Always choose an Energy Star Washer for Energy Efficiency

Energy Star Washer

The Energy Star washer uses superior designs that require less water to get clothes thoroughly clean. These machines use sensors to match the hot water needs to the load, preventing energy waste.

There are two designs: top-loading and front-loading. Both designs will get clothes cleaner, provide energy efficiency and take better care of your fabrics, while using less water and energy than standard washing machines. Front-loading Energy Star® models are similar in design to washers used in laundromats. These horizontal-axis or tumble-action machines repeatedly lift and drop clothes, instead of moving clothes around a central axis. Top-loading Energy Star® washers use sensor technology to closely control the incoming water temperature. To reduce water consumption, they spray clothes with repeated high-pressure rinses to remove soap residues rather than soaking them in a full tub of rinse water.

What does this mean to you?

• Nearly 50 percent less water and 30% to 40% less energy used per load • Washer design causes less wear and tear on clothes • Bulky items such as blankets fit easily in the super capacity basket • Better water extraction means less dry time, for further energy savings A typical household does nearly 400 loads of laundry per year, using about 40 gallons of water per full load with a conventional washer. In contrast, a full-size Energy Star® clothes washer uses 20 to 25 gallons per load. You could save as much as 7,000 gallons of water per year. And, you are saving all the energy that would have been needed to heat that water. This adds up to savings for you and a big boost for the environment.

How do I choose the right washer?

Energy Star® clothes washers come in a range of capacities from about 1.6 cubic feet up to 2.9 cubic feet. A typical large-capacity washer, such as found in most households, is about 2.7 cubic feet. Because washers are most efficient when they are fully loaded, you should choose a size that most closely matches your laundry needs. For a family that does a lot of laundry, one of the larger models probably makes the most sense. For an individual or couple who do less laundry, a small model will be the most economical. Some Energy Star models can be stacked or mounted under a countertop. This is a useful feature for people short on space, such as in an apartment dwelling. Check with the manufacturer to see which models are available in this configuration.

Energy Star Washer Buyers Guide

Energy Tip for Dryer Choice

Energy Star does not rate dryers do the fact that there is little or no savings between models. When choosing your dryer, we recommend that you choose the make and model of your washer choice. The Energy Star washer will save you enough money to pay for your dryer.

Since saving on appliance operation costs and energy along with choosing top quality for reliability you should also make sure you have ran your household energy audit. A simple step by step guide for home energy audits can be found at Energy Audits Made Simple

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