The SoCal Water$mart program provides financial incentives to encourage customers to choose high-efficiency clothes washers (HEWs) instead of standard top-loading models. HEWs can use 55% less water and 30% less energy. They also can do a better job of cleaning and they are gentler on clothes than standard washers. Drying time can be cut in half. Qualifying HEWs must be from the list of approved models and have a water efficiency factor of 4.0 or less. Rebates start at $85.