Clothes Washers

Clothes washers have seen a 70% drop in energy use since 1990. If your washer is more than 10 years old, consider buying a new ENERGY STAR® certified clothes washer.

These washers use less energy, less water, and have greater capacity, allowing you to wash the same amount of laundry in fewer loads. Both top-load and front-load models are available.

New technologies move clothes in the washer without a central agitator and rinse clothes by spraying instead of filling the tub with water, resulting in a gentler wash that uses less water.

Use the EnergyGuide label or visit to compare models.

Clothes Washer Tips

  • Warm or cold water is generally sufficient to clean your laundry; most of the energy used by clothes washers goes to heating water. Using warm water instead of hot water can cut a load’s energy use in half, and using cold water will save even more.
  • Cold water detergents can be helpful to ensure items get clean, and high-efficiency detergents (indicated by the “he” symbol) should be used when required by the manufacturer.
  • Try to wash full loads and use an appropriate water setting if you must wash a small load.
  • Use the high-speed or extended spin cycle to remove as much moisture as possible before drying.