ENERGY STAR-labeled washing machines use less water and electricity than conventional equipment without sacrificing performance. Because less water is used, about half as much detergent is required. (ENERGY STAR does not label dryers at this time.)
One of the newest developments involves adding an ozone system to your laundry. The ozone gas is injected directly into the wash wheel where it dissolves in cold water, which opens up fibers and releases stains. Opening the fibers makes linens easier to dry and results in a decrease in drying time.
On average, ENERGY STAR-labeled washers reduce energy and water bills by using 50 percent less water and electricity. These savings translate into a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the energy strain that would’ve been put on the grid. Some ENERGY STAR washers also perform better than standard washers and are gentler on clothing.
Read more about the benefits of ENERGY STAR rated laundry equipment.
Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- Sheraton Hotel
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
Examples of Boston Area Businesses with ENERGY STAR Labeled Washers:
Sample of Boston Area ENERGY STAR Laundry Machine Suppliers:
- ENERGY STAR: Commercial Laundry Distributor List
- Green Hotel Association: Approved Vendors
- Home Depot
- Best Buy
- PGE Hospitality Fact Sheet: Energy Solutions for Ozonated Laundry Systems
- ENERGY STAR: Commercial Clothes Washers
- Clean & Green Vision
- 2013 Emerging Technology Award: Advance Clothes Dryer
In The News
- “Time to Say Bye to Washers of Old?” Washington Post, December 2010
- “Broadway ‘Goes Green’ With Energy-Efficient Washers and Dryers From LG Electronics” PR Newswire, June 2010
- “Energy Costs Generating Light-Bulb Solutions” Washington Post, January 2009