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.

Step 1: Consider the features you need; Step 2: Compare the energy efficient models

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.

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The DCSEU offers a standard $75 and a premium $100 rebate on qualifying clothes washers and a standard $75 and a premium $200 rebate on qualifying clothes dryers.  Washer and dyer combination units can qualify for a single rebate of up to $300. The select appliances eligible for this rebate help you save more energy and money, while helping to protect the environment.

Qualifying Product

Qualified Source

Qualifying Efficiency Level

Current Rebate

(Rebate subject to change*)

Clothes Dryer


ENERGY STAR Certified Electric



ENERGY STAR Efficient w/Heat Pump Tech


Clothes Washer



Washer Volume > 2.5 cubic feet



ENERGY STAR Most Efficient

Washer/Dryer Combination Unit ENERGY STAR

Washer - ENERGY STAR Certified

Dryer - ENERGY STAR Certified Electric


Washer - ENERGY STAR Most Efficient

Dryer - ENERGY STAR Most Efficient w/Heat Pump Tech 


*Rebates for the select equipment above are subject to change based on potential future programmatic changes pending the District of Columbia Public Service Commission's regulatory proceedings.

Disclaimer: The DCSEU website has the most up-to-date rebate information. Please refer back to this table or DCSEU rebate applications for accurate rebate amounts.


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For more information, contact us at 202-479-2222 or [email protected].

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