Time for a New Clothes Washer?

A new clothes washer can save a significant amount of both energy and water, so early replacement of an aging clothes washer can make sense.

There is a balance between the cost of a new machine and the savings available. Here’s the logic on an early replacement of your clothes washer: We’re assuming the current unit is a standard top loader. If you have a high efficiency top loader or a front loader, wait until you machine wears out before replacing – the energy savings are too small to justify early replacement.

Energy Savings. A new high-efficiency washer (top- or front-loader) will save energy. About one-third from washing machine use and two-thirds from reduced dryer time – the better the spin cycle, the less moisture the dryer has to deal with. At a typical 300 loads per year (just under 6 per week), that’s $50 per year.

Water Savings. Here’s where the big savings are, thanks to the reduced water use of new models. You’ll save $20 per year on average on water costs.

Cost of New Washing Machine. Get a high-efficiency top-loader or front-loader, about $950.

Rebates. Often your local water and/or energy utility will pay you $50 – $75 to buy a new washing machine. They want you to save!

Sale prices. During key sales periods, you can save another $75 – $100 through retailer discounts (Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Black Friday, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July).

Putting it all together:

$950 Purchase price

-$75 Retailer Discount

-$50 Rebate


$825 Net Washing Machine Cost

At a total energy and water savings of $70 per year ($50 + $20), the energy savings will pay for the cost of the washing machine in 11 years ($825/70). If you take care to buy a washing machine in the top CEE tier, the savings will cover the cost in only 3 – 4 years. See our shopping guide for details on the CEE tiers.


WattzOn Labs is always innovating ways to engage people to save water and energy. It showcases the WattzOn products under the WattzOn Labs private-label. We don’t market these products, but use this small-scale direct-to-consumer experience to constantly evolve and learn. Then we apply the findings to the rich, private-label products used by all our customers at WattzOn.