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Clothes Washer

Don't stop at just choosing an energy-efficient washer; use cold water settings and save even more.

Clothes washers and dryers are the two highest energy-using appliances in the average home. Buying a new ENERGY STAR® clothes washer can reduce your energy and water use by 30%.

Energy Information

Yearly Cost Savings:

50% vs. standard non-ENERGY STAR Models



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How to shop for an Energy-Efficient Clothes Washer

If you’re in the market for a new clothes washer, there are many models available in many sizes, and with a wide range of features. With so many choices, picking the best clothes washer for your needs can be daunting. Here is a quick guide to help you purchase the right clothes washer for your home.

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Laundry tips to save more energy

  • Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenever possible.
  • Air-dry clothes on clothes lines or drying racks when possible.
  • Wash and dry full loads. If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water-level setting.
  • Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
  • Don't over-dry your clothes.
  • Clean the lint screen in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation and prevent fire hazards.
  • Remove the lint that collects in the lint screen slot of your clothes dryer using the long nozzle tip on your vacuum cleaner.
  • Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the heat remaining in the dryer.
  • Inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire.
  • Follow manufacturers’ recommendations for using rigid venting material—not plastic vents that may collapse and cause blockages.


The DCSEU offers a standard $50 and a premium $75 rebate on qualifying clothes washers. The select appliances eligible for this rebate help you save more energy and money, while helping to protect the environment.

Qualifying Products

View the list of qualifying clothes washers.

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The select ENERGY STAR clothes washers eligible for a $50 rebate meet the Consortium for Energy Efficiency’s (CEE) Tier 1 specifications.

The clothes washers eligible for a $75 rebate meet CEE Tier 2 or 3 specifications, as well as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2015 specifications.

Find a Store

M&M Appliance Sales and Service, Inc.
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6201 Blair Road NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 882-7100

Lowes - Washington, DC
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2438 Market St NE
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 378-2500

Home Depot - Washington DC
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901 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 526-8760

Best Buy - Columbia Heights
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3100 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 387-6150

Best Buy - Tenleytown
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4500 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 895-1580

Best Buy - Tysons Corner
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8449 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 748-9814

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