What’s New with Mr. Appliance

Mr. Appliance of Kane Kendall Will & Dupage has recently released some new and useful information regarding how to make even the most environmentally-unfriendly appliances operate using less energy and their owners’ money.

“Some of the most commonly used household appliances consume the most energy,” explains Doug Rogers, president of Mr. Appliance. “When you don’t take proper care of appliances, the consequences can be hugely detrimental not only to the environment but also to the price of your energy bill. The harder an appliance has to work to do its job, the more energy it consumes in the process, and following these simple tips can help protect the planet and their wallet.”

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While ENERGY STAR appliances may offer the best rates in terms of energy efficiency and in so doing make it easier for appliance owners to reduce their carbon footprint, they’re also very expensive and not an option financially for many shoppers. For those who can’t spend the extra dough on ENERGY STAR appliances or new appliances in general, there are many ways that an existing, standard appliance can be made a little more green.

Take a dishwasher, for example. Keeping your dishwasher clean is one of the first and most important ways to make your washes more efficient in terms of energy use and resources. Run an empty cycle with a little citric acid-based cleaner to remove soap and calcium build up from the nooks and crannies of your dishwasher. After all, its this build up that forces your dishwasher to work harder than it should ever have to.

As for your washing machine, keep in mind that regardless of the size of the load that you put into the machine, it will use the same amount of energy. Fill your washing machine up to the brim every time to avoid wasting energy. Mr. Appliance actually offers an eco-friendly laundry cleaning system called pureWash that can act as a helpful accessory for existing and new washing machines. It converts ordinary tap water into a powerful cleaning agent called ozone, which can then wash clothing without the addition of detergent. Ozone is also more gentle with clothing, allowing for them to last longer.

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Your dryer will work better if you take the extra five seconds to keep the lint filter clean. This will help to maximize air circulation and enable the dryer to work at its optimum efficiency. Keeping the dryer’s outside exhaust clean will also help to reduce necessary drying time, saving you energy with every load and therefore money on your next utility bill.

Your refrigerator is one of the most energy hungry appliances in your home. Be sure to clean the condenser coils so it doesn’t take even more energy than necessary to keep your food cool; it’s unfortunately common for dust, dirt and food particles to cling to these coils over time, reducing the efficiency of their cooling powers and putting unnecessary strain on the appliance. Setting the right temperature on your fridge is also crucial in terms of making energy efficiency a possibility.

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