Yep…dead. It was loaded up with my kids’ laundry and the damn thing wouldn’t spin. It was such a joy to wring every item by hand so I could put them in the dryer (so, wringing? That’s how they used to do it, huh?).
Of course, it was only one year beyond warranty(!), and the repair would have been so costly the only choice was to buy a new one. Fabulous.
The irony of the whole event is the education I received in my quest to find a new washer. Did you know that top-loading washers require massive amounts of energy and water?… something I never thought about for a second, and I walked into the store expecting that’s what I would buy. Was I ever wrong.
Front-loading washers are such an environmentally-conscious choice and I had no idea. I’ll wrap this in a nutshell: They require 60% less water, 50% less energy to heat the water, hold larger loads (because there’s no agitator – so you will need to do fewer loads) and they spin faster (extracting more water and reducing the dry time in your dryer) and in turn, consume less dryer energy. I love it!
If every U.S. household replaced their washer with a front-loading washer, the water saved each year could fill more than one million Olympic-sized swimming pools. ONE MILLION.
Meet my new washer…isn’t she pretty? Sure, it cost more, but over time the savings in water and energy will balance it out, and now that I “know what I know”, I wouldn’t dream of NOT making the environmental choice.
Of course, one of my concerns was what happens to my poor, old, dead washer. I am happy to report that the retailer has a local contract and it will be picked up and all recyclable parts and materials WILL be recycled. Whew! Without that kind of answer, I don’t think I would have bought from them…
…so, I just got greener…and since I am a green mom, I suppose the death of my “water & energy sucking” washing machine was destiny, with a splash of fate. No problem. I’ll take that wake-up call.