When Mark and I were talking about living off grid, we decided early on that we wanted to have as many modern conveniences as possible. We both did not want to have to hand wash our clothes. So, having a washing machine was on the list of appliances that we wanted to have. When Mark was figuring our power usage for our home he took the list of items we would have in our house that would take power and calculated how much power we would need and then designed our solar system to fit our power usage.
With being off grid for about five years now, I have to say that Mark did an outstanding job with our solar system. We are able to use whatever power we need, like using our washing machine, pretty much any time we need and this is with minimal generator usage throughout the year.
Last summer our old Kenmore washing machine died and we had to purchase a new one. There were three things we looked for when looking for a new washing machine.
- No phantom loads
- Least amount of water
- Least amount of power
These three things can be helpful for those of you who are off grid and on the grid. Anything that can be done to cut the amount of power use will be of assistance to anyone.
Here is a little video talking about having a washing machine whether on the grid or off the grid and what to look for. Enjoy!