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Water is becoming a rare and valued commodity these days, especially in underdeveloped nations and countries with overpopulation problems.

Solutions have been to ration water intake in places such as Australia, places in South Africa, cities in the U.S., etc.

One of the main water-guzzlers is the washing machine.

We typically wash 3-5 loads of laundry each week, which adds up over time. And up until recently, there hasn’t been a clear (or affordable) alternative to the traditional washing machine.

According to the Energy Star website, to be considered an eco-friendly washer, the machine must use “20% less energy, and 35% less water than regular washers.” It must cost $85 per year to use, and only consume 270KWh of electricity per year. Compared to regular washers which use 23 gallons per use, an Energy Star-rated washer only uses 15ga.

What contributes to a washer’s eco-friendliness is if it’s top-loading or side-loading. Top-loading washers tend to use less water per load, however, older models still consume an estimated $2.8 billion each year.

If every washer in the U.S. earned an Energy Star rating, we could “save 450 million KWh of electricity, 20 billion gallons of water, and 1.4 billion BTU’s of natural gas each year, resulting in energy bill savings of about $250 million every year.”

A few notable companies working on achieving that goal include Samsung, LG, Maytag, and General Electric, with the South Korean based Samsung leading the way through their ECO Bubble model.

With the large push towards water conservation and eco-friendliness, every washing machine company will begin developing greener and greener models, with future innovations offering more features than just water-saving.

Pricing used to be a major hurdle for eco-friendly washing machine adoption to overcome, though it’s quickly becoming a thing of the past. More demand puts pressure on manufacturers to offer cheaper alternatives, and that’s good news for everybody.

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