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Laundry Made Better with ENERGY STAR® Appliances

by Bill Sweeney

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Again

Best Buy is committed to positively impacting the environment and its communities. Best Buy provides their customers with a wide assortment of sustainable products. This includes offering a large selection of energy-efficient products, including ENERGY STAR® certified electronics and appliances. Best Buy is proud to be a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year — our fourth consecutive year winning this award, for which we’ve also received a special distinction for Sustained Excellence.

Doing your laundry with ENERGY STAR® appliances really make a huge difference. Let us count the ways…

Better For You

For example, certified clothes washers and dryers save energy, which means that you will save on energy bills. Over the lifetime of the product, an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer saves 1,100 kWh and more than 2.5 million BTUs of natural gas, and 33,000 gallons of water.

This means that you can save $490 over the lifetime of an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer and even more with an ENERGY STAR washer/dryer pair.Many are also equipped with advanced features that make cleaning and drying easier and more effective. That’s a huge difference, right?

Better For The World

ENERGY STAR® certified clothes washers and dryers are 25% and 20% more efficient, respectively, than standard models. Saving energy means that ENERGY STAR certified washers and dryers help protect the climate, which means that your kids and the planet will benefit for years to come.

If all clothes washers sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR certified, we would save more than $4 billion each year and prevent more than 19 billion pounds of carbon pollution annually. This is equal to the emissions from 1.7 million vehicles.

If all clothes dryers sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $1.5 billion each year and 22 billion pounds of annual carbon pollution would be prevented.  This is equal to the emissions from 2 million vehicles.

Why not help out the environment, too, while you’re helping yourself!

Better For Your Clothes

ENERGY STAR® clothes washers are even better for your clothes since they use a variety of sophisticated cleaning methods that are gentler on your clothes, while ENERGY STAR clothes dryers use less heat and sensor drying which reduces wear and tear on clothes from over drying.

Advanced Features

ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers incorporate the following advanced features:


o   Multiple configurations– ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers are available in either front-load or redesigned top-load configurations which include technology innovations that help save energy and water.

o   Sophisticated wash systems– ENERGY STAR certified top-load machines clean your clothing just like standard models without wasting water to fill up the tub. Instead, these machines use sophisticated wash systems to cycle clothes through a mixture of water and detergent, allowing the clothes to be cleaned without using excess water or detergent.

o   No central agitator– Front-load machines tumble clothes through a small amount of water instead of rubbing clothes against an agitator, while advanced top-load machines lift and tumble clothes through a reduced stream of water. Both designs dramatically reduce the amount of hot water and energy used in the wash cycle.

o   High spin speeds– Efficient motors spin clothes two to three times faster to extract more water. Less moisture in the clothes means less time in the dryer and less energy spent drying clothes.

o   Long live your clothes– Front-load and advanced top-load clothes washers’ sophisticated wash systems use a variety of methods to lift and tumble your laundry, lengthening the life of often-washed items. Additionally, because they are so gentle, many models can safely clean silk, wool and other hand-washables.


ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryers incorporate the following advanced features:

o   Low Heat Setting– Longer drying cycles on a low heat setting use less energy. When you purchase an ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryer, look for the cycle that uses the least amount of energy, sometimes known as the “energy-saving” selection.

o   Steam Cycles– Many ENERGY STAR dryers also include convenient features, such as a steam cycle that can help save time on ironing clothes by preventing wrinkles.

All of this all is better for your clothes, better for you and your family, and better for the environment. What more could you ask for?? Remember, You’re A Laundry Star When You Buy ENERGY STAR®!!! Check out this video if you don’t believe me! Click here to learn more on the Best Buy blog!!!

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Laundry Made Better with ENERGY STAR® Appliances was last modified: January 26th, 2018 by Bill Sweeney

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle January 29, 2018 - 7:04 AM

I love these. We never buy any appliance – large or small – until we check their Energy Star rating. It’s better for our wallet and the environment. Everyone wins!

Jenn @ EngineerMommy January 29, 2018 - 6:44 PM

ENERGY STAR appliances are the best. We always try to get ones that are rated energy efficient. We actually need a new stove.

Joely Smith January 29, 2018 - 6:49 PM

Thank you for all the helpful info! My dryer is not heating as it should and my washer is a million years old. I need a new set!

Victoria Heckstall January 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

This sounds really great. It will really help us to save energy using appliances.

Melissa Dixon January 30, 2018 - 10:06 AM

I love the looks of these appliances. I am always on the lookout for things to up my homemaker status!

Cyn Gagen January 30, 2018 - 10:19 PM

I just bought a new Energy Star dryer and it makes such a difference. Next up will be getting the washer to go with it.

Lynndee January 31, 2018 - 8:27 AM

We definitely need a new washer and dryer, and we’re planning to get both of them soon. Thank you for sharing all these facts. We’ll take a look into it.


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