ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES

Installing energy efficient appliances is a simple way to decrease your home's environmental impact. Learn about how they help make your home more green with these articles.
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How does design affect a dryer's energy efficiency?

It's hard not to love the warm feeling of soft, puffy clothes straight from the dryer. But clothes dryers are energy hogs, and it takes a lot of heat to get your shirts that way. Does the type of machine you use make a difference?

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  • 10 Appliances for Tight and Tricky Spaces

    10 Appliances for Tight and Tricky Spaces

    Does your washer-dryer combo dominate the laundry room? Is the kitchen cluttered with giant machinery? Is your dishwasher cramping your style -- and your space? Things don't have to be so cluttered, and there are gadgets out there you don't have to force into your home. See more »

  • Are high-efficiency (HE) detergents safe for baby clothing?

    Are high-efficiency (HE) detergents safe for baby clothing?

    High-efficiency washing machines have become very popular recently. And they use their own special detergents. You may have wondered if they're safe for baby's clothes. Keep reading to find out what to look for and how to make your own detergent. See more »

  • Are high-efficiency washers worth the expense?

    Are high-efficiency washers worth the expense?

    The price tags on some of the newer high-efficiency washing machines might cause you to hesitate. But if you look at the costs of running a washer over the long haul, something that uses less energy becomes a bit more appealing. See more »

  • Are washer/dryer combination machines energy efficient?

    Are washer/dryer combination machines energy efficient?

    Washer/dryer combinations are compact and convenient for small spaces, eliminating the need for two separate machines. But are they really as energy efficient as they seem? See more »

  • Can all washers use high-efficiency detergent?

    Can all washers use high-efficiency detergent?

    You may not be able to keep up with the Joneses who bought one of those newfangled, oh-so-green front- load washers, but you can still use high-efficiency detergent in your old washer, right? We examine the answer. See more »

  • Can the right appliance save me money?

    Can the right appliance save me money?

    You may think you're getting a deal by buying a cheap appliance. But what if it sucks you dry via your energy bills? We'll tell you how to make the right choice. See more »

  • Can top-load washers be energy efficient?

    Can top-load washers be energy efficient?

    Front-load washers and energy efficiency go together like soap and water, but can top-loaders save energy, too? We explore your options. See more »

  • Design Ideas: Laundry Rooms You Want to Be In

    Design Ideas: Laundry Rooms You Want to Be In

    The words "cool" and "laundry room" don't seem to go together. But if you can get past the deep-seated notion that a laundry room has to be a dungeon, you can, in fact, create a decidedly cool environment. Here are some ideas to start with. See more »

  • Do washers control allergens?

    Do washers control allergens?

    Dust mites like to feed on your dead skin cells, so it's likely your bed, sheets, comforters and pillows are full of the allergy-inducing critters. Can you wash them away, and is one washing machine as good as another? See more »

  • Dryer Vent Cleaning Tips

    Dryer Vent Cleaning Tips

    It heats up, has moving parts and literally does loads of work. So, how can you keep that dryer of yours working efficiently for years to come? Dryer vent cleaning is key. We'll show you how to do it right. See more »

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