Combat Drought: Washing Machines
All California residents should be aware that we are currently experiencing the worst drought since 1985-1991. The graphic below shows how serious this situation is as of just a few weeks ago.
So what can we do to help reduce water usage? In our series of blogs focusing on how interior design can contribute, here are great tips and products that will make conserving water simple and beautiful. Today’s edition: Washing machines.
PG&E provides top tips for getting the most out of your washing machine while using the fewest resources:
- Use the washing machine for full loads only to save water and energy.
- Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
- Monitor your bill and water meter to determine unusually high use and possible leaks.
- Install a water-efficient clothes washer. Save: 16 gallons/load and $150 with this rebate program.
If you need a new washer, front-loading washing machines typically clean better than high-efficiency top-loaders, use less water and their high spin speed extracts more water so dryer time is cut. Most front-loaders can handle about 17 to 28-pound loads.
The Energy-Star rated LG WM8500HVA front loading washing machine features the new Allergiene cycle that reduces and removes 95 percent of dust mites and pet dander from a load. It’s 41″ x 29″ x 33″, stackable, and has an end-of-cycle alert.
The Samsung WFH6H911CW front loading washing machine is 43″ x 30″ x 33″, stackable, and is Energy-Star Rated. Both of these machines look nice and won’t break the bank, while using 40% less water than machines of 10-15 years ago.
If you don’t want to look at these machines, there are ways to conceal them without banishing them to the basement. We have creative approaches to hiding appliances while keeping them handy, such as this San Francisco loft kitchen featuring a wheeled door that resembles an architectural column.
See our other tips on how interior design choices can conserve water with Low-flow fixtures and Sinks & Toilets. If you need help identifying ways to conserve water with your next kitchen or bathroom remodel, or ways to beautify those water-conserving features, contact Kimball Starr Interior Design for a consultation today!
Kimball Starr Interior Design is a San Francisco design firm that offers interior remodels and decorating services for homes throughout the SF Bay Area. Our designs are focused on creating modern and ecologically conscious interiors for relaxed California living.