Manufacturers are actively researching new clothes washer designs, products, and technologies. The past five years have seen a substantial number of new products and innovative designs offered to the public.
Currently there are several research projects that are evaluating the effectiveness of high efficiency clothes washers as well as customer satisfaction with these products. Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and two water providers (East Bay Municipal Water Utility District and City of Tampa Water Department), these studies measure water use in single family homes before and after the installation of high efficiency fixtures including clothes washers, faucet aerators, showerheads, and toilets. View EBMUD's report below. Results from the other studies should be available in 2004.
East Bay Municipal Water Utility's Residential Indoor Water Conservation Study
For more information on clothes washer research you can visit the following web sites:
WaterWiser – the water efficiency clearing house
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
National Association of Home Builders
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)