Buying Appliances to Save Energy

Making Sense out of Energy Savings Appliances

Question. Can I justify buying new appliances based on energy savings alone?

Answer. Maybe. If your current appliances are old energy hogs, you may be able to justify replacement for energy savings alone because the savings will pay for the replacement. This applies more to washers, dishwashers, and refrigerators than it does to ranges, ovens, cooktops, and dryers.

Here are three specific recommendations:

  1. Topload agitator-type washing machines are real culprits. In general, the older they are the more water they use, and the more water they use, the higher the energy costs, because of the cost to heat the water.

  2. Here's a quick way to find out if your dishwasher is an energy hog. If you have a porcelain tub dishwasher which has no filterbasket, it's very likely a big energy user. Energy saving dishwashers are likely to have stainless or polystyrene tubs and often use a wash system with a filter basket vs. a built-in food chopper.

  3. Does your refrigerator make a loud clunking sound when the compressor turns on? That's a good clue that this has a traditional compressor that runs a long time at high speed to provide cooling and then shuts down for a long period. Most refrigerators today have smaller more efficient compressors that do not cycle on and off but slow down and speed up based on cooling demand.

Another test you might use is age. If an appliance is over 15 years old, consider it suspect. If the appliance is working well, not service prone, and you just love it, then keep it. But, when you have the next service call on old Bessie, it's time to say goodby. The combined cost of repair and potential energy savings of a new appliance make a compelling case for replacement.

GE Monitor Top Refrigerator

GE Monitor Top

There are other reasons to replace appliances such as a kitchen remodel or a move into a new house, but use the above recommendations to think through your appliance replacement needs. Of course, consult your builder or designer, and count on the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply for all your appliance needs and more.

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NEW Whirlpool Heat Pump Dryer at AWSCO

Arizona Wholesale introduces NEW Whirlpool heat pump dryer



7.3 cu ft. HybridCare™ Ventless Duet® Dryer with Heat Pump Technology

Heat pump clothes drying system from Whirlpool

Whirlpool has launched a new Energy Star® dryer that uses heat pump technology to help dry clothes, saving energy and eliminating the need for outside dryer venting. The energy savings is substantial, and considering that your dryer can be responsible for 10% or more of your total electric bill, it's worth looking into if you're buying new laundry equipment.

If you're building a new house, additional savings comes from not needing duct work and venting for a dryer since the dryer recirculates the air eliminating any outside venting.

Finally, this makes finding a location for a laundry pair much easier since installing duct work is not a concern.

While dryers using some or all of this technology have been around in Europe for quite a while, European dryers also tend to be quite small. This new dryer from Whirlpool has a giant 7.3cu. ft. dryer drum. Also, this drying technology does take somewhat longer to dry. But ror those who can't wait, Whirlpool has included a 5500 watt heating element and a quick dry cycle. Otherwise, consumers can use the balanced cycle, or the eco cycle.

For a quick video from Whirlpool showing how this technology works click on the link below:

Hybrid Heat Pump Dryer Benefits


Here is a list of features from Whirlpool:

  • Our Most Efficient Dryer
  • Installs in More Places
  • Gentle Care
  • Advanced Moisture Sensing
  • Quad Baffles
  • HybridCare Energy Options
  • ENERGY STAR(R) Qualified
  • Tap Touch Controls with Memory
  • SingleSwipe Lint Screen
  • 7.3 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Stainless Steel Dryer Drum
  • Wrinkle Shield Option
  • Quick Dry Cycle
  • Bulky Cycle
  • Heavy Duty Cycle
  • Designed, Engineered and Assembled in the U.S.A

Other brands and models are quickly following suit with heat pump dryers of their own. Check with your sales associate at Arizona Wholesale Supply for more information on this new product.

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Introducing Energy Star Dryers

Why get an Energy Star dryer?

Surprising truth about dryer energy usage



Energy Star has been around for over twenty years, but until now there has never been an Energy Star rating for dryers. Evidently, there just wasn't enough difference in energy use among different dryer models to make a significant difference in operation costs. Now, it appears that has changed and Energy Star ratings are appearing on new dryers.

“Dryers are one of the most common household appliances and the biggest energy users,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a recent statement.

