Efficient Washers and Dryers That Save Money and Energy

Efficient Washers and Dryers That Save Money and Energy

Range Govindan
Aug 13, 2010

Washers and dryers use up a lot of electricity, so it's no surprise that manufacturers keep trying to make these large appliances more energy efficient. These two new machines combine different tech elements to make them greener than the one your mother used. Read on to find out why.

The Siemens i-Dos comes with a precision integrated dosing system, which automatically dispenses the exact doses of detergent in an effort to be greener by wasting less water, time, and energy. Most consumers tend to use too much detergent, which means more foam and longer washing cycles.

The AEG ├ľko (Eco) Lavatherm dryer has a new type of compressor and inverter so that it saves 50% more energy than comparable dryers. It washes a full load with only 1.6kWh, which is pretty low when you think about it.

We've talked about the Whirlpool Vantage washer and dryer before, but new press shots have surfaced and we have to say that they look gorgeous. They are somewhat pricey, at $1,900 each, but feature a host of energy efficient features that will save you money in the long run, which Whirpool estimates at about $1,300 in utility bills savings over the lifetime of these products. They use 76% less water and 75% less energy than traditional washers and dryers. The hydraulic hinges assist you to open the lids, which makes us think more of luxury cars than appliances, but they do look awesome.

[via Appliancist: 1, 2]

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