Clothes washers are definitely a category of consumer product which suck lots of energy. Manufacturers in recent years have been striving to make these devices more energy efficient, especially as relates to getting a desired Energy Star rating from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is now out with its latest list of energy efficient washers, and a model from Electrolux looks to top it as the most energy efficient of its type at the moment.
The most current Energy Star clothes washers list, released on August 19, shows that the Electrolux EWFLS70 boasts a 161 percent energy efficiency enhancement over the minimum federal standards. This model, which prices for a pretty penny at around $1,800, is said by Electrolux to be part of a family of washers that currently have the largest capacity to wash the most clothes in one load, a 15-minute wash time and usage of 63 percent less water based on calculations from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star energy-savings calculator.
Curiously, the same list does actually show that two Whirlpool models actually have slightly better energy savings than the mentioned Electrolux model. Their ‘Active Dates” however, which are explained as being the date on which the product was qualified, are blank. A check of the Whirlpool website for clothes washers shows that neither model – the WFW97HEX (165 percent more efficient) or WFW95HEX (162 percent more efficient) – is in the current inventory listing, so perhaps they are not to market yet.
“As a proud Energy Star partner, Electrolux is committed to bringing consumers energy-efficient appliances with uncompromising design, functionality and quality,” said Kevin Scott, President of Electrolux Major Appliances, North America, in a statement. “With the Electrolux premium laundry collection, caring for clothes has never been faster, easier – or more efficient.”