Choosing efficient settings on your ENERGY STAR appliances can boost your savings

Your ENERGY STAR-qualified clothes washer or dishwasher is energy efficient. That’s why you bought it. But thanks to a choice of settings, you can reduce energy use even further. Here’s a tip that can help you save even more energy – and money – when you use your washing machine or dishwasher.

The average American family washes almost 400 loads of laundry every year. That’s a lot of laundry. An ENERGY STAR – qualified clothes washer uses one-third less electricity – and one-half less water – than a conventional washer. And an ENERGY STAR clothes washer offers a choice of efficient settings that will save you even more.

You can select a lower water temperature – a cold wash/cold rinse setting, for example – which reduces energy use. And you can choose a lower water level for smaller loads, cutting your water use. Some ENERGY STAR clothes washers also have energy-saving features such as pre-soak and “suds saver.”

Much of the energy used by your dishwasher – as much as 80 percent – is used to heat the water. An ENERGY STAR-qualified dishwasher with a booster heater will let you set the temperature on your home’s water heater at 120 degrees, saving energy.

Many ENERGY STAR dishwashers have efficient settings, such as “energy-saving” and “short-wash” cycles that will reduce both energy and water use. And most dishwashers have an air-drying option, which also will save on energy use.

For other tips on how to save energy – and money – visit or call the energy experts at Cass County Electric Cooperative at 701.356.4400. Find out how the little changes add up at

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One Response to Choosing efficient settings on your ENERGY STAR appliances can boost your savings

  1. rich says:

    well written. thanks for informative article.

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