Talk with your landlord about replacing an old clothes washer

Why? Washing your clothes uses a significant amount of energy—especially if you use warm or hot water. An ENERGY STAR® certified clothes washer uses 25% less energy and 45% less water than a conventional model. Efficient washers also extract more water from clothes, so they dry faster and are gentler on your clothes, helping them last longer.
Benefits to your landlord:

Upgrading to an energy efficient clothes washer has a variety of benefits for your landlord:

  • Make the rental a more efficient and cost-effective place to live for current and future tenants.

  • Provide greater reliability and lower maintenance costs.

  • A modernized clothes washer can serve as an attractive selling point.

Step by step:

  1. Ask your landlord about the age of the clothes washer in your home and whether it is energy efficient.

  2. Encourage your landlord to replace clothes washers that are 10 years old or older with an ENERGY STAR certified one.

  3. Share the listing of energy efficient models with your landlord. When visiting a store, you can find the ENERGY STAR logo on the product package, sales tag or the item itself.

  4. Encourage your landlord to look for the following specifications when comparing new models:

    • A high Integrated Modified Energy Factor (IMEF). The IMEF considers the energy used by the washer, the energy used to heat the water, and the energy used by the dryer. The higher the IMEF, the more energy efficient the clothes washer.

    • A low Integrated Water Factor (IWF). IWF measures the amount of water the washer uses. The lower the IWF, the more water efficient the clothes washer.

Actions you can take now:

Landlord not ready for a clothes washer upgrade? Try these quick actions to save money and use less energy:

  • Run full loads whenever possible. Most load sizes use about the same amount of energy, so running fewer, larger loads helps avoid waste.

  • Use the coolest water possible. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut energy use in half for washing one load.

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