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Clothes Washer Benefits and Costs


How much does a new high-efficiency clothes washer cost?

High-efficiency washers start at about $550 and go up from there to over $1,000. Good quality standard clothes washers typically sell for $450 - $550, so the high-efficiency machines are definitely more expensive.

However, if you are in the market for a clothes washer, consider that the water, wastewater, and energy savings from a high-efficiency machine may well make up the cost difference in just a few months or years. You can use the payback calculator below to determine if a high-efficiency machine makes sense for you and your family. A higher efficiency machine will use less water and also energy when less water is heated for each warm water wash cycle. The higher the efficiency of the machine, the lower the Water Factor (measure of water used per cycle per cubic foot size of machine).

To sweeten the deal, some water and/or electric utilities now offer financial incentives for purchasing a high-efficiency washer. You can contact your water or electric utility for information about any incentive (or rebate) programs. If such a program exists in your area, the clothes washer salesperson is likely to know about it.p>

High efficiency clothes washers are now offered by almost all the leading manufacturers and should be available wherever clothes washers are sold. For a list of stores in your area, try the ENERGY STAR store locator. All you need is a zip code!

High-Efficiency Clothes Washer Dollars and Sense

The savings you will achieve with a new high-efficiency clothes washer will depend primarily on the make and model you select. If your current washer is a standard top-loading model purchased sometime in the past 30 years, it is a pretty safe bet that it uses about 40 gallons per load of clothes.

Water Costs
Clothes washers have a significant impact on water and sewer costs. The national average for water and sewer costs is estimated to be $2.84 per 1000 gallons. This brings the estimated total cost for water and sewer over the life of the clothes washer to be around $660 (based on 8 loads of clothes a week for 14 years).

Energy Costs
A standard clothes washer will cost almost $1,100 in energy to operate over its lifetime (based on 8 loads of clothes a week for 14 years, using 13,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity at an average cost of 8.6 cents per kilowatt-hour).

A typical clothes dryer will also cost $1,100 to operate over its lifetime.

The total estimated cost to operate a clothes washer over the life of the product is $1,700 plus $1,100 for the drier.

These values are estimates and your costs may be different depending upon how much you use your appliances and the cost of water, sewer, and energy in your area.

To estimate specific energy costs for your household in your area visit the ENERGYguide “home analyzer” feature.

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