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What makes a washing machine "high-efficiency"?

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A high-efficiency washer is a special type of washing machine that is usually more expensive than a standard washing machine, but uses less energy and water to wash clothes. It also heats water more efficiently and dries clothes more thoroughly through the spin cycle, reducing energy costs further.

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High-efficiency washing machines are usually specially labeled and can save the owner a significant amount of money over the life of the appliance. However, because high-efficiency washing machines use less water, they require a special type of laundry detergent that produces less suds than traditional detergent. Such products are clearly labeled with the "HE" symbol and not only help get clothes clean, but also rinse cleaner and leave less residue.

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