There's been a massive revolution in washing machine design in the last few years to make them more energy efficient. Take our quiz to find out what these changes are and how much energy they really do save. Be prepared, you may find yourself trading in your old washing machine for a new one!
How much less energy do Energy Star-labeled products use?
How many tubs is a traditional washing machine made out of?
How much laundry does a standard top loader hold?
12 to 16 pounds (5.44 to 7.25 kilograms)
20 to 22 pounds (9 to 10 kilograms)
24 to 28 pounds (11 to 13 kilograms)
How does a front loader move clothing around?
It beats them back and forth via an agitator.
It rotates them up out of the water.
It spins them around and around.
What is an extra bonus of a new generation front loader?
It takes up less space
It costs less to purchase.
It cleans the clothes better.
What are front loaders more efficient at doing?
Agitating the clothes.
Removing water from the clothes.
With Modified Energy Factor Ratings (MEF), how does the ranking system work?
The higher the number, the more efficient the machine.
The lower the number, the more efficient the machine.
Any number above 8 indicates an efficient machine.
How do new generation top loaders wet the clothes?
They use steam.
They submerge the clothes in water.
They use a high pressure spray.
How much money did the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act set aside for the Energy Star program?
How much money would a new generation washer save you?