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Clothes Washers

Clothes Washers Compared to a model manufactured before 1994, an ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washer can save up to $110 per year on your utility bills. 

Earning the ENERGY STAR means a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy. Through superior design and system features, ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers clean clothes using 50% less energy than standard washers. The Modified Energy Factor (MEF) measures the energy used during the washing process, including machine energy, water heating energy, and dryer energy. The higher the MEF, the more efficient the clothes washer is.

Most full-sized ENERGY STAR qualified washers use 18-25 gallons of water per load, compared to the 40 gallons used by a standard machine. The Water Factor measures the gallons of water used per cycle per cubic foot (for example, a 3.0 cubic foot washer using 27 gallons per cycle has a water factor of 9.0). The lower the water factor, the less water the machine uses. Water factor is listed on the qualified product list. 

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Most ENERGY STAR qualified washers extract more water from clothes during the spin cycle. This reduces the drying time and saves energy and wear and tear on your clothes.

ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers are available in both top-loading and front-loading designs.
ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers are available as both residential and residential-style commercial clothes washers. Residential-style commercial clothes washers may or may not be coin-operated.

Remember, saving energy prevents pollution.

By choosing ENERGY STAR, you are helping prevent global warming and promote cleaner air without sacrificing the product quality and performance you expect. You may also be interested to know that you can save extra energy while washing clothes, whether with a standard or an ENERGY STAR qualified model: Wash full loads – Clothes washers are most efficient when operated with full loads. Wash clothes in cold water

What about Clothes Dryers?

ENERGY STAR does not label clothes dryers because most dryers use similar amounts of energy, which means there is little difference in the energy use between models. To reduce the amount of energy your clothes dryer uses: Use the moisture sensor option on your dryer, which automatically shuts off the machine when the clothes are dry. If your clothes washer has spin options, choose a high spin speed or extended spin option to reduce the amount of remaining moisture, thus starting the drying process before you put your clothes in the dryer. Air dry clothes whenever possible. To learn more about clothes dryers and energy efficiency, please visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Web page on dryers.

Choosing A Clothes Washing Machine

Choose a size that meets your household needs. ENERGY STAR labeled clothes washers are available in many sizes, ranging in capacity from 1.6 to 3.8 cubic feet. ENERGY STAR qualified models are also available in stackable and under-the-counter designs, which fit in smaller spaces.

Choose a model with a low water factor. Water Factor measures the gallons per cycle per cubic foot used by a clothes washer. The lower the value, the less water used per load. Water factor is listed on the qualified product list.

Look for several water level options. Choose a washing machine that has several options for adjusting the water level to fit the load.

Choose a model with a “mini-basket.” A mini-basket is a small tub that fits over the agitator, allowing you to wash very small loads.

Look for pre-soaking and suds-saver options. Both pre-soaking options and suds-saver features conserve energy.

Check the yellow EnergyGuide label. This label helps you determine how much energy it takes to operate the model, compare the energy use of similar models, and estimate annual operating costs. View a sample label.

Ask for ENERGY STAR. When buying a clothes washer from a contractor rather than a retail outlet, request an ENERGY STAR qualified model to ensure that it is energy-efficient.

Top Loading & Front Loading Clothes Washers

Top-loading models look like conventional machines from the outside, but these ENERGY STAR qualified washers use different types of washing action to get clothes clean with less water and energy. Many have sensors to monitor incoming water temperature closely. They also rinse clothes with repeated high-pressure spraying instead of soaking them in a full tub of water. Front-loading models are similar to machines used in laundromats. They use a horizontal or tumble-axis basket to lift and drop clothing into the water instead of rubbing clothes around a central agitator. Both top-loading and front-loading ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers save water and energy. They also use faster spin speeds to extract more water from clothes, reducing dryer time and energy use. For both models, check to see if you need to use special detergent. Low-water washers use special low-suds detergent for best results. Ask your sales representative for recommendations on detergent use.

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