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. 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

Previous Rebate

Updated Rebate

(Available Until December 31, 2020)

Clothes Dryer


Energy Star Ceritfied Electric or Gas



Energy Star Certified w/Hear Pump Tech



Clothes Washer

CEE website and ENERGY STAR

CEE Tier 1 or ES certified

Front Loading: IMEF ≥ 2.76; IWF ≤ 3.2
Top Loading: IMEF ≥ 2.06; IWF ≤ 4.2
Volume > 2.5 cubic feet 

$50 $75

CEE Tier 2

Front Loading: IMEF ≥ 2.92; IWF ≤ 3.2
Volume > 2.5 cubic feet

$75 $100

CEE Advanced Tier or ES Most Effificient

Front Loading: IMEF ≥ 3.2; IWF ≤ 3.9
Volume > 2.5 cubic feet

$75 $100

*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.


  • The select ENERGY STAR clothes washers eligible must meet the Consortium for Energy Efficiency's (CEE) Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 specifications
  • The select ENERGY STAR clothes dryers eligible are ENERGY STAR certified electric or natural gas dryers and certified ENERGY STAR dryers with Heat Pump Technology.
  • Limit of one clothes washer rebate and one clothes dryer rebate per electric utility account per calendar year.
  • Offer is valid on technologies installed from 10/1/2020 - 9/30/2021. Rebates must be submitted or postmarked by 9/30/2021 in order to qualify.
  • DCSEU will continue rebate applications for measures installed in FY2020 until 10/31/2020

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