Staber Washer: Highly Efficient

by Justin Thomas •

The Staber Washer is good washer if you are interested in saving electricity, water and detergent. It is the only top loading, horizontal-axis clothes washer made in the U.S. It operates in a similar way to an efficient front load washer, but you get top loading convenience. Compared to conventional vertical-axis agitator washers, the Staber uses 66% less water, 50% …


Energy Star Washer: Ecosmart GWL11 by Fisher & Paykel

by Justin Thomas •

This washer is no longer recommended, due to the lack of service and support. This washer from Fisher and Paykel is very efficient in terms of water use and electricity consumed, costing only about $21 annually in power, and using only 26 gallons per laundry load. The CEE (Consortium ForEnergy Efficiency) rates this washer as the most efficient of its …

Contender for Most Efficient: Nexxt Washers by Bosch

by Justin Thomas •

If the published specifications for this Nexxt washer are correct, it is a contender for the most efficient AC powered washer available. Bosch also claims it is the quietest on the market, running at 60 decibels. This would allow you to install it near your bedroom, due to the low noise it generates. Power Consumption: 186kWh/year Average Water Consumption: 13.2 …


Producing Drinking Water from Rain Water

by Justin Thomas •


It is possible to produce pure drinking water from rain water using a combination of devices costing around $300 total. Here’s how to do it: Install a roof washer and a rain barrel ($200). A roof washes diverts the first ten gallons or so of rain water away from your barrel — it contains such things as dust and bird …