Since buying our house and procreating 5 years ago, we have slowly bought new energy-star and water efficient appliances. First our stove had to go. Then the old fridge seemed like food was spoiling faster and faster. Then the old oil furnace and leaky A/C– our geothermal heat pump is awesome and worthy of its own post. Then the dishwasher stopped washing well, and washing a load three times is hardly energy efficient. You can fit so much junk in that new one.
But the newest addition to the energy star family is our new high efficiency clothes washer. I am so happy our old washer broke. This one is amazing. I love it. The clothes some out so much cleaner smelling than the old one. And since I’m chemically sensitive, I can’t use fragrances to hide the fact that the old one didn’t really clean the clothes that well.
And I’m not just being sarcastic. I really do think that we rely on overly perfumed clothes because our old style of washers just don’t do the job as well.
But the new one is great. And the girls practically think its purpose is to entertain them.
Oh and it is so quiet. I no longer have to time my clothes washing schedule around whether or not we want to be enjoying ourselves in the main room.
It also saves energy on drying time because it spins the clothes so fast they come out twice as dry as an older top-loading washer. In the summer I try really hard to hang our clothes out to dry to save power, so it’s pretty cool that things made of polar fleece or other certain fabrics are practically dry already.
And not to gush, but the amount of things I can wash in one load. Amazing.
So all that’s left to be updated would be the dryer… I think we’ve replaced all the major appliances now, one at a time. It costs too much sometimes to go green at once. But all the appliances, plus the geothermal added in, I think we’ve definitely reduced our family footprint.
Now if only I could get the massive amounts of laundry folded and put away… a girl can dream.