The month of March is green for a number of reasons. First, St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday that is often associated to the color green. Next is the first day of spring, which symbolizes blooming and greenery. Finally, this month also features Sun-Earth Day, a day that educates people about the sun is a powerful source of energy for the earth. This month is quite eventful to say the least!
*Taken from nasa.gov
So how exactly can you promote being green this month to make mother earth smile? Opt to improve your energy efficiency when you wash a load of green clothing! It seems that Energy Star’s most efficient washers are front loaders! Their design features a short central agitator, which reduces the level of water consumption. In fact, it seems that the average Energy Star- certified washer will cost $85 a year to run.
By using Energy Star washers, US consumers will save the following yearly:
- 540 million kWh of electricity
- 20 billion gallons of water
- 1.8 trillion BTUs of natural gas
- A grand total of $250 million in energy bill savings annually
*Taken from www.nrdc.org/
Despite the fact that one has a green washer, it might be a good idea to verify its effectiveness as well - no one wants to find their shirt shredded. Also, most of the highest performing washers come with a price tag. Although some of them can be quite pricey, your savings will result in the long-run. The idea is to do your research by looking at the latest tested models via consumer reports. That way, you can find the middle ground between, energy efficiency, effectiveness and price point.
Unfortunately, dryers do not get an Energy Star rating for the time being. We have yet to figure out how to create hot air inexpensively. Therefore, the focus has been shifted to doing wonders with washers.
So be green this March!
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