This post is the latest in the series “How long do appliances last?” They’re written in a style I learned in journalism, called “By The Numbers,” which was often just another way to say “I need to take up space and do something visual.” Voila.
The number of years in an average washing machine’s life span, according to data published by Appliance Magazine in 2010. The life span reflects how long the first owner of a washer used it, which doesn’t necessarily mean that it broke down, but it still offers a fair estimate for today’s shoppers.
The number of loads washed annually by the average washer, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That’s about seven and a half loads per week.
Average price of an Energy Star washer, according to national retail data from 2009.
Average price of a standard washing maching in 2009.
Amount of years it takes for the lower operations costs of an Energy Star washer to make up, or “pay back,” for the initial sticker price difference.
Overall savings of an Energy Star washer over its expected lifetime.