Appliances aren’t cheap. And Energy Star appliances cost even more than standard, new appliances.
But that’s just the sticker price. I’ve blogged before about how the long-term savings of Energy Star washers will not only end up costing less than regular washers in the end, they’ll pay for a dryer.
An Energy Star washer costs an average of $258 more at purchase time, but saves about $481 in energy and water costs over its lifetime.
Now, unless you get it at heavy discount or as part of a government stimulus/utility rebate program, $481 won’t pay for an Energy Star washer. But it comes close.
Here’s a roundup of the least-expensive Energy Star washing machines to prove that energy efficient appliances can be accessible to all.