High Speed Spin...
New Energy Efficient Clothes Washers
Note: An Energy Office staff member tested this new type of washer and
offered his assessment.
Which is Best?
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACE³) web site lists the most efficient washers on the market today. Washers are listed in order of efficiency.
High Efficieny Clothes Washers aer also listed at the ENERGY STAR® web site.
Washers can save you up to half the cost of water and electricity
normally used for washing. Look for the ENERGY STAR®
people not familiar with the latest in clothes washing technology, there’s
a new type on the market, which claims energy, and thus energy dollar savings.
The source of the savings is a faster spin cycle, which supposedly squeezes
more water out of the clothes at the end of the wash. With less water in
the clothes at the end of the cycle, the clothes dryer has less work to
do, and as a result, you save energy and money. There is also the added
feature that the clothes in the dryer are done by the time the next load
is done, which means less time spent on this task.
Our family recently purchased one of these new clothes washers. It’s a lesser
known top loading unit, that was actually half the cost of some name brand
front loading models with the same “faster spin cycle” feature. The price
was comparable to other models on the market which did not offer the faster
Testing the Technology
The day after installation, the new clothes washer got its first test. I
was a bit nervous about how our purchase would work. Would it actually spin
the clothes dryer than a standard unit? Had a mistake been made in not going
with a name brand? So on this particular day, I’m making intermittent calls
home for a wash day update.
The answer to my first call was a don’t bother me type of “Yes it’s doing
fine!” The answer to my second call was a quizzical, and alarming, “Well
the washer seems to be O.K., but the dryer doesn’t seem to be working right!”
Thinking to myself, ‘great, more repairs,’ I asked, “Why what’s wrong with
the dryer?” “Well, when I remove the clothes from the dryer, they aren’t
hot,” was the reply.
With a picture of damp clothes hanging on a line, my first thought was that
another high temperature switch needed replacement, which I’ve had to do
in the past. Then it dawned on me: the dryer had a cool down cycle! I asked
if the clothes were dry coming out of the dryer, and received an affirmative
This dryer had been in use for about ten years,
|I was a bit nervous about how our purchase would work.
but had never been able
to take a second load of clothes from the washer without waiting on the
dryer to finish it’s cycle, usually taking the clothes out while they were
still hot. We had all forgotten about the cool down cycle.
The new washer
had not only removed enough water for the first load of clothes to be dry
when the second load was finished washing, it had also allowed enough time
for the dryer to go into the cool down cycle.
Yet another added bonus: clothes
have fewer wrinkles when the cool down cycle is used.
Would this new washing style add more stress to the clothes, causing them
to fade faster, or tear sooner? I’m happy to report that we’ve had our new
washer for several months and have not noticed any increase in fading or
Does the new style of clothes wash does save energy? Yes, and it also saves
wash day time, saves wear on your dryer by reducing it’s run time, can be
purchased for about the same money as a conventional washer, and in our
case, gives us less wrinkles.
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