We are already in the days of ‘Cuéntame’, and the modern home reflects this. From tube TVs we have gone to low energy flat screens, incandescent lamps have given way to LED and the usual appliances have been gaining more and more functions to improve in comfort and efficiency. But do you really know how you can take advantage of the features of your washing machine to save water and electricity?
Most people do the laundry almost automatically. Put your clothes in, load the soap and press the program that best suits you. And it’s not bad done, since modern washing machines are much more efficient than those of a few years ago. Despite this, we still have some leeway to lighten our bills by following a few guidelines. Next, we give you all the clues.
Choose the right capacity
The first step when saving money with our washing machine starts at the moment of your choice. At this moment, we must take into account multiple factors, but certainly one of the most important is how much and how we are going to use it. And it is not the same for a washing machine for a single floor as for the home of a large family.
For reasons of pure physics, a washing machine of higher capacity will consume more energy and water than a smaller one in equal conditions. This might seem like a point against you, but we must also bear in mind that, if we buy a washing machine that is too small, we will find ourselves washing many more times. Thus, not only will we be spending more, but we will also be wasting time.
As a rule, we can say that a 7 kg washing machine, like the FWF71253WSP , or 8 kg washing machine, like the FWG81284W SP , both from Whirlpool , are ideal for most homes. On the other hand, large families should consider a larger capacity model that simplifies laundry, such as the Whirlpool FWDD1071681WS EU washer , 10 kg laundry load and 7 kg drying, or the Whirlpool FSCR12440 washing machine, 12 kg load. Assess the needs of space and washing before making a purchase decision.
And if we talk about space needs, we can not fail to mention top-loading washing machines. They are recommended for small spaces or users with back problems. However, front-loading devices are more efficient and use less water and electricity.
A +? A +++? Know the difference
One of the most important aspects when choosing an appliance, whatever it is, is to check the energy classification. Products marketed in the European Union use a letter scale between A and G to reflect their efficiency. As a reference, a domestic appliance with an efficiency level A has an energy consumption lower than 55% of the average. A G, on the other hand, would represent an increase of more than 125%.
Other points to consider are the annual electricity consumption, reflected in kWh, and the liters of water used. Both aspects appear on the certification label of energy efficiency together with the assigned capacity and the value of the noise emitted expressed in decibels. These labels are valid for 10 years.
Currently, washing machines are much more efficient than before. Typically, they have a minimum efficiency of A ++; with each of the plus symbols (‘+’) an improvement of 10% is expressed with respect to a conventional A classification. The category A +++, present in washing machines such as the Whirlpool FWD91496WS EU of 9 kg load, is the highest possible.
The choice of a high efficiency appliance is not a trivial matter. Although it costs a little more money than a less efficient one, the difference becomes an investment over time. So much so that the European Union estimates that the use of high-efficiency household appliances can mean a saving of 465 euros per year per household , so that they practically pay for themselves.
In addition, public institutions urge users to renew their old appliances replacing them with others of greater efficiency with incentives such as Renove Plans. In the Community of Madrid, a Renove Plan of Appliances is underway until December 31 of this year, or depletion of the allocated funds, for which it is possible to benefit from a 70-euro aid in the purchase of an A +++ washer.
Load your washing machine well
We are going to tell you a little secret that should not be such: a washing machine with hardly any load consumes more or less the same as another washing machine. The machine will spend similar amounts of energy to move the drum and heat the water, so it does not make sense to do a small laundry if you do not have enough accumulated.
For this reason, our recommendation is that you try to fill the drum as much as possible without overloading it, of course. The opposite is to waste water and electricity.
Another option is to opt for a Whirlpool washing machine with 6th Sense technology, which adapts the resources to the load of the washing machine to achieve savings of up to 50% and make putting half a washing machine is not something burdensome. This is the case of the FWDG96148WS EU model, which also includes FreshCare + technology to keep the laundry fresh up to six hours after the end of the cycle.
Do not go with the soap
And if the issue of half loads is one of those things that is unknown to many despite its logic, the use of detergent is no less. Currently, many consumers use liquid soap as a laundry detergent, but they do not pay much attention to how much we dump in the tank. They just fill the bottle cap to the mark and that’s how it stays. And the same goes for the powder versions. This does not have to be the right thing to do.
Many manufacturers of detergents sin of certain ‘generosity’ when it comes to pointing out the quantities of product necessary for a washing cycle. In fact, for a daily cleaning of clothes that only have to remove the sweat from day to day, half of the liquid can be enough. We recommend that you do the test when you have a basket with clothes without very tight spots. You will save soap and prolong the useful life of your washing machine and clothes, apart from the benefits for the environment of saving on polluting products.
