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High Efficiency Clothes Washers

High efficiency washing machines with Energy Star certification can save both water and energy...and utility costs.

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EPA Energy Star high efficiency energy  conservation appliances When buying an appliance, remember that it has two price tags: what you pay to take it home and what you pay for the energy and water it uses. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10–50% less energy and water than standard models. The money you save on your utility bills can more than make up for the cost of a more expensive but more efficient ENERGY STAR model.

An estimated 84 million American households own washing machines and approximately 8 million washers are sold in the United States annually.

Clothes washers meeting CEE's specifications use up to 72 percent less energy and up to 57 percent less water compared to standard-efficiency washers.

Federal high-efficiency energy minimum standard for clothes washers include a Modified Energy Factor (MEF) of 1.26.

They are projected to save as much as 475 kWh per year when used with an electric water heater and electric dryer.

Savings are projected to be up to 13 therms of gas per year when used with a gas water heater and gas dryer.

Potential water savings are estimated at up to 8,000 gallons annually.


High Efficiency Washing

Your utility costs are a major monthly expense. If your laundromat or laundry room's washing machines are over 5 years old, you may be paying too much on your utility bills.

By installing new High Efficiency Clothes Washers (HEW), you can reduce your energy costs by about 50%. In addition, you will lower your water and sewer costs by 35-50%.

The new, High Efficiency Clothes Washers help to minimize drying time by extracting more water from the clothes in the spin cycle than in traditional machines. High Efficiency Washers also require 50% less laundry detergent, so customers will realize additional savings.

Rebate programs often have a number of High Efficiency Clothes Washers (HEW) that qualify in a variety of price ranges, with a factor of 7.5 gallons of water per cycle or less. Rebates are frequently available for units installed and operating in facilities such as laundromats, multiple housing units, common areas and hotels or motels.

Some Companies that Manufacture High-Efficiency Clothes Washers

Today, high-efficiency clothes washers are produced by every major domestic manufacturer and are readily available in virtually all retail outlets.


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