Energy Star label on clothes washer
  • Wash your clothes in cold water and use detergents specially designed for cold water loads.
  • Wash and dry full loads when possible. Always use the appropriate setting for the size of the load.
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after each load.
  • Periodically inspect the dryer vent to make sure there are no blockages.
  • Consider air-drying clothing on warm days on clothes lines or drying racks.
  • When shopping for a new clothes washer, look for the ENERGY STAR® label. These models use about 40 less energy and significantly less water compared to a standard model. You may qualify to receive a cash incentive for your purchase.

Typical usage details

Type Watts Cost per load
Clothes dryer 4,350 to 5,500 watts 26 to 46 cents
Clothes washer 500 watts 3 to 4 cents
Water heating for washer N/A 15 to 22 cents

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