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Price City advises front-load washers for better efficiency

Top-loading washing machines are becoming as much of a dinosaur as manual-defrost freezers, according to Price City.

If it's time to replace your washing machine, Community Director Nick Tatton recommends investing in an energy efficient front-loading washer.

Front loaders, which hit the market in the 1990s, may be a little more expensive, but they will pay off in the long run with decreased water and electricity use, and lower utility bills.

Following are a few shopping tips:

Compare how efficient your favorite model is to similar machines by reading the yellow and black Energy Guide that every washing machine displays in the store.

Insist on a washer with a high spin speed (1,000 to 1,200 rpm); speedier spins remove more moisture from clothes so they have to spend less time in the dryer. That not only saves energy and lowers you bill, it helps you match the dryer time to the washer time more closely.

Your model should have the option to slow the spin speed down for delicate items.

Consider machines that have convenience options such as settings for different fabrics, and sensors that "decide" on the best water level and temperature for the type of clothes you're washing.

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