It’s Earth Day! ClearlyEnergy Suggests Saving 60 Billion Gallons of Water with a Cash for Water Guzzlers Program

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Purchasing energy efficient washers is both environmentally and cost effective, yet incentives to accelerate the replacement of old washers are almost non-existent in drought-stricken States.



Drought stricken States should introduce Cash for Water Guzzlers programs to take old washers out of service.

On Earth Day, many people wake up wanting to do something to help the environment. For anyone in the market for a new washing machine, or even if just wondering what the water-guzzling monster in the basement costs, read on.

According to research by ClearlyEnergy, the leading provider of energy savvy search for appliances and electric choice, replacing a decade-old washer with a new Energy Star-rated one saves at least 20 gallons of water per load, or over 6000 gallons per household per year. Replace a hundred old washers and the US saves an Olympic size swimming pool worth of water each year. Add to water savings the electricity savings of a new washer and a household is looking at $150 - $250 per year saved depending on their local water and electric costs.

“A large portion of the country is entering its second or third year of drought, and the simple decision to buy an efficient washer is one of the most cost and environmentally effective ways to help”, says Véronique Bugnion, co-founder of ClearlyEnergy

In the United States, over 8 million washers are purchased each year. The difference between buying a standard washer meeting the minimum federal efficiency guidelines and an Energy Star Most Efficient washer is 60 billion gallons of water that never needs to be used. “Add together water savings, electricity savings and incentives available for buying highly efficient washers available in some areas, and the investment pays for itself in a few years”, continues Bugnion. However, the incentive programs to purchase efficient washers are almost non-existent in the drought stricken West and Texas, and no incentive programs exist to accelerate the replacement of old washers by turning them in. “In Los Angeles you can get $300 cash back for buying an efficient washer; in Colorado, it’s typically no more than $50 and in Kansas, Nebraska or Texas it’s nothing” comments Norma Autry, co-founder of ClearlyEnergy, “Maybe drought stricken States should introduce Cash for Water Guzzlers programs to take old washers out of service?" she questions, noting that such programs have been successfully used to recycle power hungry old refrigerators, freezers and gas guzzling vehicles.

On this Earth Day, ask yourself, is that water-guzzling monster in the basement really worth keeping around?

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