The average American family washes about 300 loads of laundry each year. ENERGY STAR can help families cut their related energy and water costs. ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers use about 35% less energy and 35% less water than regular washers. They also have a greater tub capacity which means you can wash fewer loads to clean the same amount of laundry. They are available in front-load and top-load models. The top-load models look like standard machines on the outside, yet they do not waste water filling up the tub. They clean using sophisticated wash systems to flip or spin clothes through a stream of water. Many have sensors to monitor incoming water levels and temperature. They also rinse clothes with repeated high-pressure spraying instead of soaking them in a full tub of water.
Consider the following:
- Use less energy. On average, a new ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer uses will save about $60 on utility bills, each year. Over the life of your washer, you'll save enough money to pay for the matching dryer.
- Use less water. A full-sized ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer uses 21 gallons of water per load, compared to the 33 gallons used by a standard machine. Over the machine's lifetime, that's a savings of 3,600 gallons of water each year!!
- Is your washer over 10 years old? It's estimated that there are 76 million top-loading washers with agitators, 25 million of which are at least 10 years old, still in use across the country. Washers manufactured before 2003 are significantly less efficient than newer models. Together, these inefficient washers cost consumers $2.9 billion each year in energy and water.
If every clothes washer purchased in the U.S. this year earned the ENERGY STAR, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $4 billion each year, preventing 31 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emssions - the equivalent of the emissions from 3 million vehicles.
Current Specification Effective Date: February 1, 2013
Clothes washers originally qualified for the ENERGY STAR label in May, 1997. Clothes washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR are about 35% more efficient than non-qualified models and are more efficient than models that simply meet the federal minimum standard for energy efficiency.
Only front and top loading clothes washers meeting the ENERGY STAR definitions for residential clothes washer and commercial clothes washer, with capacities greater than 1.6ft3 and less than 6.0 ft3 are eligible to earn ENERGY STAR certification.