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Farewell to the wringer washer

May 14, 2009 - Michael Palmer
The old washing machine finally died. We had tried to ignore the little problems with the top loading dinosaur that had been a part of the laundry room since my college graduate was in pull-ups.

So, we hit the internet and began to research the new Energy Star front loading models. They promised that we would save enough money in the first year to buy the accompanying dryer and enough water to fill three family sized swimming pools.

We have all heard the propaganda that advertisers use to entice our consumer dollars. Despite our reservations we disconnected the old machine, Swiffer jetted the floor, folded up our Sham Wow and went off to the guaranteed lowest prices.

Astounding polished beauties were lined up like they were awaiting a walk on opportunity in a Disney Pixar production. It was almost exciting to find a high capacity, front loading, energy efficient washer on sale. There was free delivery and installation included, so we whipped out the plastic and went home to await the new appliance.

The new one arrived and was quickly sitting in the laundry room, looking out of place in the century old farm house. We decided not to give it a break in period and loaded it up with the maximum of 22 towels. It was a little suspect to open the soap dispensing drawer and find a ΒΌ cup capacity tray. We were all about giving the new family member a shot at proving itself, so in went the tiny portion of HE liquid and we shut the door.

There are digital displays, beepers and lighted buttons in place of the old ratcheting knob. Beep, boop, beep and whirr it was off and spinning.

Front-loaders tumble clothes through a small amount of water instead of rubbing clothes against an agitator in a full tub. Efficient motors spin clothes two to three times faster during the spin cycle to extract more water. Plus there is a drain and spin feature that really gets those towels feeling barely moist when they leave the waher.

Here is a real bonus, less moisture in the clothes means less time and energy in the dryer. In other words, there was nothing wrong with my old dryer, thankfully we waited to purchase one. It seems that the new washer makes the old dryer more efficient.

So going green can be fun, at least in this case.


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