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Clothes Washers

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Clothes Washers

A consumer product designed to clean clothes, utilizing a water solution of soap and/or detergent and mechanical agitation or other movement.

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Life Cycle Cost Savings

Life Cycle Costing (LCC) aims to quantify the financial impact of a product over its entire life cycle to assist consumers in making decisions that will save them money over the long term.

For most applications, energy-efficient clothes washers have the lowest life-cycle cost. For example, EPA has estimated that an Energy Star-qualified washer can save a typical user $535 in energy costs over the life of the unit, while avoiding 437 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year. EPA further estimates that clothes washers meeting the version 8 standard will use, on average, approximately 28% less energy and 33% less water than required by minimum efficiency standards effective in 2018.

An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Energy Star considers both upfront costs and lifetime energy cost savings when setting required efficiency levels. Federal purchasers can assume that Energy Star-qualified products are life-cycle cost effective.

To calculate life cycle cost savings, explore these tools:

  • On its Purchasing & Procurement page, Energy Star offers MS-Excel-based calculators to estimate how much money and energy you can save purchasing ENERGY STAR clothes washers.
  • For life cycling costing on specific brand-name products, visit SFTool Product Search by clicking the green box at the top of this page. Once you have created an account, add a product to a project and open the project. The tool displays both energy and water cost savings, adjusting for local utility rates, operating conditions, and the purchase price.
  • NREL’s Levelized Cost of Energy Calculator can help estimate the cost of electricity as an input for your lifecycle cost calculations, accounting for both cost escalation and discount rates.
Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings
Additional Guidance

The effective date for the Version 8.0 ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer Specification is February 5, 2018. The specification includes Residential Clothes Washer and Commercial Clothes Washer as specified within the ENERGY STAR certification.

Excluded Products: The following products are not eligible for ENERGY STAR certification:

  • Products with a primary clothes washer drum volume of less than 1.6 cubic feet
  • Products configured in any way other than a front- or top-loading design
  • Combination All-in-One Washer-Dryers
  • Residential Clothes Washers with Heated Drying Functionality
  • Commercial Clothes Washers with a clothes container volume larger than 8.0 cubic feet
  • Commercial Clothes Washer with top-loading design
Potential LEED Contributions

This product may contribute* toward points in multiple LEED v4 rating systems, including areas required for LEED v4 building certification. Primarily, the credits will apply in the Building Design and Construction (BD+C) and Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) categories. This includes the specialty areas of: New Construction and Major Renovation, Existing Buildings, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Data Centers, Warehouse and Distribution Centers, Hospitality, and Healthcare. Specific credits are:

  • Energy & Atmosphere - Optimize Energy Performance
  • Water Efficiency - Indoor Water Use Reduction

* It is important to note that no products, individually or collectively, can guarantee a specific number of points for LEED Category credit. Each credit will need to be matched to the product by a certified professional.