Among all house appliances, many people quit using washing machines to save on electricity. A washing machine is considered the electronic appliance that consumes most electricity and increases electricity bill significantly.
Is the power consumption of a washing machine really that much?
How many watts does a washing machine consume?
The energy consumption of a washing machine varies based on its type. This is because each has distinct characteristics and operations, leading to different electrical power requirements.
A semi-automatic twin tub washing machine, with separate tubs for washing and spinning, typically consumes around 150-300 watts. However, this consumption is higher for single tub washers, which typically range from 350 watts to as much as 2,200 watts. We have a comparison article about differences between 1 tub and 2 tub washing machines to provide more helpful information.
To provide a more precise estimate of electricity consumption, let's categorize single tub washers into front load and top load types.
Front loading washing machines, which are fully automatic and load clothes from the front, usually require 400-500 watts of electric power. However, this consumption can surge up to 2,200 watts when using advanced features like high-temperature water washing.
Similarly, top loading washing machines, which are fully automatic but load clothes from the top, generally consume between 350-500 watts.
It is important to note that energy consumption can fluctuate based on the machine's efficiency, water temperature, and load size. Therefore, it is recommended to opt for a washing machine with a high energy efficiency rating to minimize energy consumption and, consequently, reduce electricity bills.
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What is the electricity cost of using a washing machine?
Now that you’ve had a general idea of how many watts a washing machine consumes, let’s find out how much it actually costs you per month in terms of electricity bill. Our calculation is based on washing habits of an average family in Indonesia.
For example, say you use a washing machine that consumes 350 watts of power for washing and drying your laundry. Say you use the washing machine twice a week in duration of 2 hours per wash (using the Quick time model). It means the washing machine works for about 4 hours per week, or 16 hours per month.
The calculation formula is very simple.
- Power consumption = appliance power rating x duration of use (hours)
- 1 month washing machine power consumption = 350 watts x 16 hours = 5,600 WH = 5,6 kWH.
We have get the total electric energy for the washing machine. Now let's calculate the cost to operate the washing machine.
- Electricity cost = usage (kWh) x Electricity Base Rate (TDL)
- Electricity cost = 5.6 x Rp. 1,467 per kWh = Rp 8,215,00.
So for 1 month use of the washing machine, the cost is Rp. 8.215,00 (Eight Thousand Two Hundred and Fifteen Rupiahs). This calculation is made based on 1300VA house non-subsidized power limit (basic electricity rate of Rp. 1,467 per kWh).
So do you still consider it expensive?
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You can even save more watts with Electrolux UltraEco front load washing machines
Although it is already very low, you can still reduce power cost for a washing machine even further by using the Electrolux UltraEco front load washing machines. This specific product range is claimed to be able to complete a washing cycle even more efficiently compared other Electrolux washing machine products.
Keep in mind that it is the older Electrolux product series. Electrolux washing machines are known to be power efficient and can do washing effectively.
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Furthermore, this washing machine is completed with a Leaf Filter and Lily Drum, that ensure gentler tumbling in the washing machine. The effect is that not only the laundry becomes cleaner, but also preserved and keeps its vibrant color.
Hopefully, our post has addressed your concern over how many watts a washing machine consumes or whether it’s worth investing on one.
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