DOE Announces New Clothes Washer Criteria
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced stricter criteria for clothes washers to qualify for the ENERGY STAR label, which provides consumers an easy way to identify which clothes washers save the most energy and use the least water. The new criteria take effect on January 1, 2007, and will require that all qualified clothes washers be a minimum of 37 percent better than the Federal standard. For the first time, water efficiency is also explicitly included in the criteria. The new criteria are expected to save $70 million in energy bills and 8.9 billion gallons of water each year. View the 2007 Partner Commitments (PDF, 164KB).