BISMARCK, N.D. - If you just bought a new washing machine you may have noticed it's taking a while to clean your clothes.
It's because of new federal government regulations on water and energy usage in those machines.
It doesn't matter if it's a front load or a top load washer; all these machines are under the new regulations.
Energy efficient washers like these use half the amount of water to clean a load of laundry.
"Obviously there's a finite amount of water that's on the planet today, so we want to conserve enough water as we possibly can," said Mark Braun, Advantage Appliance.
Using less water results longer in longer laundry times, but the owner of Interstate Laundry and Carwash hasn't noticed a difference.
"Our old top load machines that we had in here 10 to 15 years ago, they would run 30 to 35 minutes for a cycle and these are pretty much the same," said Josh Zenker, Interstate Laundry and Carwash.
Sometimes people need a larger amount of water to do their laundry and most of these washing machines offer a cycle to do so.