Families take a whirl at eco awareness
composting bin in the backyard come spring.
Meanwhile in the Marshall/ Wiseman homestead, two-yearold Carter is the conservation gatekeeper. “My son reminds me to turn off the lights,” Chris Marshall says. “It’s cool to think that my children will never remember a time when we used plastic bags for groceries.”
He acknowledges that with all the stress and work that comes with two youngkids, sometimes the easiest way isn’t always the greenest way. But the washerdrier upgrade certainly eases the guilt associated with a constant stream of dirty baby laundry.
“I geeked out a little over the RPMs (rounds per minute) on the washing machine,” he says. “I’m so impressed by how wrung out the clothes are, and that a load in the drier finishes before the next load is done in the washer.”
Warren Ellacott, Whirlpool Canada’s efficiency expert, is equally passionate about Energy Star numbers: spin cycle speeds that reach 1,300 RPM; wash basin capacity of 18 to 22 lbs. (compared with a mere 10 lbs. on older models); and a dishwasher delay feature that allows you to slumber through a silent steam clean at 4 a.m.
“ Time is so limited for families and they don’t want to spend all of it doing chores,” Ellacott says. “ They want maximum productivity from their appliances. They want the job done right the first time. This saves them money and time, which they can spend doing things they enjoy together.”
Eco 101 starts early in the Marshall/Wiseman household. Chris Marshall with daughter Lilah and his wife Lisa Wiseman with son Carter, own one of three homes across Canada that has been given Whirlpool appliances as a promotional way to see how the household energy expenses get reduced.