Device could make washing machines lighter and greener

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Device could make washing machines lighter and greener

Post by Guest on Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:47 am

A simple device to cut the weight of washing machines could save fuel, cut carbon emissions, and reduce back injuries, according to researchers.

A typical budget washing machine is weighted by 25kg of concrete to stop it moving while on a spin cycle. The new invention is a sealable plastic container that is filled with water - but only once the machine is in place. The team at Nottingham Trent University says the change makes machines easier - and cheaper - to transport. By replacing the concrete with empty containers, the weight of the machine is cut by a third. If the change became standard, it would cut the weight of trucks carrying the machines which would in turn cut emissions. The research suggests that with around 3.5 million washing machines sold annually in the UK, the new device could save around 44,625 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year.


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Re: Device could make washing machines lighter and greener

Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:00 pm

What could be even more efficient than "cutting the size of trucks.." would be carrying more machines on the same size vehicle...

Therefore leading to less trucks on the road, less fuel being used overall, less congestion in around cities, less pollution..

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