Frequently Asked Question
Has their been any improvement in washing machines? Less
Energy? Less water?
A manufacturer in the mid west that has developed a radically
different washing machine. It is called the Staber System 2000 washer.
Their washing machine has a top-loading horizontal axis design
which means that you can load your clothes as you normally do from the
top, however it operates like the old fashion type. It uses less water
and therefore causes much less ware and tear on your clothes.
The substantially improved wash performance is due primarily
to the fact that it uses a hexagonal (six sided) shaped clothes basket
which is placed in an octagonal (eight sided) shaped water tub. This creates
a passive pump between the two containers which pulses the wash water through
the clothes load six times per revolution. Existing H-axis washers use a
round cylinder inside of a round cylinder orientation. Theirs does not have
an agitator to tear at the clothes, but rely only on the dropping of the clothes
to do the cleaning with a strong movement of water around the clothes within
In talking with the manufacturer he tells us that: "The Staber
System 2000 horizontal axis washer tumbles laundry on its side, using up
to 66% less water and 75% less detergent, when compared to current model
agitator washers. The top-loading, hexagonal tub design powers water through
the laundry for consistently cleaner clothes. The electronic drive creates
faster spin speeds to remove more water and allow the clothes to dry faster.
This washer is more expensive that current models. A typical
grid connected home could save over $250 a year on the cost of electricity,
hot water and detergent."
Actually for the "off the grid" user this is a very important
new product as all the current washers available take an enormous amount
of power and therefore the home owner needs a very large inverter just to
do their wash.