Ever wonder what
kind of clothes washers Porsche would make? If you take a look
at some of the ultra energy efficient models available, you
might think the brilliant engineering used on state of the art
washers is similar to the best automotive engineering.
Bray and Scarff
carries a brand from New Zealand called
Fisher & Paykel. Their
"ecosmart" line is very advanced. Their GWL11 claims to be the
most energy efficient top loading washer in America. It was
rated a "Best Buy" by Consumers Digest. It's rated to use
217 kWh per year. According to the EPA, some washers use as
much as 1298 kWh/year. It uses a 1000 rpm spin to save both
time and energy. It also has a 300 rpm spin for delicate
fabrics. It's available in both gas and electric models. About
efficient manufacturer is
Asko from Sweden. Their W6461 uses
only 133 kWh/year. It lets you select water temperatures from
85-205 degrees. It has an option of a quick wash cycle that
only takes 35 minutes. Ten other programs are available to
handle different cleaning needs. About $1,500 at Bray and
Sewing Machines & Vacuums Unlimited
in Rockville carries
from Germany. All Miele
clothes washers sold in North America are EPA ENERGY STAR
rated. The Miele W1113 uses only 113 kWh/year. Features
include a 24 delay start, 9 wash programs and self
diagnostics. It can be stacked with Miele dryers for tight
closets. About $1,650.
Best Buy carries Siemens,
a German company. Their WFXD5200UC uses only 186 kWh/year.
They claim that it is extra quiet (60 decibels). About $1,100.
appreciate great engineering, and want to do the best you can
for the environment, these new designs from some of the
smaller specialty companies are a great way to go.
July 2005, modified Oct. 2006