Want to save energy? Turn it down to 65 or less and wear warmer clothes. Explore insulating your house and/or replacing your windows (on tap for 2015!). Simple things like that will save more energy than complicated pieces of technology will.
A Reader writes:
"You may not know this but in most other countries people do not prefer to buy top loading washers for the following reasons:
- They use a lot of water and electricity- The agitator wears out clothing more easily- They hold less capacity than equivalent front loader due to the absence of an agitator taking up space in the washing bin.Front loading washing machine on the other hand:- Uses less water and electricity.- More efficiently distributes washing powder through the tumbling action, which allows clothes to rub against one another and actually clean the clothes, as opposed to a
front[sic] top loader if you overfill, the items of clothing at the top of the washing bin may not ever get sucked into the water and agitated.If they were inferior why are they used in industrial laundromats?The mold issue you refer to only applies to a number of front load washers in production before around 2004 i believe. People just leave the door open when the washer is not in use anyway.I have an Miele front load washing machine which is tested to the tolerance of 20 years and has no LCD display or membrane buttons.You are right about the fridges though."
BUT IT WAS THREE TIMES THE COST of a regular top-loader (it was about $1000).
Yes, you can even buy a cheaper toploader washer at $299. That model has an EnergyStar rating of $52 a year, and no doubt that is the model the front-end loader people want you to compare to, when making the decision. However, even with that energy-guzzler, you are talking about a savings of $630 over a 15-year design life, and a cost delta of $500. The payback in energy costs is a staggering ELEVEN YEARS. And for $100 more, you can buy an Energy Star compliant model that will actually save money.
And the big problem is this: When they break down after five years, the cost of fixing them exceeds their value. So many folks don't end up getting a full 15-year design life out of the machine.
A friend of mine bought one five years ago and it broke. Cost to repair was more than the value of the machine. She bought a new top-loader for $300. Problem solved.
I think you are "invested" in the idea of the expensive washing machine you bought, and thus feel the need to "defend" your investment. It wasn't just an expensive toy, right? No, it made financial sense!
And yes, people do show off their fancy washing machines to their friends. I know I did it when I had one. But that was pretty freaking stupid!
Sorry, but no sale to unnecessarily complicated appliances. I guess if I lived in a place where water was expensive, or I was on a well that ran dry a lot, maybe it would "make sense". But then again, a better approach is to ask yourself why you are living in places where water is expensive and wells run dry.
Sorry, but no sale. It is chasing technology for technology's sake. Our lives are complicated enough as it is....