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James City Service Authority

119 Tewning Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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P: 757-259-5416
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"Let's be Water Smart" is a public/private water management initiative of the James City Service Authority. The goal of Let's be Water Smart is to promote responsible water usage in James City County, Virginia. For more information or to become a Water Smart partner, contact JCSA at 119 Tewning Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23188-2639

 

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High-Efficiency Washing Machine Rebate FAQs

 

What is an Energy Star qualified high-efficiency washing machine?

With a toolbox of new technologies, new high-efficiency washing machines are saving energy, water, and more.

To have the Energy Star label, they are meeting the strict energy and water criteria set by the Energy Star program, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Specifically, they meet Modified Energy Factor and Water Factor criteria.

The Modified Energy Factor is the quotient of the cubic foot capacity of the clothes container divided by the total clothes washer energy consumption per cycle, with such energy consumption expressed as the sum of the machine electrical energy consumption, the hot water energy consumption, and the energy required for removal of the remaining moisture in the wash load. The units are cubic feet per kWh per cycle (ft3/kWh/cycle). The higher the value, the more efficient the clothes washer. Energy Star qualified washing machines must have a Modified Energy Factor of 1.72 or more, while the federally required Modified Energy Factor for all washing machines is 1.26.

The Water Factor allows the comparison of clothes washer water consumption independent of clothes washer capacity. The term is expressed as gallons per cycle per cubic feet. The Water Factor is the quotient of the total weighted per-cycle water consumption divided by the capacity of the clothes washer. The lower the value, the more efficient the clothes washer. The Water Factor has not been incorporated into the Federal standard but is included in the 2007 Energy Star criteria. Energy Star qualified washing machines must have a Water Factor of 8.0 or more, and there is no Federal water efficiency requirement for all washing machines.

Why Energy Star?

 

Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping America to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved enough energy in 2007 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars — all while saving $16 billion on their utility bills.

If looking for new household products, look for ones that have earned the Energy Star label. They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and US Department of Energy.

If looking for a new home, look for one that has earned the Energy Star label.

If looking to make larger improvements to your home, EPA offers tools and resources to help you plan and undertake projects to reduce your energy bills and improve home comfort.

What are some benefits of Energy Star high-efficiency washing machines?

 

Reducing Municipal Water Demand - Energy Star qualified washing machines save 7,700 to 9,400 gallons of water each year. Over the 11-year life of the washer, that’s enough water to fill up more than three backyard swimming pools or provide a lifetime of drinking water for six people. If just half of James City Service Authority’s water customers that own washing machines switched to high-efficiency models, we would save over 67 million gallons of water each year. Research data and manufacturer information show that a high-efficiency washing
machine will:

  • use 40% less water,
  • use half the energy,
  • use 30-75% less detergent,
  • reduce time in the dryer,
  • result in less shrinkage,
  • increase the life of your clothing.

Performance - According to the Consumer Reports February 2005 issue, water-efficient washers generally outperform traditional washing machines. Many employ multiple rinse cycles, so less residual detergent stays on your clothing.

Saving Space - Front-loaders can be smaller with the same capacity as larger traditional models, primarily because they lack a central agitator. Many of these front-loaders are space-saver models, with the option of stacking them with a compatible dryer.

Saving Energy - According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, front-loading washing machines can use half the energy of traditional models. High-efficient washing machines save energy mainly because they require less hot water, so less must be pumped into the water heater. These washing machines also have faster spin cycles than traditional models, extracting more water from clothes before they ever reach the dryer. The result is much less time running the dryer, which the U.S. Department of Energy reports is the second-biggest household energy hog in terms of energy use during operation.

Saving Water - High-efficiency washing machines use only 18 to 25 gallons of water per load, as opposed to the 40 gallons or more that a traditional model consumes. The average family can easily save more than 6,000 gallons of water a year, or 66,000 gallons over the eleven year lifespan of a typical washing machine.

Saving Your Clothes - Front-loading models may cause less wear and tear on your clothes since they are not pulled around an agitator. By washing your clothing more gently, a high-efficiency washing machine lengthens the life of often-washed items and reduces the amount of lint coming off in the dryer. Because they are so gentle, many models can safely clean silk, wool, and other hand-washables.

Convenience - With the loss of the central agitator in washing machine design, your new high-efficiency machine can accommodate larger loads and larger single items than would fit in a typical top-loader.

How do high-efficiency washing machines work?

