Residential Clothes Washers
Washing laundry is a large water user in the average home; accounting for 16% of the overall water consumption inside single family homes in North America according to the 2016 Residential End Uses of Water Study. Before new standards were adopted in 2010, traditional clothes washers used approximately 30 to 45 gallons (113.6 L to 170.3 L) of water per load. A typical family of four using a standard sized clothes washer will generate more than 300 loads per year. This equates to a regular washer consuming approximately 12,000 gallons (45.4 m3) of water annually. High-Efficiency Washers (HEW) significantly reduce this water use by more than 6,000 gallons per year (22.7 m3), save energy, clean the clothes better, use less detergent, and reduce fabric wear.