Energy Efficient Washer and Dryer

Washer and Dryer

The average household can significantly reduce the costs of doing laundry by replacing conventional washers and dryers with new, more efficient models. New tumble-action washers can cut energy use by up to 70% over that of conventional washers made before 1994. Water usage can also be reduced by 30-60%, an average savings of 3,500 to 6,000 gallons a year. Independent studies show that tumble-action washers may actually get clothes cleaner with a gentler tumbling action.


To increase your laundry savings:

  1. Use hot-water setting only for very dirty loads or when sanitizing is required.
  2. Pretreat stains and soak heavily soiled items before washing.
  3. Clean the lint filter after each load.

Gas Dryers

A new gas dryer is over 50% less expensive to operate than an electric dryer. Gas dryers made after May 1994 cannot have a constant-burning pilot light, but are equipped with an instant electronic ignition.

To increase your dryer savings:

  1. Sort loads to dry light and heavy articles separately.
  2. Dry full loads, but don't overload.
  3. Make sure to vent your dryer properly and keep the exhaust clean and obstruction free.
  4. Clean the lint filter after each load.

For more information about laundry energy savings visit the Department of Energy's ENERGY STAR(R) web site.