The Euro-style front loading washing machines use less water and electricity that top loading washing machines. They are gentler on clothes. On the downside is their wash cycle is usually longer and you cannot put clothes in half way through a wash. They also require a low-sudsing detergent. Having said that they are a frugal and enviromentally friendly choice.
An electric clothes dryer will use up a lot of electricity. Dry them on the clothes line instead. Although I know that this may not be possible if you live in an apartment.