Some people like to make their stingy spending habits a point of pride. While frugality is an admirable quality, you could be doing yourself a disservice if you’re more obsessed with cutting your spending than making sure you have the products you need. Frugal habits can be counterproductive if they ignore how spending now can lead to savings down the road.
Now let’s enter into the conversation your ramshackle washer and dryer. At the surface, there may be no reason to part ways with these machines. If they fulfill their duties of washing and subsequently drying clothes, you’re getting what you paid for and you should be happy… right?
Wrong. Dutiful as those machines may be, they’re quickly becoming outdated by newer models that offer a range of benefits absent in older equipment. LG washers and dryers are just one of several options on the market that offer improved efficiency and use less water in every load. But those aren’t the only benefits.
1. Less detergent goes into every load
Some washing machines may be able to cut down on the amount of detergent used by as much as 50 percent. The benefits are obvious: Less spending on detergent and lower costs for washing your clothes. While those savings may seem nominal in the short run, over the course of a year they can add up — especially for families.
2. Less energy and water in every load
Every high-efficiency washer and dryer is different, but they all cut down considerably on the utilities consumption of traditional units. It’s possible that up to 70 percent less water and energy may be used when washing and drying a single load. Over time, the electricity and water savings can be huge for your budget, not to mention for the environment.
3. Clothes can be washed and dried faster
Some washers and dryers can take clothes from dry and dirty to dry and clean in just 90 minutes. That’s something anyone can appreciate, but families in particular will benefit from being able to do more laundry in the course of a day.
4. Cleaner clothes and fewer accidents
The washing process in newer machines is more thorough without being more stressful on the clothes. High-efficiency models don’t require you to use sanitizers in addition to detergent, but many satisfied customers insist their clothes are cleaner after a high-efficiency wash. And because the machines are newer, there’s less of a risk for clothes to be damaged in a washing or drying cycle.
5. Kids can pitch in
With most high-efficiency units now coming as front-loading models, it’s easier for kids to help load up the unit for a washing or drying cycle. And simplified controls are more child-friendly, making it easier to show kids how they can start a load without your supervision.
The initial cost of a high-efficiency washer and dryer set can be intimidating for many consumers, but if you can swing such a move financially, you’ll be better off in the long run. The earlier you convert, the more you’ll save on your utilities bills and the fewer laundry-related problems you’ll face.