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I dream about the days when I have no laundry. There are rare occasions when I actually get every single stitch of dirty clothes washed and can see to the bottom of all the laundry baskets. Those moments don’t last long because we have six people in our family and one change of clothes makes up an entire load of laundry. If only kids didn’t get dirty? Well that’s not my reality. Since my washer and dryer are used pretty much every single day, I’m thankful they are ENERGY STAR® certified appliances.
What is the difference in an ENERGY STAR certified appliance?
Simply put, they are better for your clothes, better for you and your family, and better for the environment.
- Better for you – ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers and dryers save energy, which means that you will save on energy bills.
- Better for the environment – Saving energy means that ENERGY STAR certified washers and dryers help protect the climate, which means that your kids and the planet will benefit for years to come.
- Better for your clothes – ENERGY STAR clothes washers use a variety of sophisticated cleaning methods that are gentler on your clothes, while ENERGY STAR clothes dryers use less heat and sensor drying which reduces wear and tear on clothes from over drying.
Each time we stroll through Best Buy, I drool over the wide selection of ENERGY STAR appliances. I have been dreaming of remodeling my kitchen since we moved into our new house and my current dryer has been repaired by my husband quite a few times. Our time is coming soon when we will soon be replacing quite a few of the larger appliances in our home and the ENERGY STAR appliances at Best Buy are on our list. Best Buy is committed to positively impacting the environment and its communities. Because they are committed to have a positive impact, Best Buy provides their customers with a wide assortment of sustainable products. This includes offering a large selection of energy-efficient products, including ENERGY STAR certified electronics and appliances.
ENERGY STAR Certified Washers + Dryers
Some months I am really shocked at our water consumption. We do really try to conserve water and energy in many ways. Did you know that having an ENERGY STAR washer can help you tremendously? If all clothes washers sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR certified, we would save more than $4 billion each year and prevent more than 19 billion pounds of carbon pollution annually. This is equal to the emissions from 1.7 million vehicles.
Over the lifetime of the product, an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer saves:
- 1,100 kWh and more than 2.5 million BTUs of natural gas
- 33,000 gallons of water
- $490 over the product’s lifetime
After having both a top loader and front loader ENERGY STAR washer, our most recent purchase was another top loader. I LOVE that it doesn’t have a central agitator and I don’t have clothes constantly catching and getting tangled or ripped. It spins so much faster and as a result, uses less water.
Advanced features found in some ENERGY STAR Washer models:
- Multiple configurations– ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers are available in either front-load or redesigned top-load configurations which include technology innovations that help save energy and water.
- Sophisticated wash systems– ENERGY STAR certified top-load machines clean your clothing just like standard models without wasting water to fill up the tub. Instead, these machines use sophisticated wash systems to cycle clothes through a mixture of water and detergent, allowing the clothes to be cleaned without using excess water or detergent.
- No central agitator– Front-load machines tumble clothes through a small amount of water instead of rubbing clothes against an agitator, while advanced top-load machines lift and tumble clothes through a reduced stream of water. Both designs dramatically reduce the amount of hot water and energy used in the wash cycle.
- High spin speeds– Efficient motors spin clothes two to three times faster to extract more water. Less moisture in the clothes means less time in the dryer and less energy spent drying clothes.
- Long live your clothes– Front-load and advanced top-load clothes washers’ sophisticated wash systems use a variety of methods to lift and tumble your laundry, lengthening the life of often-washed items. Additionally, because they are so gentle, many models can safely clean silk, wool and other hand-washables.
ENERGY STAR certified dryers use approximately 20% less energy than standard models
When it comes to our dryer, it is an ENERGY STAR certified dryer but is an older model. We purchased it before we had children, so it must be over twelve years old. Bryan has done all the maintenance and replaced several parts over the years. It has been a great dryer but we expect it will need to be replaced in the next year or two. Without a doubt we will be purchasing another ENERGY STAR certified dryer. If all clothes dryers sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $1.5 billion each year and 22 billion pounds of annual carbon pollution would be prevented. This is equal to the emissions from 2 million vehicles, a huge impact to the environment.
Advanced features of an ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryers:
- Low Heat Setting– Longer drying cycles on a low heat setting use less energy. When you purchase an ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryer, look for the cycle that uses the least amount of energy, sometimes known as the “energy-saving” selection.
- Steam Cycles– Many ENERGY STAR dryers also include convenient features, such as a steam cycle that can help save time on ironing clothes by preventing wrinkles.
Not everyone can go out and replace their washer and dryer set just because they would like a new pair, we certainly can’t. But I can tell you that whenever we are in the market for a new appliance, ENERGY STAR appliances are the only ones considered. When it comes to laundry, ENERGY STAR washers and dryers deliver superior efficiency and performance. They are 20-25% more efficient than standard models. Over the lifetime of an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer, you can save up to $490.