When the time comes to shop for a new appliance, you want to make sure you are getting one that will get the job done, while saving you time and money. Key things to look for when shopping for a new washer and dryer are that they will save you energy and be efficient. So, it is best to look for a washer and dryer that is Energy Star certified. Below is a guide to help you purchase the perfect appliances for you!
What is an Energy Star Washer?
Energy Star uses 25% less energy and 45% less water each wash. This is highly attributed to their advanced technology that uses a stream of water to wash, rather than filling up the whole washer with water. They also hold more clothes, so that you don't have to run as many loads. The only cons to Energy Star are that these appliances are more expensive up front and don't have a high market penetration. In the long run, however, if you can invest in an appliance that is Energy Star certified, you won't regret it.
Front loading washers are more efficient in energy and water and take up less space. They also, however, cost more, require high efficiency detergent, and can collect mold if not aired out.
Rule of thumb: All washers are more efficient when using cold water.
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Learn more about Energy Star Washers Here! For a list of Energy Star certified washers, visit Energy Star Washers.
It is not as important to get the Energy Star seal of approval for your dryer, but you should be cognizant of a few things:
Energy Star Certified Dryers:
Energy Star certified Dryers use 20% less energy. While the savings aren't as drastic as with washers, Energy Star Dryers can still "save more than $1.5 billion each year in utility costs and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to more than 2 million vehicles."
Learn more about Energy Star Dryers Here! For a list of Energy Star Dryers, visit Home Depot.
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