It turns out that it does all come out in the wash!
Some say that the clothes make the person. While this may or may not be so, when it comes to selecting what will wash those clothes, an Energy Star-labeled washer is the one that makes sense.
The reason? Since its start 20 years ago, Energy Star has made great strides in bringing more energy and water efficient washers to consumers. In fact, today's Energy Star certified clothes washer uses about 70% less energy and 75% less water than a standard washer used 20 years ago!
And, choosing to purchase an Energy Star certified clothes washer today over a standard washer will ensure that your household uses about 20% less energy and 35% less water when doing laundry.
Since the average American family washes about 300 loads of laundry each year, and doing laundry accounts for about 22% of the water used in a typical home, those savings can add up quickly.
Purchasing a new washer
When purchasing a new washer, consider selecting an Energy Star-approved clothes washer. It will save your household water, energy, and money. And, be sure to check with your energy and water providers to see if they have washing machine rebate program for their customers.
Wash only full loads
And, if a new Energy Star washer is not in the cards right now, you can still conserve significant amounts of energy and water by making sure to run your washer only when it is full. Following manufacturer's instructions on care and maintenance of your current washer, along with spot treating instead of pre-soaking stained clothing, can also ensure efficient water use.