Most Energy Efficient Appliances: Top Load Laundry/Part 3

 

GE GRWN5150MWS High Efficiency WasherBest Energy Efficient Top-Load Laundry

We picked the GE GRWN5150MWS due to its PreciseFill Option, where the water levels are automatically selected. It’s CEE Tier III, meaning it’s the highest Energy Star qualification. This model uses 4.5 gallons of water per cubic foot of washing volume, and costs about $17 a year in electricity to operate. It uses about twice as much water than the front-loading Frigidaire model and while top-loaders have a ways to go in energy efficiency, this one does top the charts.

If this one isn’t quite your style, we have other various High Efficiency washers on sale this week at Appliance Factory Outlet– from 4/24 to 4/30 you can get a free dryer with purchase of select washers. See your local store for details.

Kitchen Appliance Measurements

One of the most overlooked steps in buying an appliance is getting the right measurements. Not all kitchen appliance brands have standard measurements, so getting your kitchen’s specific space requirements should be one of the first steps you take when deciding on a good investment. Some important factors to consider:

  • Keep appliances size-appropriate. Large-capacity models in small kitchens lack visual appeal and practicality.
  • Measure your home’s entry ways so you can be sure you’ll be able to get your new appliance inside the house.
  • Remember to take measurements of width, height and depth of where your appliance will sit.
  • Be aware of the space an appliance will need to open and close.

This is what a counter depth fridge looks like. Photo from TinaRobinsonDesign.com

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Why Changing Your Water Filter is Important

If you use the ice or water dispenser from your refrigerator, most likely you’ve experienced that pungent “freezer taste.” An easy way to avoid this is to replace your refrigerator water filter. There are three types of water filters used in refrigerators :

Fiber water filter: made of rayon or spun cellulose fibers. This filter collects rust, lead and other sediments in the water.

Granular activated carbon (GAC) filter: This is the most common type of filter. The GAC filter traps chemicals and impurities found in water.

Solid carbon block filter: This is the newest water filter found in refrigeration. This filter strains the water more slowly allowing it to absorb more chemicals and impurities than the other filter types.

Most water filters should be changed at a minimum of every six months, although some refrigerator brands’ water filters can go up to 12 months. If you use your water or ice frequently, your filter should be changed more frequently. There are many benefits of water filters:

Regularly changing your refrigerator's water filter can save you up to $600 over costs of bottled water, according to Whirlpool. (Based on average use of two 6-month, 200 gal water filters verses purchasing the same amount of leading brand bottled water.)

  • Filters are a greener alternative to bottled water, both in cost and conservation. According to appliance manufacturer Whirlpool, changing a water filter twice a year saves 3,000 plastic bottles of water from ending up in landfills.
  • Filters save money. The average $25–$100 water filter saves the average consumer up to $600 over costs of bottled water, according to Whirlpool. (Based on average use of two 6-month, 200 gal water filters verses purchasing the same amount of leading brand bottled water.)
  • Filters are healthier for you. Regularly changing your refrigerator’s water filter helps you avoid cloudy ice, foul-tasting water, unpleasant ice and water odor, discoloration and floating particles.
  • Filters are healthier for your refrigerator. Regular filter changes an also save you from expensive repairs to water fixtures, because ineffective filters allow sediment build-up causing fittings to break, fixtures to leak and reduced water pressure.
Not changing your filter frequently enough can also result in “filtered” water containing more bacteria than the original water source. Water contaminants can get trapped in the filter, resulting in bacteria growth. An easy way to remember to replace your filter is to change it with Daylight Savings Time.
Most replacement parts come with easy-to-use instructions, but call a service technician if you’re unsure about the installation. Check Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses for your replacement water filter today. Appliance Factory Outlet carries water filters for major refrigerator brands like, GE, Frigidaire, Samsung, LG and more. Remember this small replacement can save you from more expensive water fixture replacements later, not to mention better-tasting water!