How modern is your laundry?

Technology has taken over your living room and the other day we talked about all the gadgets that are available for kitchen work.  The numbers of technological advances that are available in your new home are truly impressive.

There are those mundane parts of life that we don’t think about much, but they are very important.  We have mentioned several times that Americans are obsessed with cleanliness when it comes to bathing and personal hygiene.  That is also true when talking about our clothes.  We are constantly washing clothes, towels, sheets, and pillow cases.  Honestly, how many times do we actually think about our washing machine and whether it is technologically advanced along with other things in our home.

Here in Vermont we are blessed with an abundance of clean water but, that is not the case elsewhere.  Front Loading washing machines now use roughly one-third as much water as does the conventional top-loading washing machine.  In the Champlain Valley we all use Lake Champlain water in almost every municipal system.  Throughout rural Vermont water comes from deep wells.

In addition to using so much less water, a front-loading machine uses roughly one-half as much detergent and a fraction of the energy.

Less water and less detergent lessens the demand on our water systems and sewer capacity.  Let’s face it, if a machine uses less and accomplishes more that is quite easy to see the benefits.

Like all technological advances there are drawbacks.  Efficient front-loading washing machines do have their disadvantages:

  • Cost – a conventional top loading machine does cost less
  • Smell – yes, a front-loading machine can develop a truly nasty odor, but do not despair there is a solution.  Read your owner’s manual the machine does need to be cleaned.

Don’t forget the clothes dryer!  Typically, no dryer is Energy Star rated, they are all energy hogs.  Except for a Heat Pump dryer that instead of heating the air and forcing the moisture to evaporate, the Heap Pump dryer lowers the relative humidity in the dryer and the moisture “piddles” out the bottom using much less energy to dry your clothes.

So, your laundry can and should be technologically advanced to use less energy and less water.

What do you think? 

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