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New Washing Machine Uses Plastic Chips Instead of Water

by Justin Thomas •

A washing machine that cleans clothes by pounding them with plastic chips could save billions of gallons of water a year, its inventors claim. The Xeros uses less than 2 per cent of the water – and energy – of a conventional model and leaves clothes almost dry, doing away with the need for a dryer. The machine uses thousands …

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The Most Efficient Washing Machines Of 2010

by Justin Thomas •

At MetaEfficient, I evaluate appliances based on a number of factors, namely: energy efficiency, effectiveness, reliability, and price. This holds true for washing machines, because all of these factors need to be considered and weighed against each other (I’d also like to include lifecycle analysis, but  there’s no information available for washers). For raw efficiency data, one can turn to …

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Steam Cleaning Washer For the Home

by Justin Thomas •

This washer from LG Electronics uses steam to clean your clothes. Steam washers are common in the industrial world, but this is the first one available for the home. LG says the washer “remove creases from your garments, eliminating the need for ironing” and steam-cleaning “reduces shrinkage and extends the life of your threads”. They also claim it uses 35% …

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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% …

Waterless Washing Machine

by Justin Thomas •

A waterless washing machine that removes stains from garments in a few minutes has been developed at the National University of Singapore, the facility said on Wednesday. The appliance uses negative ions, compressed air and deodorants to clean clothes. Industrial design students Wendy Chua, 21, and Gabriel Tan, 23, said they were inspired by the technology in air purifiers, which …

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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 …

Efficient Prototype: Washman Washer and Dryer

by Justin Thomas •

This washer, created by Jan Čapek and Kryštof Nosál, was designed to look attractive anywhere in your home. It’s called the Washman, and it finished second in the Elektrolux Designer Competition. The washer is targeted at younger users who don’t have space, or only need to do small loads of laundry. It features low water usage, and a high speed …

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 …