First, if you have a choice between a gas or electric dryer, you should choose gas. It's much less expensive to run a gas dryer than electric. However, if you have no choice between fuel types consider one of the new heat pump dryers. They'll save you money on electricity and they need no venting, but they are pricey. We've written about Whirlpool's heat pump dryer. Click on the link below to go to that blog:

New Whirlpool Heat Pump Dryer

Here are a few other considerations when choosing a dryer that can help save energy:

  1. Auto-termination. Dryers that shut off when they determine your clothes are dry rather than basing cycle termination on a specific run time will save energy.

  2. Moisture-sensing. Dryers that have a moisture sensing capability and shut down based on moisture in the drum, rather than time or heat sensing will save even more energy.

  3. Insulated dryers. Some dryers have insulation which does a better job of keeping the heat inside the dryer. This also contributes to energy efficiency.

  4. Reverse tumbling. Dryers that have reverse tumbling do a better job of separating the clothes which allows clothes to dry thoroughly and more quickly.

  5. Improved vane design and tumble action. Some dryers include redesigned drums and vanes that create more lift in the clothes and reduce drying time.

By getting matched Energy Star washers and dryers you get the most energy savings. For new homes or remodels work with your builder or design professional and make an appointment with the professionals at your nearest Arizona Wholesale Supply to learn more about Energy Star appliances.

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Holiday Dishwasher Specials at AWS

4 Different Dishwashers – Each on Sale Now

Holiday Specials at Arizona Wholesale Supply


Choose from among the economical $288 Amana brand (probably the lowest-priced brand name dishwasher on the market), and the heavy-duty, dependable $498 Maytag dishwasher that gives you quality at a great price.

KitchenAid® has long been America's favorite dishwasher. The $698 KUDS30FXSS delivers unmatched washability with an American style hard-food disposer. That means no emptying those nasty filter cups, and yet this dishwasher still offers a quiet 49 decibel sound level. On top of that, it's Energy-Star® rated.

KitchenAid's ProScrub® Option is an ideal solution for items like casserole dishes that require concentrated cleaning of caramelized or baked-on messes. In addition to the ProScrub® option, you’ll enjoy features like stainless steel wash arms and a Heat Dry option that make it the industry's best performing dishwasher brand*. A panel-ready option lets you integrate your dishwasher into surrounding cabinetry.

ProScrub® Option
Uses 36 targeted spray jets at the back of the dishwasher to help eliminate soaking or pre-scrubbing (see the video).

2 Fold-Down Cup Shelves with Integrated Stemware Holders
Provides extra room in the upper rack to hold additional cups, wine glasses, or long items such as utensils and spatulas.

Heat Dry Option
Delivers the best drying by activating a recessed heating element at the end of the cycle.

Watch the video below to see the KitchenAid® dishwasher in action.

Additional Features

4 Stainless Steel Wash Arms
Distribute water precisely and powerfully to every corner of the dishwasher for exceptional cleaning performance. Durable stainless steel construction helps ensure long life.

Full Stainless Steel Tub
Resists streaks, stains, and odors while providing optimum heat transfer for exceptional drying.

Upper Rack with SatinGlide® System and Premium Adjusters
Creates versatile loading options to help optimize performance. Premium adjusters make it easy to raise or lower the upper rack depending on the items being loaded, and the SatinGlide® System allows the rack to move smoothly, even under the weight of heavy items.

Hard Food Disposer
Grinds up and removes loose food particle, eliminating the need for pre-rinsing.

15 Place Setting Capacity
Is your assurance that all the plates, glasses, and serving trays you use for entertaining will fit and get exceptionally clean and dry.

ENERGY STAR® Qualified
These KitchenAid® dishwashers are designed to use less energy, help save money on utility bills, and help conserve our natural resources.

Panel-Ready Design
Allows the dishwasher to accept a custom front panel to help it integrate more closely with kitchen cabinets.(*)

*Combined wash and dry results of leading premium brands' highest MSRP models; dry testing conducted without rinse aid.

Call or visit one of the three Arizona Wholesale Supply locations today or click on the link below for more Holiday Specials.


For more information call or visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply .

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