You might think most washing machines are the same. Every week, you load it up with your dirty laundry, toss in some detergent and just let it run its course. But do you know how energy efficient your washing machine is, or if there is a better alternative out there?

Believe it or not, there are enormous differences between the washing machines, specifically between top-load washers and front-load washers. That difference won’t just show in how much water is being used, but with how much energy it takes to run a single load.

First off, let’s clarify that regardless of the washing machine you have, newer models are likely to be more energy efficient in almost every way, especially when they are compared to those that are decades old. To add to that, washing machines that are Energy Star certified are more efficient still.

Even with an Energy Star label on the machine, there are many differences between top-loading and front-loading washers. Top-load washers use an impeller or agitator to help clean clothes, whereas the front-load washer relies on gravity to create the agitation. The front-loader rotates the drum, lifting the clothes above the waterline and dropping back in, which means they can use less water.

A top-loading machine with a center post agitator might use 40 gallons of water per load, compared to a front-loading machine that uses 20 gallons. Using half of the water is already a money saver, but add to that the energy that would be required to power the machine and heat the water. You will see a dramatic difference.

Not to say that all-top loaders are less efficient. There exists a hybrid model which is a top-loading machine but without the agitator in the middle. The energy and water required for those types of machines is comparable to that of a front-loading washer.

Despite the better efficiency of a front-loader, there are some drawbacks. They are more expensive than a conventional washing machine, which means more cost upfront. They may also take twice as long to wash a load of laundry.

One way that you can save on your water and energy usage is to be smart about using your washing machine. Washing a full load as opposed to multiple small loads is a wise decision when you are cognisant of water usage in your household.

All washing machines still have the same primary function, which is to clean your dirty laundry. Choosing the right one for your home can be a tough decision. To learn more about which washing machine is right for you, contact Kellermeier Plumbing today at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.