This morning I just had to wake up at 6am, you know why? Because I’m working from home, so no need to get on the train and into the office. Well, since I was up and couldn’t get back to sleep I just decided to start of this beautiful Wednesday with a nice load of laundry and a cup of coffee.
I don’t know if it was the smell of the coffee, the early morning or maybe just a new awoken awareness that made me realize that my washing machine have something called ECO programs, so for each program there is an ECO washing option. Why on earth haven’t I used this before, I thought to myself, and obviously choose it this morning.Then I sat down on the couch and realized – I have no idea what the ECO program mean, what so ever, and then I turned to my good friend Google (where I found the nice picture above);
One answer I could find was that it has two water intakes, one for hot and one for cold water so it doesn’t heat the water itself, thus saving energy. However, my machine is only hooked up to the hot water pipe, so I guess it doesn’t help me (and that means it doesn’t heat the water really, anyhow).
It also seems like it might be using less water, which I guess is good for the environment as well, I’m sure I will find out soon. There is a third option too that I found, and that is that it is using faster spin-cycle that will leave your clothes dryer so that less time is needed in the tumbler, again, I hang-dry my clothes so this doesn’t really mean that much to me either.
Since my friend, the almighty Google, doesn’t seem to be able to be of assistance in this matter I guess I’ll just have to do what any other person would do – I’ll send a mail to Electrolux and ask them!
Electrolux came back pretty much straight away with (my translation) the following answer;
“The ECO machine has another heating phase of the water and uses less water, however the cycle time might be longer”.
So I guess it is a good thing!