Green is the new black when it comes to the laundry room, yet many consumers do not realize they have a choice when it comes to high-efficiency (HE), eco-friendly laundry appliances. A recent survey commissioned by Whirlpool Corporation
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Traditionally, consumers seeking high efficiency laundry turn to front-loading machines, yet according to previous Whirlpool research nearly three quarters of American households still own top-load washing machines. In fact, 44 percent of consumers in the most recent survey said they did not know if top-load washers use more energy than front-loaders and 38 percent believe that they do, indicating a need for clarity when it comes to communicating the benefits of HE machines to appliance shoppers.
"Historically, front-load laundry pairs have led the industry in capacity and efficiency," said Mary Zeitler, home economist, Whirlpool Institute of Fabric Science, "but manufacturers like Whirlpool Corporation are working to offer superior energy and water savings in models to suit consumers' needs and preferences. As more families look to save on energy, water and utility costs, it is important to understand that HE washers, whether in a top-load or front-load configuration, can deliver unmatched efficiency, saving time and money in the laundry room."
And while overall consumer demand for eco-friendly products is generally high, understanding HE in terms of laundry and the configurations in which it is available varies. For example, consumers aged 18-44 said an HE washer would be a "must have" in their dream laundry room, while consumers aged 45+ said their "must have" would be a washer and dryer that are more ergonomically friendly.
Additionally, consumers who are married or were married appear to understand eco-efficient products, more so than their single/never married counterparts. In fact, 61 percent of married and 64 percent of previously married consumers said they understand what HE means in terms of laundry appliances - while only 51 percent of single/never married consumers said the same.
Driven by consumer insight, Whirlpool Corporation offers more HE and ENERGY STAR® qualified washers than any other manufacturer, including some of the most eco-conscious top and front-loading options on the market across its across its portfolio of brands.
-- Whirlpool brand now offers two of the most eco-conscious top-load washing machines on the market - the Cabrio® HE washer and an updated Whirlpool® Classic conventional washer, in addition to the popular front-loading Duet® model. All three models are ENERGY STAR qualified and use at least 50 percent less water and energy than conventional machines. -- The Maytag® Bravos™ now has an even larger capacity of 5.0 cubic feet (IEC) and with more laundry per load, consumers save time and money on energy costs. The washer has the highest efficiency in the industry, saving 70 more percent water and 67 more percent energy than conventional machines. -- Amana® brand's new front-load washer enables consumers to use 10,521 fewer gallons of water each year and save 44 percent on energy use when compared to a standard, non-ENERGY STAR qualified washer.
To learn more about Whirlpool Corporation's portfolio of brands, please visit www.whirlpoolcorp.com.
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive via its QuickQuery(SM) online omnibus service on behalf of Whirlpool Corporation between December 29 and 31 2008, among 2,042 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older. Results were weighted as needed for region, age within gender, education, household income and race/ethnicity. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated; a full methodology is available.
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About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion, 70,000 employees, and 69 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com/.
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