Energy Star is the energy efficiency website run by the Environmental Protection Agency that recommends appliances that are manufactured to the same quality standards as regular appliances. The exception is that these appliances are much more energy efficient and use less power than other new models.
If you are looking for an energy efficient dryer, the Energy Star program does not include dryers as their power savings are negligible no matter how efficient a dryer is made. There are some dryers more energy efficient such as gas dryers over electric but the official Energy Star program does not recognize them.
Tax incentives are available until the end of 2010 for 30 percent of the purchase of an Energy Star appliance up to $1,500. A washer would be a logical choice for such an improvement in your home’s arsenal. Replacing a washer more than 10 years old can save $135 per year if you replace it with an Energy Star rated appliance. Not only do washers save on electricity but also on water consumption.
Amana’s 4.0 cubic foot front load washer has computer-controlled settings. You can even buy a model in quiet mode and with many other great features. The NFW7300 model is sold at Sears and other retailers nationwide.
What is most amazing about this high efficiency washer is that it has every kind of cycle imaginable and uses much less water, electricity, and detergent than normal washers. The MSRP for Amana’s middle of the road washer is $649.
Maytag is one of the most recognizable appliance companies in the United States. They are known for durability and a lack of needing repairs. The same is true of high efficiency washers available to consumers today.
The MVWC400 top load high efficiency washer uses up to 70 percent less water and energy than other clothes washers made just six years ago. The Maytag website claims it will pay for itself in 6 years at a cost of $529. Lowe’s and Sears are some of the national retailers that sell this 4.3 cubic foot washer.
Whirlpool’s WTW57ES is a fairly straightforward washer to use. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles that the Amana washer has but as far as a basic energy saver the Whirlpool will do in a pinch.
The washer comes with a quiet mode, fabric softener dispenser, and 32 cycles. Whirlpool sells this 4.0 cubic foot model at Best Buy for only $480.
General Electric’s WHRE5550 washer is a 4.1 cubic foot top load washer with knob controls. It’s unique RainShower rinse system fills the basin from above and below to use less water and a 700 RPM washer gets more water of your clothes before they even hit the dryer.
General Electric’s washer is only $549 at most retailers and even cheaper if you can find sales. It has a quiet mode in addition to other efficient features.
Frigidaire’s FTF530s is a 3.1 cubic foot washer that retails for $649. This model of washer is sturdy as it gets 900 RPMs to help get the water out of your clothes before hitting the dryer.
Frigidaire has many models of high efficiency washers that reduce energy and water consumption by as much as 70 percent. This washer is great for smaller loads and tighter spaces for apartments or lofts.
In general, each of these washers is rated to use around 200 to 250 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Other models use even less energy but are more expensive and could cost over a thousand dollars. When you consider possible tax incentives there could be a way to increase your budget with extra savings later on so you can get a better model of clothes washer.
Each manufacturer’s individual website and the Energy Star website provided information for this article.