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Alliance to Save Energy: Saving “Loads” of Money Through New Appliance Standards

May 18th, 2012  |  Published in Ask the Experts:, Residential

New efficiency standards released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will significantly reduce the amount of energy and water that it takes to do your dishes and laundry, potentially saving thousands of dollars. Any upfront additional costs to consumers will be offset within a two year period through energy savings and lower utility costs.

A recent article posted by the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) offers that the most efficient appliances are also the best at cleaning. According to ratings reported by Consumer Reports, products sold today that are compliant with new standards are among the best on the market. That means we can all benefit from energy savings without sacrificing cleaning performance!

“These efficiency improvements for clothes washers and dishwashers will save consumers money and provide consumers with more efficient options that are still affordable and high-performing,” said Consumers Union Policy Counsel Shannon Baker-Branstetter.

In fact, according to ASE, all of Consumer Reports’ highest-rated top- and front-loading models comply with the new standards, and most top-rated dishwashers meet the new standards.  These products all get high marks for washing performance. Currently available products that meet the new standards include highly featured models and more basic, low-price models.

Additional, a new top-loading clothes washer will use about 20 gallons of water to clean a load of laundry compared to 40 gallons used by some new washers as recently as two years ago. Clothes washer water use accounts for about 20% of household indoor water use, and the new standards will halve the amount of water used by the typical household to wash clothes.

“Clothes washers will save households as much as 10,000 gallons – the equivalent of taking 250 baths – every year under these new standards,” said Natural Resources Defense Council Senior Policy Analyst Ed Osann. “That’s good news for consumers, our environment and our economy – and especially for anybody with a house full of kids.”

For more information read the full article: New Clothes Washer and Dishwasher Standards to Save You Loads of Money.

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