. You don't have pedestals, which seem to increase vibration. Is it possible that the washer isn't installed properly?
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Overall, it is a love/hate relationship.

Too bad there's no such thing as a front-loader you can tip-over on the side for when you want a top loader for soaking.

We need more female engineers making home appliances.
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We need more female engineers making home appliances.

Or more male engineers who do the family wash.

alix
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Or more male engineers who do the family wash.

Quiet you!
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Happy 'loons PSU!

GSF
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How much does it cost to run a washing machine?

Four quarters for the standard machine and six quarters for the big one.

Can't believe nobody came up with that already.

xtn
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No quarters at my apt complex.

We've got these card thingies that you have use a CC to load and you load it with multiples of $10 at a time.

Wash costs $1.50, dry is $1.25. No options for adding extra mins to dry time.

Ishtar
(hates the system - but apparently the machines were always being broken into for the $$$ on the old way)
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Linda, I have a top-loading washer, but dry my clothes outdoors, not for the cost, but for the scent the clothes emit from air and sun drying outdoors. Rarely, do I use hot or warm water, except for my cotton whites.

Donna
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