Washing machines account for about 12 per cent of the electrical consumption in a typical Alberta home. At ATCO EnergySense, we can help you choose the right washing machine for your needs. Here are some of the most common questions we are asked about washing machines.
Clothes washers come in two designs: top-loading and front-loading. Front-loading washing machines with an ENERGY STAR® rating use up to 50 per cent less water and much less electricity than top-loading models. They also have a high-speed spin cycle, which removes more water from clothes and reduces drying time.
In recent years, top-loading washing machines have become much more energy efficient.
As you can see in the table below, energy consumption and operating costs are affected by the type of washing machine and the year it was manufactured.
Improvements in Washing Machine Efficiency and Operating Cost
The EnerGuide label, found on all washing machines sold in Canada, indicates the annual amount of electricity used by the unit and compares its energy performance to other models of similar size. Washing machines with the lowest number are among the most energy efficient.
Most front-loading washing machines sold in Canada carry the ENERGY STAR symbol because they exceed Canada’s minimum energy performance standards.
The ENERGY STAR symbol accompanies the EnerGuide label on appliance models that achieve premium levels of energy efficiency.
• Use cold water and cold water detergent. In most cases, cold water cleans clothes just as effectively as warm or hot water.
• Adjust the wash cycle to match the size of the load and the type of clothes being washed. This will help save water, energy and detergent.
• Consider using the pre-soak option or a spot/stain remover prior to washing heavily soiled or stained clothes.
• Fill your washing machine to capacity for each load to optimize appliance efficiency. Front-loading washers can accommodate more clothes per load because they do not have a central agitator taking up space like top-loading models do.
• Carefully review the owner’s manual to learn how to operate your clothes washer at optimum efficiency.
To help prevent mildew, odours and mould in front-loading washing machines, dry the door seal (or gasket) with a towel after each load.
For more tips on how to save energy in your home, visit our Energy Fact Sheets page.
Save energy and water by upgrading to a front-loading ENERGY STAR qualified washing machine.
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