The savings youll see on your utility bills depend on many factors. One of the most important of these is how frequently the washing machines are used. On average, clothes washers in Seattle laundry rooms get used 1.75 times per day. At that rate of use we estimate that a resource efficient clothes washer (RECW) will save you more than $150 per year on your utility bills. This represents the combined savings from electricity, water and wastewater.
If you want to calculate savings for your laundry room, you can use our savings calculator.
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The greater the frequency of use, the greater the utility savings. And, of course, different utility rates make for different levels of savings.
Another important factor has to do with the amount of detergent your tenants put into these new machines. Because they use much less water, they require much less detergent. In fact, high sudsing can lessen your savings and result in a poorer quality finished wash. A quarter cup of a low sudsing detergent is all that most loads require. LaundryWise participants in Seattle City Light service territory can receive free user education packets that include quarter cup laundry scoops.