Ap­pli­ances that save big

Los Angeles Times - - HOME & DESIGN - Rene Lynch rene.lynch@la­times.com

One way to save wa­ter in­side the home? Up­grade. You can find wa­ter-ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances and fix­tures of all prices, of course, but let’s dream big: Here are five sump­tu­ous buys out of many on the mar­ket that will make your neigh­bors green — with envy.

Be­fore you head to your lo­cal home show­room, con­tact your wa­ter and power sup­pli­ers and find out if any re­stric­tions ap­ply and what re­bates might be avail­able. The prices shown here are the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ sug­gested re­tail prices. But we sug­gest you shop around for the best deals.

1 Whirlpool’s Duet front-load­ing clothes washer is one of the most wa­ter- and en­ergy-ef­fi­cient mod­els on the mar­ket. Among its fea­tures: au­to­matic wa­ter level con­trols, so you never waste. Price: $1,349.

2 Moen has an ex­ten­sive line of kitchen faucets that com­bine eco-friendly fea­tures such as wa­ter-sav­ing aer­a­tion with mo­tion sen­sors so wa­ter au­to­mat­i­cally stops when you’re out of the sen­sor “zone,” lim­it­ing waste. Price: $625 and higher.

3 Uri­nals are com­mon­place out­side of the home be­cause they can save so much wa­ter. Now they’re mov­ing onto the bath­room show­room floor. Kohler’s Stew­ard is one ex­am­ple of a water­less uri­nal that can be in­stalled in the home. (It re- quires pe­ri­odic treat­ment with a sealant and water­less clean­ing fluid.) Price: $641.75

4 Love the rain shower ex­pe­ri­ence? Moen’s ul­tra-wide shower heads use self-pres­sur­iz­ing “im­mer­sion” tech­nol­ogy that boosts spray power while sav­ing wa­ter. Start­ing at $154.

5 The KitchenAid Ar­chi­tect Se­ries II dish­washer boasts an “AquaSense” sys­tem that se­lec­tively re­cy­cles wa­ter dur­ing the clean­ing sys­tem to “use 33% less wa­ter with­out sac­ri­fic­ing ... clean­ing and dry­ing,” ac­cord­ing to com­pany lit­er­a­ture. (It uses 1.95 gal­lons per cy­cle. Some older ma­chines can use as much as 15 gal­lons per cy­cle.) Price: $1,749











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