Picking out the right appliances for your home is important, as they will have a direct effect on your energy bills. For example, if you are purchasing a new laundry pair, you want to consider the amount of water and electricity used by the appliances. This information is available on an energy sticker found on the units, or by contacting the supplier directly. The thing to remember, when comparing prices and models, is conventional top loading machines use more water than front loading machines. Additionally, vented dryers require more electricity to operate than ventless dryers.
Even though conventional models might cost less, in the long run you actually end up spending more money, because of the amount of water and energy required to operate the appliances. For example, if you were to compare a LG washer and dryer combo unit to either front loading or top loading separate appliances, you would discover the combo unit uses between 12 to 15 gallons of water per wash cycle. Your conventional front loader uses about 30 gallons, while your top loader uses between 40 to 60 gallons of water. In addition, the drying cycle uses only 1.4 kilowatts of electricity per hour, compared to the 5 or 6 kilowatts per hour required to operate conventional dryers.
The LG washer and dryer combo unit has a single electrical plug using 115 volt, 15 amp standard wiring and only needs access to a standard 120 V outlet. The unit is designed to save space, because it is a single appliance able to complete both washing and drying functions. Further, you are able to convert the model into a portable unit with an optional wheel kit and kitchen sink conversion kit.