We have three generations living in one household so you can imagine the amount of laundry being done in just one week. With three kids under eight years old and four adults it seems like the washer and dryer are going almost constantly. This definitely raises the electric bill quickly. The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Very recently my washing machine that was only three years old simply died. (hint: don’t overfill because wet clothes are heavy!) My daughter and I went shopping to replace it and we took a long time making a decision. There was more to consider than the features of the washer and the sticker price. We also had to be sure that it was ENERGY STAR® certified.
Why is ENERGY START so important?
I will admit that the first thing that came to my mind was the amount of money we would save since we do mountains of laundry. The average home saves about $45 a year on utility bills when they use the ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer compared to a standard model.
But there are environmental reasons as well. Did you know over the lifetime of the product just the washer saves 33,000 gallons of water? At first I admit I was thinking that I wanted that extra water in there to get the clothes clean but it helps to read up sometimes because these ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers use advanced features that get your clothes cleaner and are actually gentler on your clothes. Check out this video to learn more.
They have sophisticated wash systems that move your clothes through the water and detergent without wasting so much water or using a central agitator that rubs against your clothes. Less hot water is needed as well. It is all about doing the job better and more efficiently and this system can lengthen the life of often-washed items. Additionally, because they are so gentle, many models can safely clean silk, wool and other hand-washables.
If that wasn’t enough they spin your clothes at high speeds that extract more water. This means less time in the dryer and less energy spent to dry the clothes. (I can really appreciate each step that saves energy because in the long run it saves us money and it will leave a better planet for my grandchildren.)
We don’t have an ENERGY STAR dryer yet but that is next on the list since they use about 20% less energy than the standard model we have now. I would really like the steam cycle to help save time on ironing clothes.
Did you know if you use the low heat setting that even though it will take longer to dry the clothes it will use less energy? Just look for the “energy-saving” selection. I can’t wait until we can get one of these because I love putting this kind of stuff to the test.
· 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.
When we purchase a dryer we will be headed to Best Buy because they are committed to positively impacting the environment and its communities. Best Buy provides their customers with a wide assortment of sustainable products. Learn more on Best Buy’s blog. This includes offering a large selection of energy-efficient products, including ENERGY STAR certified electronics and appliances.
Anything that will lower our electric bill is a must around here. We get those letter from the electric company that say “You use 47% more electricity than the average in your neighborhood.” Well yes, because we have two families in one house and that costs more but we still have to do our part to bring that energy use down. It no longer makes sense to have old appliances that don’t work efficiently. Best Buy and ENERGY STAR make it easy to do your part for the environment while helping save you money and work to make your clothes last longer.