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ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers use up to 30% less energy

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Find out how much you can save by purchasing ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances.

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Your washer and dryer are a big drain on energy and water. However, ENERGY STAR® qualified clothes washers are cheaper to operate and use up to 30% less energy than standard models. Plus, they use half the amount of water of standard washers, saving between 8,000 – 11,000 gallons of water per year.

That means you could save an average of $50 up to $135 per year on your energy bill, depending on the age of your current clothes washer. You'll also use 17 fewer gallons of water every time you wash a load of laundry.

Some of the advanced features that make these energy and water savings possible include:

Save money with ENERGY STAR appliances
  • Front-load or redesigned top-load designs that gently flip and spin clothes through a reduced stream of water, rather than twisting and pulling clothes around a turning agitator
  • Efficient motors that spin clothes two to three times faster during the spin cycle to extract more water so clothes aren't as wet when they get put into the dryer
  • More space in the washer means you'll be doing fewer loads of laundry each week

So when you're in the market for a new clothes washer, visit a retailer near you and ask the sales associate to show you models with the ENERGY STAR and the yellow EnergyGuide labelLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Be sure to check the Modified Energy Factor and Water FactorLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. The higher the Modified Energy Factor, the more efficient the clothes washer will be. The Water Factor refers to the number of gallons of water used per cycle, per cubic foot. The lower the Water Factor, the better.

Also, remember to recycle your old clothes washer so it doesn't end up in a landfill. Many appliance retailers will pick up and recycle your old clothes washer when you purchase a new one. Some local recycling centersLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. and transfer stationsLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. provide recycling services as well.

Change for the better with ENERGY STAR

What about my clothes dryer?

Because most dryers use similar amounts of energy, they are not ENERGY STAR qualified. However, you can still reduce the energy your clothes dryer uses by:

  • Drying towels and heavier cottons separate from lighter weight clothes
  • Looking for a dryer with a moisture sensor so you don't over-dry clothes
  • Cleaning the lint filter after every load to improve air circulation
  • Cleaning the dryer vent regularly to save money and prevent a fire
  • Using the cool-down cycle to finish drying clothes with the residual heat in the dryer

Boost your energy savings with these energy-saving tips.

Last Updated: 04/10/2014