New Washer / Dryer Selection Dilemma
Seeking advice on energy (& water) efficiency related to selection of a new washer & dryer.
Is it important to ensure the new model is Energy Star rated?
Is it important to ensure the new model is HE (High Efficiency) which I understand is related to reduced water use? Are all impeller (non-Agitator) top load models HE or are some impeller models non-HE? There are impeller models advertised as HE, but not identified as such on the mfg own website, so this is confusing.
Is it important for the new model to be both HE and Energy Star rated?
I’m looking at top load models, since all front loaders I’m familiar with require the door to remain open between uses. Keeping the washer door open also requires keeping the laundry closet bifold doors, which are directly in front of the w/d, open, and that notion won’t pass out of committee. There is no requirement for other specific features or options.
Within the top load options, those that are both Energy Star rated AND purport to be HE seem to have about a $400 premium. HE only (not energy star) models are priced comparably to regular models.
– My house does about 3 loads of laudry/week
– Electricity rates in my area are on the low side ($0.10-12/kwh)
– Water rates in my area are on the high side
I’m leaning toward HE non-energy star, but could be convinced otherwise.
Is it important to ensure the new model is Energy Star rated? (I’m surprised by how many are not)
Lots of articles on here about Heat Pump dryers but stock is low, and the premium is about $1k. The opportunity to seal the dryer vent is compelling, but I’m not sure I would ever recover the cost premium and think this money is better spent on pending solar PV and/or associated battery (next year). There is no requirement for other specific dryer features. Suggestions to forgo the dryer and line dry will also not pass out of committee.
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