 

Most water-efficient washing machines are front-loading, although there are a few redesigned top-loading models. These front-loading models are putting a new spin on laundry. They lack a central agitator and tumble clothes like a dryer. The cleaning occurs as clothes are tumbled through the pool of water at the bottom of the tub and then clothes are partially dried during a high-speed spin cycle, saving your water, energy, clothing, space, money, and environment. Read on to see how.

What are some things I’ll need to consider before replacing my washing machine with an Energy Star high-efficiency model?

 

Finding an Energy Star-Qualified High-Efficiency Washing Machine - JCSA does not rebate incorrectly-labeled appliances, so please bring a current list from the Energy Star clothes washers webpage to help you do your shopping. If you would like the list mailed to you, please contact JCSA at 757-253-6859 or bewatersmart@jamescitycountyva.gov.

Cost - Prices range from about $500 to $1,600 before rebate, several hundred dollars more than a traditional washing machine with comparable features, but a typical household will save on water and electricity bills and detergent costs. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that inefficient clothes washers can cost three times as much to operate than energy-efficient ones.

What to Do with Your Old Washing Machine - Several local charities accept operational used washing machines. Some provide free pick-up. Donation helps job training and self-sufficiency programs for people with disabilities and families in need. If your washing machine is broken, some appliance dealers and repair companies will still remove it for free, repair the item, and resell it.

Where can I buy an Energy Star high-efficiency washing machine?

 

Ferguson
6540 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
757-220-0200

Home Depot
6700 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
757-220-1800

Lowe’s Home Improvement
801 E Rochambeau Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23188
757-259-7999

Sam's Club
12407 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23602
757-875-0243

Sears
Newmarket Fair Mall, 100 Newmarket Fair Mall, Newport News, VA 23605
757-825-3100

The JCSA does not endorse specific brands, products, contractors, or companies. List does not denote preference. If you notice that our list is out of date, please email jcsa@jamescitycountyva.gov or call us at 757-259-5416. JCSA reserves the right to control web content.

What should I do with my old washing machine?

 

Donation - The following local charity accepts operational used washing machines.

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula ReStore accepts washing machines in working order, which are sold at its retail outlet and fund construction of Habitat houses within the community.

9614 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
757-246-4955, x201 for free pickup

The JCSA does not endorse specific brands, products, contractors, or companies. List does not denote preference. If you notice that our list is out of date, please email jcsa@jamescitycountyva.gov or call us at 757-259-5416. JCSA reserves the right to control web content.

Refurbishment for Resale - If your washing machine is broken, some appliance dealers and repair companies will still remove it for free, repair the item, and resell it. The following local business accepts broken washing machines:

Stretch A Buck accepts some broken washing machines for refurbishment. Please call to schedule drop-off.

221 E. Washington, Suffolk, VA 23434
757-739-5050

The JCSA does not endorse specific brands, products, contractors, or companies. List does not denote preference. If you notice that our list is out of date, please email jcsa@jamescitycountyva.gov or call us at 757-259-5416. JCSA reserves the right to control web content.

Disposal - If you are a James City County resident and your old washing machine is more than 60 percent metal, then it is eligible for free scrap metal recycling. James City County Solid Waste Management recycles scrap metal at the Convenience Centers at 1204 Jolly Pond Road and 185 Industrial Boulevard in the Hankins Industrial Park. If you are a resident and your washing machine is 60 percentmetal or less, then you can use bulk disposal. Bulk disposal is available at the Convenience Center at 1204 Jolly Pond Road or may be available for pickup. A coupon charge is required. See James City County Solid Waste and Recycling for details.

What else can I do to conserve municipal water?

In order to save additional water:

  • It’s best to wash only full loads, but if you must wash small loads, use the appropriate water level.
  • This will save both energy and water.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water with coldwater detergents unless you are treating oily stains.
  • Consider landscaping techniques from our Let’s Be Water Smart program including lawn care calendars, guides, suggested plants, and water-thrifty tips under “Resources."
  • If you plan to install a new toilet, make it a high-efficiency toilet! Look for the EPA’s new WaterSense label and visit their website when shopping for high-efficiency toilets, landscape irrigation services, irrigation control technologies, showerheads, and more!
  • Install a rain sensor for your home irrigation system if you do not have one. This is probably the easiest action you can take to save the most water. (Check our Rain Sensor Rebate to see if you are eligible.)
  • Check out our other rebates.
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