Washers and Dryers: New Looks & Fewer Loads

Washers and dryers have come a long way in terms of looks – new colors, sleek lines, great styling. The smart energy and water efficiency technology inside has come a long way, too. We can help you select the right style and size for your needs. Here are some things to consider.

Clothes washers that have earned the Energy Star have a greater tub capacity which means you can wash fewer loads to clean the same amount of laundry.

  • Save Water: A full-sized Energy Star qualified clothes washers uses 14 gallons of water per load, compared to the 27 gallons used by a standard machine. That's 50 percent less water, per load. Over the machine's lifetime, that's a savings of 43,000 gallons of water! They are available in front-load and top-load models. The top-load models look like standard machines on the outside, yet they do not waste water filling up the tub.
  • Save Energy: On average, a new Energy Star qualified clothes washer uses 270 kWh of electricity to run each year. They are at least 30% more efficient than non Energy Star qualified washers.
  • Moisture Sensor: While Energy Star does not label dryers, you can reduce your dryer's energy use by choosing a model with a moisture sensor. This feature automatically shuts off the machine when clothes are dry, which saves energy and reduces wear and tear on your clothes caused by over-drying.

Get Organized

Many new models can can be paired with some great accessories like pedestals and retractable clothing racks. Pedestals raise your washer and dryer to a more comfortable height for loading and unloading, so you don't have to bend and stoop as much. Plus, they offer great storage.

Consider building cabinets into your laundry room. This attractive cabinetry from Marsh Furniture helps keep everything in its place with valuable added storage space.

Add New Light Fixtures

Don't overlook the lighting in your laundry room. Having practical, good quality lighting in this work space can really make a difference on laundry day.

For example, Kichler makes great energy-efficient LED under-cabinet lighting. While overhead cabinets tend to cast shadows on laundry work areas, under-cabinet lights are designed to illuminate these high-use work surfaces.

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