Whirlpool Corporation receives first ENERGY STAR® certification for clothes
Whirlpool Brand Duet® offers new level of energy efficiency
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., June 16, 2014
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Whirlpool
Corporation(NYSE: WHR) is the first appliance manufacturer to offer an ENERGY
STAR® certified clothes dryer. The company received recent certification from
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR program on the
Whirlpool brand Duet® model WED87HED steam dryer.
Whirlpool offers first ENERGY STAR certified dryer
The EPA announced its new Energy Star label for clothes dryers on May 27. The
new specifications will recognize a selection of highly efficient electric,
gas, and compact dryers that will use approximately 20% less energy than what
is required by the minimum efficiency standards effective in 2015.
The Whirlpool Duet dryer uses new technologies that combine to create a highly
energy-efficient drying cycle. Advanced moisture sensors are used to assure
the cycle ends precisely when the load is dry. This helps prevent over drying
which can not only waste energy, but also cause damage to fabrics. The dryer
also uses dual element modulation technology through the Ecoboost setting to
adjust the heat output based on the exact moisture content in the clothes.
This reduces the heat for the overall cycle, reducing energy consumption,
while only slightly extending the drying time.
Whirlpool Corp. has a long history in environmental stewardship including
helping to draft the first ENERGY STAR appliance standards which are one
element of the company's broad-based sustainability strategy. The company
currently sells more than 400 ENERGY STAR appliance models – more ENERGY STAR
qualified products than any other manufacturer.
"Clothes dryers are the next frontier for significant residential energy
efficiency gains, and we are proud to be the first manufacturer to offer
Energy Star dryers," saidNick Gillespie, senior manager of government
relations forWhirlpool Corporation. "Our long history of building products
that are both innovative and effective in protecting the environment is key to
our ongoing success."
According to the EPA over 80% of U.S. homes have a clothes dryer, and these
appliances account for approximately six percent of residential electricity
consumption.If all residential clothes dryers sold in the U.S. meet these new
requirements, the utility cost savings will grow to more than $1.5 billion
each year and more than 22 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions
would be prevented.
Whirlpool's full sustainability strategy engages nearly every aspect of its
business, from materials and processes, to product technologies and
end-of-life recycling, all aimed at a more sustainable future. With more than
860 million appliances currently in homes inthe United States- many 10 or
more years old - our biggest opportunity for overall energy and water savings
is in educating consumers on the benefits of replacing old, inefficient
appliances with new advanced products.
Whirlpool Corporationis the world's leading global manufacturer and marketer
of major home appliances, with annual revenues of approximately$19 billionin
2013, 69,000 employees and 59 manufacturing and technology research centers
around the world. The company marketsWhirlpool,Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air,
Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknechtand other major brand names to consumers in
nearly every country around the world. Additional information about the
company can be found atwww.whirlpoolcorp.com.
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