Fam­i­lies take a whirl at eco aware­ness

Cape Breton Post - - THE ENVIRONMENT -

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.”

CanWest News Ser­vice

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.

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