Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tips on Saving Money by Selecting Green Laundry System

I was interviewed by our local news affiliate, WOAI TV, on the differences between appliances that were rated Energy Star and those that were not up to Energy Star standards. The state of Texas had a Sales Tax Holiday on certain qualifying Energy Star appliances and items during the long Memorial Day Weekend and the interview was to speak on the related topic.

The question is why would you buy an Energy Star appliance? If saving our precious green resources still isn't enough of a motivator, maybe the other precious green in our pockets might be an incentive to prompt the question...is this an Energy Star appliance?

Through HomeWerks, I have released a series of Press Releases with guidelines on what to look for when purchasing Energy Star products. The first in the series is providing tips for saving money by selecting a green washer and dryer.

HomeWerks' home city of San Antonio definitely has it's challenges providing sufficient water supply to it's citizens with record breaking drought conditions and a washer can make a huge impact on water as well as energy savings. Valid information to apply to any brand but there is a definite bias to HomeWerks' favorite brand of Miele washers and dryers.

1. Look for laundry products that meet Energy Star requirements - saving over $145 a year in energy. If a washer is over 10 years old, replacing it with a new Energy Star qualified washer could save over $145 each year on utility bills. If everyone in the U.S. owned a Miele, we'd save the equivalent of 40 million barrels of oil a year. And with a Miele Honeycomb washer, you save enough clean drinking water for 10 people for life.

2. Look for several water level options. Choose a washing machine that allows you to adjust the water level to match the size of the load. Miele's new MasterCare controls automatically weighs and adjusts the water for the load size.

3. Choose a dryer with a moisture sensor. Reduce the dryer's energy use by choosing a model with a moisture sensor. Miele's Touchtronic microprocessor monitors dampness and automatically shuts off the machine when clothes are dry, which saves energy and reduces wear and tear on clothes caused by over-drying...saving more money.

4. Look for quality and be ready to spend more now so you don't have to buy two washers later. For example, Miele has a 20-year lifespan, outlasting the average life cycle stated by Energy Star by 9 years, that's two washers purchased for every Miele sold. No built-in, planned obsolescence.

5. Check for available rebates. Go to EnergyStar.gov for the latest rebate programs. Our city water provider, San Antonio Water System (SAWS) also offers $100 rebate for level 3-tier washers. Check local utility providers for rebate programs as well.

About Miele
For more information about Miele, please visit http://www.mieleusa.com/ or call 800.843.7231. Check out their corporate sustainability statements.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Start

I can not wait until this blog really starts taking off as I'm just learning the art of blogging ...lots of ideas ready to burst out in to this blog.

I just completed my Professional Green Certification course through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). It is so exciting to be able to take a course that can not only offer lots of good info but give credibility to the Professional trying to practice Green not only in their personal lives but in their respective professional arena .

You may be curious as to why a building certification...it makes sense when you look at our offerings... For more than twenty years, my marketing efforts have been toward premium products that have no planned obsolescence...be energy efficient and water wise...and improve the health of our indoor spaces. And they must be the coolest cool stuff for the home!

My company, HomeWerks, has several divisions with Appliances., Floor Care and Low Volt Integration to name a few. Within each of those divisions there are a lot of synergistic categories so I can assure you there is a lot of interesting info to share with new products popping up all the time!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Getting Connected

HomeWerks is getting connected by joining FaceBook and Twitter as well as this blog. We are excited about the opportunity to share information about us and our products. Lots of neat things coming up!