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Washing Machine Buyer’s Guide


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Approximately 3% of a household’s electricity use goes into washing and drying clothes.1 While this might not seem like a large proportion, it can end up being a much bigger figure if you don’t do it efficiently. It’ll also cost you money through higher electricity bills.

Washing your clothes efficiently starts with choosing an efficient washing machine – one that minimises electricity use, but that doesn’t cost you the earth to buy.

How our Guide Works

Money Grows on Trees has developed an easy to understand Washing Machine Buyers Guide to help you buy a washing machine that not only suits your household needs, but that also saves you money and reduces your environmental impact. Our Guide covers:

    • The differences between front load and top load washing machines.
    • How to work out what size washing machine is right for you.
    • The differences between using hot and cold water.
    • Understanding how energy “Star” ratings work for washing machines.

Use our Savings Calculator and Save Even More

If you’re about to buy a washing machine and are comparing models, then make sure you use our Washing Machine Savings Calculator before picking a model. Our calculator lets you compare the lifetime cost and CO2 emissions for up to 5 models, and shows you which models deliver the highest cost and emission savings.

What About Clothes Dryers?

We strongly recommend against the use of clothes dryers in households. They are amongst the most electricity hungry and expensive appliances you could use inside your home. To understand why, check out our article “Why Energy Efficient Clothes Dryers Don’t Exist.”

1Energy Australia – Where does your household energy go? – 2010/11

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