7.8101.4 Washing Machine

Water Heating
Water Use Reduction
Desired Outcome: 
Energy and environmental impact for washing clothes reduced
For supporting material, see Referenced Standards.

Unit and electrical receptacle will meet requirements of NFPA NFPA National Fire Protection Association, www.nfpa.org 70

Determine and ensure appropriate device and location


Minimum appliance efficiency will be ENERGY STAR® and WaterSense® or better

Washers within ENERGY STAR standards or CEE Tier 2 will be considered to achieve greater savings

Adequate clearance will be maintained around appliance when fit in available space so access to cabinets and light switches are not blocked

Appliance will be covered by a minimum 1-year warranty

Equipment will be selected with features that reduce both peak electric demand and absolute energy use and water use

Reduce energy use and water consumption

Ensure occupant satisfaction with appliance


Appliance will be installed according to manufacturer specifications (e.g., leveling, plumbing connection, electrical connection, interior lighting) and meet all applicable codes

Outlet will be grounded or provide ground

Shut off valves will be installed, if not already present

Water and electricity to existing washer will be shut off and disconnected

Function and proper connection (hot to hot/cold to cold) of hot and cold supply to washer will be verified

Hot water temperature shall be confirmed to be a maximum of 125°F or according to local code

Washer will operate through all cycles

Washer will be labeled with contact information

Information listing poison control contacts shall be provided

Floor surfaces and surroundings will be protected when removing washing machine

Hoses that can withstand water pressure at the location will be installed

If appliance is located in conditioned or finished area, overflow pan will be installed and drained to appropriate location

Any penetrations to the exterior created by the installation of the appliance will be sealed

Central laundry facilities will be considered over in-unit laundry rooms

Water quality will be evaluated via pH tests if area is prone to hard water conditions

Warranty information, operation manuals, and installer contact information will be provided to the occupant

Ensure worker safety

Ensure occupant safety

Ensure equipment functions as designed

Reduce water consumption

Prevent water damage

Educate occupants on how to maintain washer to ensure savings


Confirm appliance is operating in accordance with manufacturer specifications indicated in operation and maintenance manuals

Ensure occupant satisfaction

Ensure occupant safety


Appliances replaced by new units will be recycled or disposed of properly

Appliances infested with pests will be enclosed before moving

Prevent the reuse of inefficient equipment and its components

Reduce waste

Ensure occupant health


All OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov -standard practices will be followed

Ensure worker safety

Ensure occupant safety

Staff education

Warranty information, operation manuals, and installer contact information will be provided to the building operations staff

Energy-related appliance controls will be demonstrated to the occupant

Educate building operations staff about operation and maintenance of equipment

Ensure continued savings

Occupant education

Specific information on the proper maintenance of the equipment will be provided to the occupants

All equipment controls will be demonstrated to the occupants

Educate occupants about appliance and benefits

Ensure continued savings