Cold water: more effective than you think
With cold water it happens exactly the same as with soap. Many people simply look at the temperature marked on the label of a garment and program the washing machine accordingly, ignoring that these labels do not mark the recommended washing temperature, but the maximum. The most appropriate is determined by the type of tissue and the stain (or smell) that we want to remove.
Unless we are talking about inks, sauces or grease, most of the stains and rubbing can go quietly with a wash at 30 degrees and even with cold water. Remember that washing machines usually have their own heater to raise the water temperature, so washing with cold water can result in significant electricity savings at the end of the year.
Another thing we can do to save electricity is to give a good prewash to the clothes and soften the most difficult spots in this way. This is particularly interesting in the case of stains embedded or with solid residues. We will avoid having to throw it back to wash or do as the grandmother and remove the brush to give a pass by hand (which is not only tired, but can damage the tissue).
The centrifuge, that great expense
The centrifugation is, possibly, one of the aspects that most impact on the energy consumption of a washing machine. Again, it’s a simple matter of physics. Moving kilos of soaked clothes to drain most of the water after several minutes tumbling is a very intense process and requires a considerable engine power. And, however, not all garments require maximum speed.
If we have put a load of small clothes or light shirts, a cycle of centrifugation at 700 revolutions per minute can be more than enough to extract the water. On the other hand, quilts, blankets, terry towels and particularly thick fabrics may need an important wiggle . If you have the possibility to do it, separate the clothes both by colors and fabrics and program the washing machine according to these parameters.
Do not waste your time: 15 minutes are enough
“I just do not know how to put the washing machine.” It sounds like a newly emancipated young man, but the truth is that most people just put the program for the type of clothes they are going to wash and here the work ends. And it really is important to program this appliance properly to adjust the water, light and time expenditure to the actual needs of the laundry. In this sense, it is appreciated a model with many programs to choose from, including ECO and short cycles, as well as options to manually choose the washing temperature.
The prestigious manufacturers, such as Whirlpool , offer a wide variety of programs for all types of fabrics, thus facilitating their cleaning. But sometimes you do not even need a standard wash cycle.
Casual day-to-day clothing or the gym, which normally does not stain except for sweat and natural rubbing with the skin, can be washed perfectly with a quick cycle of 15 minutes. At the end of the day, you just have to refresh it and usually do not have deep scratches, so with a quick cycle they will be presentable for your next use. And on top of that you will save time.
Do you have a rate with slots? Learn to program your washing machine
Finally, we must be aware of all aspects of electricity consumption. Many households opt for savings rates for convenience and schedules, something that we must also take into account when putting the washing machine. In the past, this type of offer only covered the night, but today it is possible to find plans in which the consumer himself chooses the hours during which household electricity is cheaper.
Naturally, we will not always be able to be at home to take advantage of these savings slots. In this case, we can use a washing machine with delayed programming , such is the case of the Whirlpool FSCR80422S , which allows to delay its activation.
Of course, leaving the washing machine on all night or while we are at work can be a bad idea for our clothes. Keeping a lot of wet clothes in the drum of the washing machine for hours is not recommended . Some studies indicate that 70% of people do not tend just after the end of the wash cycle and 51% must wash again due to the bad smell that has penetrated the tissues.
Faced with this usual situation, we appreciate technologies such as FreshCare + that we mentioned a few lines above and that Whirlpool implements in different models, such as the FWD91496WS .
This system keeps the laundry fresh for six hours after the wash cycle, generating a soft layer of vapor that prevents odors and moving the drum to reduce caking. In this way, we can go to sleep with the assurance that the next morning our shirts will be in perfect condition .
A small maintenance saves us from major damages
We can not finish this article aimed at saving without mentioning the basic maintenance tasks of this appliance. In this aspect, to avoid premature damages it is convenient to periodically clean the deposits of detergent, softener and bleach, as well as the filter, the drum and the rubber that surrounds it.
These are very simple operations that are undertaken with warm water and soap. In the instruction manual of the washing machine, you will find where each piece is located and how to remove it for cleaning if it is removable. With a little bit of mime, your clothes and your pocket will thank you.
Find your Whirlpool washing machine in El Corte Inglés
Choose the model that best meets your needs, whether top or front load, with an energy efficiency rating between A or the optimum A ++++, a capacity from 6 to 12 kg, different revolutions or the latest washing technology, such as the new one FreshCare + that we have seen in this article and that keeps clothes fresh up to six hours after finishing the cycle. Enter and discover all the advantages offered by the Tecnoprecios of El Corte Inglés.