The Staber Washer is good washer if you are interested in saving electricity, water and detergent. It is the only top loading, horizontal-axis clothes washer made in the U.S. It operates in a similar way to an efficient front load washer, but you get top loading convenience. Compared to conventional vertical-axis agitator washers, the Staber uses 66% less water, 50% less electricity, and 75% less detergent. It uses only 12-16 gallons of water per load and 265 kWh of electrical power per year. See this comparison of electrical costs over 3 years.
This washer is best suited for solar power systems. It requires only 5-6 amps during washing, surges to 11 amps when motor starts. Can run on a 1500W inverter.
Here are some more specs:
Power Consumption: 110-150 Watts per load (265 kWh/year) 1.48 MEF
Water Consumption: 15 gallon per average load
Capacity: 2 cu. ft tub, 18 lb. load
Dimensions: 27″ W x 26″D x 42″ H
Warranty: 25 years on outer tub module, 5 years on bearings & suspension, 1 year on all else.
It costs about $1200.
Product Home Page: Staber.Com
Available from: Alternative Energy Store