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Awash in Savings...Today's dishwashers & washing machines are working hard to save both water & energy....

Awash in Savings...Today's dishwashers & washing machines are working hard to save both water & energy....

For the last decade, the efficiency story for appliances has been all about energy. But in recent years, the industry has realized that water savings is just as important to sustainability efforts, not to mention the overall efficiency of water-using appliances. In fact, the two go hand in hand: The less water an appliance uses, the less there is to heat, and, therefore, the less overall energy used. The government has caught on, too, adding water standards to its dishwasher requirements in 2010 and to clothes washer requirements in January. Energy Star has included water consumption as part of its efficiency equation for the last two years. The efforts are paying off, as today’s dishwashers and washing machines use 60% less water than they did 10 to 15 years ago. In fact, if a homeowner replaced an eight-year-old clothes washer with a new Energy Star model, he or she woul...

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