One of the cooler things about moving into a house is shopping for a new washer and dryer. We went to Sears the week we moved in and were blown away (overwhelmed, frankly) by the variety of washers and dryers out there. Not your parents' machines, that's for sure. The most energy efficient washers these days are the front loading type, which was my first pick. They reminded me of the days when I would lug my clothes in a mesh bag, hike to the not-so-near laundromat and stare hypnotically at my clothes swirl around and around. The front loaders, however, were too big for our laundry room, so we ended up with an energy efficient top loader (below). The doors are transparent (but tinted) so I can still watch the clothes wash. Since laundry is possibly my favorite chore, these machines are a real treat.