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.
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
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 →
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.