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Clothes Washer Rebate

Get a $50 or $100 rebate from Seattle City Light when you buy a new high-efficiency clothes washer.

  • Get a $100 rebate for a high-efficiency clothes washer found on our
    qualified product list with a Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Tier 2 or 3 rating.
  • Get a $50 rebate for an Energy Star clothes washer with an Integrated Modified Energy Factor (IMEF) of 2.38 or above.
  • Residential customers only and one rebate per household.
  • Clothes washer must be used in correlation with an electric dryer or electric water heater. Households with both non-electric dryers and water heaters are not eligible.
  • If you are unsure of your eligibility contact an Energy Advisor at (206) 684-3800 or

Why select a high-efficiency clothes washer over a standard washer:
  • Use at least 25% less energy, 40% less water & 60% less detergent.
  • Save $40 or more per year in electricity and water costs - that's $500 over the life of the washer.
  • Do fewer loads - without a bulky agitator these models have more usable space for clothes. More capacity means fewer loads of laundry per week - and more time for you.
  • Reduce dryer time - by using the washer spin cycle to dry clothes.
  • Clothes washers built before 2003 are far less efficient than newer models, thus savings expectations may be greater.

How to select an efficient clothes washer:
  • Select a model with a high CEE Tier - CEE rates models based on energy and water consumption. CEE Tiers 2 & 3 exceed Energy Star's efficiency requirements for new washers.
  • Select a model with a high IMEF and low IWF.
    • Integrated Modified Energy Factor (IMEF) is a measure of energy efficiency that considers the energy used by the washer, water heater, and dryer to run a load of laundry as well as the energy used while in standby or off modes.
    • Integrated Water Factor (IWF) measures water efficiency in gallons of water consumed per cubic foot of capacity in all wash cycles.
    • Testing standards for washers were revised in 2015 replacing MEF and WF with IMEF and IWF. For rebate eligibility, clothes washers rated without integrated factors (MEF and EF) must be found on our current
      qualified products list.
  • Select a model that is paired with an Energy Star dryer, which use at least 20% less than a standard dryer by using sensors that end the cycle when fully dry.

How to Apply:
  1. Purchase and install a qualified model between October 1, 2015 and May
    31, 2016*.
  2. Complete and sign the Clothes Washer Rebate Form.
  3. Submit forms along with required documentation (as listed on the Clothes Washer Rebate Form), postmarked within 90 days of purchase.
  4. Allow 6-8 weeks to receive your rebate check.

*Purchases made before October 1, 2015 must use the old rebate form and meet the requirements on the form.

There are some ENERGY STAR models that do not meet Seattle City Light's high-efficiency requirement for models to have an IMEF of 2.38. Washers rated by CEE before 2015 may not be eligible. Please confirm model is on qualified list.

If your water heater AND your dryer are fueled by natural gas or propane, you are not eligible for the Seattle City Light rebate. Clothes Washers save electricity by reducing dryer time and hot water consumption, thus Seattle City Light's electricity conservation rebates cannot be applied.

Please contact an Energy Advisor at (206) 684-3800 or if you are unsure of your eligibility.

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