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Energy Star–qualified clothes washing machines use 50% less energy and 35% to 50% less water than a standard washer—and they do just as good a job of cleaning laundry. Replacing a washer that's over 10 years old can save $135 each year on your utility bills, according to the Energy Star program. Most Energy Star washing machines save energy and water through a horizontal axis design (usually front-loading instead of top-loading) that tumbles clothes in a small amount of water. These models also include a high-speed final spin cycle that extracts more moisture than standard washers. Less moisture means less drying time, which saves even more energy. And horizontal axis washing machines tend to be less abrasive to fabric than conventional top-loading machines with agitators, helping clothes last longer.

Choose a model that's the right size for your household's needs. Larger models hold more clothes but they use more energy too.

High-efficiency clothes washers typically require the use of low-sudsing, high-efficiency detergents (often labeled HE). These detergents are used in smaller amounts than conventional detergents and cost less per load.

Clothes Dryer Tips

When you can, dry laundry on a line outside or on racks in your home. You'll save energy and reduce wear and tear on fabrics. The Energy Star program does not cover clothes dryers. When shopping for a clothes dryer, choose a model with a moisture sensor. This feature saves energy by automatically turning off the machine when the clothes are dry. Also keep in mind that gas-fueled clothes dryers cost a lot less to run than electric models.

Electrolux4.3 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer
This 4.3 cu. ft. front load washer from Electrolux includes varied wash motions and bottom-vent steam options for top-notch front-load cleaning performance. The washer includes an "Eco Friendly" option that reduces the hot and warm water temperature a few degrees to save energy. LEARN MORE ►

FrigidaireAffinity 3.7 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer
Recognized by Energy Star as one of the most efficient washers in 2012 and 2013, this 3.7 cu. ft. front load washer includes an Energy Saver Option that reduces energy use up to 60%. LEARN MORE ►

Kenmore5.1 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer
This front load Kenmore Elite washer has a large 5.1 cu. ft. capacity for washing big loads of laundry at once. Its "Save Energy+" option provides additional energy savings on select cycles with the touch of a button. LEARN MORE ►

LG5.1 Cu. Ft. Mega Capacity Turbowash Washer with Steam Technology
This LG washer earned the Energy Star Most Efficient 2013 designation. Its large capacity lets you wash a king size comforter and full set of bedding in a single load. And its ColdWash technology uses cold water and enhanced washing motions to penetrate deep into fabrics, giving you cold water savings with warm water performance. LEARN MORE ►

MaytagMaxima XL Front Load Steam Washer
This 4.3 cu. ft. front load washer from Maytag provides excellent cleaning in hot or cold water. LEARN MORE ►

Samsung3.6 Cu. Ft. Large Capacity Front Load Washer
This 3.6 cu. ft. front load washer from Samsung is designed to provide a quieter wash so you can install your washer on the second floor or near bedrooms without being disturbed by noise. LEARN MORE ►

Samsung4.5 Cu. Ft. King-Size Capacity Front-Load Washer
This front load washer from Samsung sends you smartphone notifications when laundry is finished and gives you remote control access of your machine. The king-size capacity fits more wash so you can do fewer loads. And the Eco Cold Wash setting gets fabrics clean while saving water heating energy. LEARN MORE ►

Whirlpool4.3 Cu. Ft. Duet Steam Front Load Washer
This 4.3 cu. ft. front load washer from Whirlpool includes an EcoBoost Option that lowers water temperature and increases tumbling action to use less energy. Using adaptive wash actions and a concentrated solution of HE detergent, the Cold Wash cycle gently lifts stains and soils from fabrics. LEARN MORE ►

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