If doing the laundry seems like a never-ending chore, you are not alone. The average family washes about 300 loads of laundry annually.
The good news is that you can do something good for your wallet and the planet the next time you throw a load in.
Look for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR label the next time you purchase a new washer and dryer, and make a choice that will be better for you, better for your clothes and better for the environment.
ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers are 25 percent more efficient than standard models and the dryers are 20 percent more efficient.
Using less energy helps protect the environment. And a bonus is that several of thee laundry products are actually better for your clothes. Certified clothes washers use technology that is gentler on your clothes, while certified dryers use less heat and sensor drying which reduces wear and tear from over drying.
You can save $380 over the lifetime of an certified clothes washer, and even more with a certified washer/dryer pair.
Brittney Gordon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, [email protected]