Wednesday 28 September 2016

Is your washing machine working for you?

Most households keep their washing machine for upwards of seven years. So when you're ready to upgrade you should choose an energy-efficient model that will pay you back with long-term savings

Published 08/04/2015 | 02:30

How old is your washing machine? If you can't remember, the chances are it's time for an upgrade. The good news is that by replacing your old washing machine with a new one you could save 50% on your energy expenses. And that's not all - an energy efficient washing machine can save more water in a year than one person drinks in an entire lifetime.

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We take a look at the factors you should take into account when choosing a new washing machine.

1 Check the label

While the current EU energy label for washing machines range from A+++ (most efficient) to D (least efficient), most of the machines on the market don't have an energy rating of less than an A. This means that if you're looking for the most energy efficient on the market you should seriously consider A++ and A+++ models.

2 And read it carefully

Did you know that the water usage of a washing machine varies from model to model? For example, one washing machine may use six litres of water per kg, while another could use 14 litres per kg.

With water conservation becoming increasingly important you may want to consider Bosch models that feature ActiveWater. Their Exxcel 7model for instance only uses the exact amount of water needed for your wash - whether you put in one t-shirt or a full 7kg load.

3 Does size matter?

Sizes of washing machine drums actually vary considerably - with some models having drums as large as 11kg. As your machine runs most efficiently when full, you need to choose a model based on the size you will actually use. For example a 7kg washing machine is recommended for a family of four.

4 What does the warranty cover?

While all models come with a 12 month warranty some offer up to five year parts and labour cover. And with the average service call costing €80 upwards, the warranty you receive with your washing machine should play a big role in your decision making process.

It may also be a good idea to consider purchasing an extended warranty package. While most faults occur within the first year of purchase, you will have peace of mind that you are fully covered should something happen.

Irish Independent

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