When you are looking for a way to cut back on the amount of electricity and water required to complete laundry in your home, you are able to find energy-efficient options on the market today. One widely popular option used in several countries around the world is a washer and dryer combo. This new style of laundry appliance combines both the washing and drying features into a single space-saving design. Not only are you able to free up extra space in your home, you also are able to cut down on the amount of water and electricity required to complete a load of laundry.
Exactly how much water and electricity can you save by switching to a washer and dryer combo? It depends upon how many loads you typically wash throughout the course of a year. However, regardless of your volume of laundry, this combination appliance only requires between 12 and 15 gallons of water for each wash cycle, compared to 30 gallons for a conventional front loader and the 40 to 60 gallons used by a conventional top loader. Because the washer is using less water, you also save money used to heat hot water for cycles where you use warm or hot water. In addition to these savings, you also reduce the amount of electricity required to dry a load of clothes. The combination unit uses 1.4 kilowatts of power per hour of drying, compared to the 5 or 6 kilowatts used by a conventional dryer.
For example, if you washed and dried 3 loads of clothes per week, that translates into 156 loads per year. The amount of water you could save is at least 2,340 gallons, upwards to 7,020 gallons, depending upon your current conventional washer. Your electricity savings for an hour and a half of drying time per cycle would amount to at least 842.4 kilowatt hours. This does not include the added savings you gained from reducing the electricity costs to heat water for warm and hot cycles.