A typical household of four does about 400 loads of laundry each year. Older conventional clothes washers use 40 to 50 gallons for each full load. That adds up to 16,000 gallon of water a year, or more, just for clothes washing!
The City of Santa Cruz offers a $100 rebate when you purchase an Energy Star ® labeled clothes washer. Energy Star washers use only around 15 gallons per load and about half the total gas and electric energy compared to a standard clothes washer. By choosing an Energy Star clothes washer, you will be saving thousands of gallons of water every year and benefit by lower energy and water bills.
For more information about additional rebates that may be available, visit the PG&E website.
Visit the Energy Star website for more information on energy efficient appliances.
What’s the Water Factor?
The water factor is a number that represents the gallons of water used per load per cubic foot of capacity. For example, a washer with a 3.0 cubic foot capacity using 24 gallons per load would have a water factor of 8.0. The lower the water factor rating, the more efficient the machine. The most efficient machines have a water factor of 4.0 or less.