In recent years, clothes washer technology has seen dramatic improvements in efficiency and functionality. Selecting an ENERGY STAR qualified washer ensures you get premium features and equal functionality, in addition to the following benefits:
Purchasing an ENERGY STAR qualified model rather than a non-qualified model will save you an average of about $70 a year on your utility bills. Over the life of your new washer, you’ll save enough money to pay for the matching dryer.
Washers built before 1999 are significantly less efficient than newer models. If your washer is more than 10 years old, you’re paying over $135 more each year on your utility bill than you would if you owned a new ENERGY STAR qualified model.
New ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers use advanced technology to dramatically reduce water use. Full-sized washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR use 10–20 gallons of water per load, compared to the 30–35 gallons used by a standard machine.
Instead of twisting and pulling clothes around a turning agitator, front-load and advanced top-load clothes washers use sophisticated wash systems to gently flip and spin clothes through a reduced stream of water. This lengthens the life of often-washed items. Because they are so gentle, many models can safely clean silk, wool and other hand-washables.
Without a bulky agitator, there is more usable space in the washer for laundry — especially larger items like comforters. More capacity means fewer loads of laundry each week. What will you do with your extra time?
Nearly 70 percent of U.S. electricity is generated by burning coal and natural gas, which releases greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere and causes climate change. ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers use less energy and help us reduce our impact on the environment. By reducing water consumption, ENERGY STAR qualified washers also help protect our lakes, streams, and oceans. Find out more ways to save water and help protect our nation's water supply.