Colgate recently replaced the last 21 top-loading washing machines with high-efficiency, Energy Star front-loading washers.
All washers on campus are now water and energy efficient saving the university money and reducing our ecological footprint.
Colgate’s old top-loading units used 30 gallons of water per cycle while the new front-loading machines use only 14.8 gallons per cycle.
Besides saving water we are also saving energy. A lot of energy is used by a washing machines just to heat the water. Having a front-loading machine, which uses much less water than a top-loader, will significantly reduce our energy consumption. In addition, front-loading washers squeeze more of the water out of your clothes, so you will spend less time and energy drying your clothes.
On average, front-loading washers use between 40 – 75% less water and 30 – 85 % less energy than typical top-loaders.
Thank you to Colgate’s Purchasing Manager, Art Punsoni, for bringing the energy efficient appliances to campus!
Ready for a new washer at home?
Take advantage of the “New York’s Great Appliance Swap Out.”
The State of New York launched a new rebate program to help residents replace older, inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR® qualified models. The program began February 12, 2010, and will continue until funds are depleted.
Eligible products include:
* Clothes washers
* High-efficiency appliance package
Consumers can obtain higher rebate amounts by purchasing a package including a refrigerator, clothes washer, and dishwasher that are more efficient than ENERGY STAR. Consumers are also eligible for a higher rebate with proof of recycling.
Click here to learn more.
Total Funding: $18,700,000
Here are a few additional ways to reduce your energy use in the laundry room:
- Wash in Cold Water: The best way to save money when you are doing the laundry is to wash clothes in cold water. When used with cold-water detergent, washing in cold water is actually better for your clothes.
- Dry multiple loads back-to-back. You’ll save energy by using an already heated dryer that doesn’t have to be brought up to temperature each time it is used.
- Dry similar types of clothes together. Lightweight synthetics, for example, dry much more quickly than bath towels and jeans.
- Clean the dryer lint filter after every use. Check the outside dryer exhaust frequently to make sure it’s clean and that the flapper opens and closes freely.
- Use a drying rack! Avoiding the dryer altogether is the most energy-efficient alternative of all. Place the dryer rack near a space-heater (in winter) or by an open, sunny window (in summer).