Savings for Consumers and Saving the Environment

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 6:18 PM

Saving energy in the future may be possible with washing machines that use less water.

There is a prototype washing machine that uses 90 percent less water than current washers do, which could make sustainability easier in the future. Nylon beads replace the water. The polarized molecules in the nylon beads attract dirt, then separate enough to allow that dirt to become trapped inside, thus requiring less water than standard washers do.

Less water means less energy to purify, heat, and transport it. Plans are underway to use these machines in commercial laundries sometime during next year and someday they may be available for in home use. This would have a great effect on consumer energy bills.

To learn more, read the entire article in Popular Science at http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2009-10/clean-your-clothes-plastic .

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