Washing machines and dryers

Buying new laundry appliances is a good opportunity to save electricity and water, but with so many options it can be confusing to know which one to buy.

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Compare energy star ratings

To save money on bills, look out for the Energy Rating and Water Rating labels on the appliances. These labels provide information on how much energy and water the washing machine or dryer will use.

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Check the number of stars on the label. The more stars, the more efficient.  

Every extra star can save you hundreds of dollars over the life of your washing machine and dryer.

Second, check the number in the red box. It shows how many kWh of electricity it will use in one year. The lower the number, the cheaper it will be to run.

Washing machines also have a Water Rating label – again, the more stars, the more efficient.

The blue water consumption box tells you how many litres of water the washing machine uses each load and the capacity of the machine.

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Use the Energy Rating Calculator  

The Energy Rating Calculator is a tool that helps you calculate running costs. Compare the energy use and likely whole of life costs of different machine models.

Buying an energy efficient washing machine or dryer

Go for a washing machine with at least a 3.5-star energy rating and 4-star water rating.

Front-loader machines generally use less water and less energy than a top-loader.

Washing machine and dryer energy hints

Cold water is gentler on clothes and saves electricity.

Some washing machines have shorter or eco cycles which can use less energy.

Use the sun to dry your clothes.

Clean the dryer’s lint screen.

Dry similar items together.

Recycling  

When replacing your washing machine or dryer, consider recycling the old one. Search Recycling near you to find your closest recycling point.