From energy and water use to noise, the official Government Buying Standards for washing machines provide comprehensive guidance on how to buy sustainably. For information on washer dryers, see the separate specification.
What does sustainability mean for washing machines?
It’s no surprise that washing machines can use a lot of energy and water. However, there is a huge variation in performance and efficiency between the best in the market and the worst, and the Government Buying Standards use existing labelling schemes to set out clear rules for procuring sustainably.
As well as washing and drying performance, the specifications for domestic-type washing machines take into account noise levels and overall energy and water consumption, i.e. the less water consumed the better.
For commercial/industrial-type wachine machines, the Water Technology List of the Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme contains suitable criteria.
All central government departments and their related organisations must ensure that they meet at least the mandatory Government Buying Standards when buying goods and services in the product groups covered on this site.
Note: In January 2012, this GBS will be reviewed, to more closely the match the new EU Energy labelling scheme, which was agreed in November 2010.
- See the Energy Saving Trust list of domestic washing machines that meet best practice specifications or view industrial or commercial washing machines that meet ECA criteria.
Page last modified: 21 April, 2011