Upgrade to an ENERGY STAR washing machine
Washing your clothes uses a significant amount of energy, especially if you use warm or hot water. New, efficient clothes washers use less water and energy than old and conventional washers, resulting in energy savings. Some newer models also allow you to wash more clothes per load and are gentler on your clothes.
clothes washers 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. ENERGY STAR top-load models utilize new technologies that do not require the tub to fill with water. 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 316 kWh of electricity and can save you about $35 a year on your utility bills compared to a standard model.
- Use less water - a full-sized ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer uses 14 gallons of water per load, compared to the 20 gallons used by a standard machine. That's a savings of more than 2,000 gallons of water, per year!!