Going Green with Fisher & Paykel

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With greenhouse gases and global warming a hot topic, many companies are now implementing new policies to reduce pollution. But Fisher & Paykel has made an effort to reduce their negative impact on the world since their beginning and has been recycling products since 1993. They remove hazardous refrigerant gases and reuse as many materials as possible, including the re-use of packaging. In 2008 almost 4,000 tons of scrap metal and plastic were recycled rather than dumped into a landfill.  

Learn more on how Fisher & Paykel is keeping their company green in this short video about how they recycle appliances- Fisher & Paykel- Caring For The Environment.

Kitchen Appliance Measurements

One of the most overlooked steps in buying an appliance is getting the right measurements. Not all kitchen appliance brands have standard measurements, so getting your kitchen’s specific space requirements should be one of the first steps you take when deciding on a good investment. Some important factors to consider:

  • Keep appliances size-appropriate. Large-capacity models in small kitchens lack visual appeal and practicality.
  • Measure your home’s entry ways so you can be sure you’ll be able to get your new appliance inside the house.
  • Remember to take measurements of width, height and depth of where your appliance will sit.
  • Be aware of the space an appliance will need to open and close.

This is what a counter depth fridge looks like. Photo from TinaRobinsonDesign.com

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5 Easy Tips for Front-Load Laundry Care and Maintenance

Keep that door ajar! Image from fresh-wave.com

 

Front-loading laundry is notorious for a trademark musty smell that comes from inside the machine. The issue actually comes from the design of the machine, water can get stuck inside of the door gasket and other parts of the machine and mildew builds up.  In 2005, there was actually a lawsuit against Maytag because the issue got so bad customers were complaining of mold actually being ON their clothes. 

Fortunately, advancements have been made in front-load technology since then but appliance manufacturers now suggest certain tips to ensure that mold and mildew don’t build up anymore, including leaving the door ajar. Electrolux has even innovated a special door clip that leaves the door ajar without leaving it wide open, to prevent Continue reading

Cash for Clunkers Energy Rebates Update – Funds Running Low

Recycle!

Photo Courtesy Baycounty-Mi.gov

As of Monday, January 17 2011, the Cash for Clunker’s Recharge Colorado Rebate Program only had $143,700 in funds left, from the $3.4 million that was available when the program first launched early last year

The Governor’s Energy Office is offering rebates for people who replace an existing appliance with one that is Energy Star qualified. Any qualified appliance purchased from April 19 and on is available for the rebate program.  A list of qualified appliances & rebate amounts can be found on Recharge Colorado’s website

In order to get the rebate, you must fill out all the appropriate forms and send them in within seven days of submitting your application online. The GEO is offering $75 rebates for clothes washers, $50 rebates for dishwashers, and $100 for refrigerators. You must provide proof of recycling for refrigerators in order to get the full rebate, without it the rebate is $50. 

Appliance Factory Outlet offers complete delivery, installation, and haul-away of old appliances, which can include recycling the old unit in accordance with EPA guidelines. We also carry a large selection of Energy Star qualified Continue reading

Winterize Your Vehicle

 

Winter is here. Have you prepared your car? We’ve put together a few tips of things to do to winterize your vehicle:

A Clear Windshield.

  • Being able to see is a pretty important part of driving- Make sure you have good wiper blades. Wiper blades last about a year.
  • Make sure you fill up your windshield washer reservoir with non-freezing wash fluid.
  • Make sure your defroster is working. If it isn’t and you don’t have money to fix it, look into getting a handheld heater.

A Healthy Engine.

  • Get a full service check up to avoid a break down in the snow.
  • If you have an oil-guzzling machine, keep in mind that oil thickens in the cold, so make sure you get the correct oil.
  • Get your four-wheel drive checked before winter hits, so you know you can use it when you need it.

 

Good Tires.

  • When you have bad tires, stopping can be difficult enough in warm weather, so make sure your tires aren’t bald when driving on icy streets.
  • Consider getting snow tires for better traction if you live in a snow covered climate.
  • Use a tire gauge to check your tire pressure. Tires may become low because air contracts in the cold.

 

Emergency Kit.

Put together a kit with the following accessories:

  • A blanket for warmth.
  • Extra boots and gloves- just in case.
  • Food and water- sometimes you can be stranded for days.
  • Ice scraper.
  • Kitty litter or sand for traction when you get stuck in the snow.
  • Flares if your car breaks down.
  • Jumper cables if your battery dies.
  • Flashlight to see at night.
  • Tool kit.
  • Tire chains.
  • Spare tire.
  • First aid kit.

Checklist When Stranded.

  • Do not wander from car unless you can see help.
  • Light flares at the front and back of your car to catch someone’s attention.
  • Use blankets from the emergency kit to keep warm.
  • If you can, run the heater every hour for 10 minutes.
  • Crack one window to avoid the car sealing up.
  • Suck on a piece of hard candy to prevent a dry mouth.