3. C. CLOTHES WASHERS

  • Clothes washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR use about 35 percent less water and energy.

    NOTE: Clothes washer savings estimate includes both savings from the washer (machine, hot water), and dryer (since more efficient washers receive “credit” for spinning more water out of clothes).
    Source: U.S. EPA
  • A new ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer will save you about $60 a year on your utility bills compared to a standard model. Over the life of your washer, you�ll save enough money to pay for the matching dryer.
    Source: U.S. EPA
  • Full-sized washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR use 21 gallons of water per load, compared to the 33 gallons used by a standard machine. Over the life of the washer, you�ll save nearly 3,600 gallons of water per year.

    NOTE: Savings compares a 3.5 cu-ft. certified clothes washer to a 3.5 cu-ft. non-certified model.
    Source: U.S. EPA
  • On average, it will cost you $100 a year to do laundry with your new ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer. If you have a traditional clothes washer that is over 10 years old, it�s costing you, on average, $225.

    NOTE: Estimated annual savings considers the energy and water-use associated with an average household�s washer and dryer use.
    Source: U.S. EPA
General Fact:
  • The average American family washes about 300 loads of laundry each year.

    Note: The Department of Energy clothes washer test procedure currently assumes 392 cycles (loads) per year. However, in the latest test procedure rulemaking DOE has proposed revising the number of annual cycles, downward to 295, based on the latest data available from EIA Residential Clothes Washers; Proposed Rule Department of Energy, September 21, 2010.
    Source: DOE's Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Test Procedure for Residential Clothes Washers; Proposed Rule, September 21, 2010

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