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Panasonic goes green in the home with new smart washing machines

By Staff writers | 11:19 am 15/07/2011

When you go looking for a new washer or dryer, one of the first things you look at is how well the appliance is rated for energy. Panasonic is now going one step further with a washing machine that looks for ways to be more green.

Despite not having a name that rolls off of the tongue, the new NA-140VG3WAU features a new technology called “Econavi” that uses 3D sensors to work out the amount of clothes in the machine, and then work out how much energy, water, drum rotations, and temperature are needed to make for a more economical and ecological wash.

“There is a world of difference between eco-capable products and those actually being used in a more responsible way,” said Matthew Harrison, the Group Marketing Manager for Panasonic Australia’s Home Environment division. “Our research has shown that consumers want green performance from their products; however many are time-poor and lack the information needed to significantly adjust their behaviours to achieve this.”

The NA-140VG3WAU features an energy rating of 4.5 stars, as well as a water efficiency rating of 4.5 stars, something few water-heavy appliances manage to get. Available in August for $1799, the new washing machine is the first in Panasonic’s line of appliances to get the Econavi sensor technology, with more products arriving later this year.

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