Older top loading washing machines can use between 150 to 250 litres of water per load. Wash your clothes in cold water when possible. This will lower the amount of energy used to heat your water.
New machines remove more water and cut down on drying time. This lowers your energy use. If you are going to buy an Energy Star clothes washer, look for a low Water Factor (WF). Water Factor measures water efficiency. The lower the number, the more efficient the appliance. The most common water-efficient clothes washer is the ENERGY STAR® qualified front-loading model.
Always run full loads and adjust the water level for load size. Many liquid laundry soaps are formulated for cold water cycles. They work just as well with cold water and save you money.