In June, we finally got a new washer/drier to replace our old, energy-inefficient one. We purchased a front-loading Whirlpool Duet Sport washer, which uses significantly less water and power. It's great.
It's Energy Star rated and uses 168 kWh/year, which is very much on the low side of the clothes washer range. It has a water-level sensor and uses less soap than a regular washer. It also spins our clothes quite dry, so the drier we got runs for WAY less time than our old drier did. I'd say it's about 30 mins compared to 60 mins. Of course, I still want to set up a clothesline in the back yard. That uses 0 energy, after all.
Plus, we applied for a rebate from the city of Los Angeles. Hopefully, any day now, we'll get a check from the Department of Water and Power for $250. LA has really great rebate programs, actually, although I guess I should wait to get my check before I say that. We should get a $50 rebate on the small window air conditioner we bought this summer as well. It has a pretty high EER (Energy Efficiency Rating) of 10.8. The most efficient window a/c until would have an EER of 12. Anything over 10 is considered good.
This new washer/drier purchase was phase 1 of the kitchen remodel, which we will hopefully begin in October. We've been sourcing materials and settling on the design, so we've done most of the prep work. Now we just have to find the money and the time. I'll be sure to take lots of pictures of the whole process, so look for posts on that this fall.