CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Clothes Washers – Energy Star Savings

2014-05-09T11:13:00Z 2014-05-09T17:59:11Z CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Clothes Washers – Energy Star SavingsJoseph Pellicciotti Times Business Columnist nwitimes.com
May 09, 2014 11:13 am  • 

If you are considering buying a new clothes washer, you may want to review the buying guidance available from the EPA and Department of Energy at the EnergyStar.gov website.

According to the government website, Americans on average wash 300 loads of wash a year. Significant energy cost savings can result if Americans use Energy Star certified washers, which use about 20 percent less energy and 35 percent less water than regular washers.

EnergyStar.gov states that through the use of sophisticated washing systems Energy Star washers can operate at about $85 a year, using about 15 gallons of water per load, compared to the 23 gallons used by a standard machine.

Older washers (those more than 10 years old) are particularly less efficient. The government estimated that inefficient older washers cost consumers $2.8 billion each year in energy and water.

And, the website reports if every washer purchased this year was Energy Star earned, Americans would save $40 million kWh of electricity, 20 billion gallons of water, and 1.4 trillion BTUs of natural gas every year, resulting in energy bill savings of about $250 million, every year.

For specific buying guidance (including help in finding and comparing products) for purchasing not only washers, but also other Energy Star products such as dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, furnaces, air conditioners and electronics, go to www.energystar.gov.

Opinions are solely the writer's. Pellicciotti is an Indiana University Northwest faculty member and administrator. The article is for informational purposes only and not intended as specific advice. Consult your professional adviser before taking action. Author does not endorse/guarantee content within websites.

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