Solving Clean Water Challenges a Drop at a Time

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Good, clean water. It’s a basic necessity shared by families everywhere. Unfortunately, billions worldwide lack access to the safe water many others take for granted. In fact, contaminated water supplies are the leading cause of illness for millions of children globally.

The Nature’s Own Global Water Fund was created to address this dire situation by financially assisting non-profit humanitarian organizations that provide fresh water to those in need worldwide. Filtration and purification systems are installed, wells are built and farms are irrigated through a vast multinational effort coordinated among multiple agencies, corporations and millions of concerned citizens.

There is a way you can join in the effort. By purchasing any Nature’s Own Water Care product, you’re helping to make a contribution to the generous groups that keep healthy drinking water flowing to those who need it most. It’s all part of the commitment by Nature’s Own to improve water supplies throughout the world.

Designed to return the water in your home to the clean, clear state nature intended, Nature’s Own transforms water conditioning into water care, replacing traditional water conditioning products with pure, high-grade elements. The resulting water is more pure, tastier and gentler on your clothing and appliances than ordinary household water. Additionally, water treated with Nature’s Own soothes and rejuvenates the body.

Nature’s Own offers four distinct water care products, each designed with the unique needs of every home in mind. For families looking to add more potassium to their diet, Nature’s Own Potassium Cubes offers a healthy alternative to traditional sodium products. Potassium Enriched Cubes comprise an exclusive patented formula that offers a healthy balance of potassium and sodium, while protecting clothing and appliances.

Sodium Chloride Cubes with Resin Clean and Sodium Chloride Cubes with Rust Fighter extend water softener life, increase appliance efficiency and keep hair and skin free of mineral byproducts. All four products are safe for use in any water softener.

Nature’s Own is dedicated to making clean, clear water a reality for everyone. Visit www.naturesownwatercare.com to learn more about how you can help make a difference.

Is Hard Water Pouring Money Down the Drain?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Hard water costs the average American family well over $2,200 a year. And 85 percent of American households have hard water.

Hard water is caused by a buildup of calcium and magnesium that water picks up from sediment and rock before entering the home. The higher the amounts of these dissolved minerals, the harder the water. Hard water reduces the lifespan and effectiveness of appliances, increases energy usage, results in dingy laundry and dishes and damages skin and hair.

One of the simplest and least expensive ways to test for hard water in your home is to use a water hardness test strip. Nature’s Own Water Care offers a free kit that measures the grains of hardness per gallon, which in turn establishes the hardness in water. Once hard water is confirmed, the most effective and efficient way to remove dissolved calcium and magnesium and other impurities is by using a water softener regenerated regularly with Nature’s Own quality water care products.

Nature’s Own transforms water conditioning into water care, replacing traditional water conditioning products with a blend of pure, high-grade elements designed to return the water in your home to its natural state of purity. The resulting water is purer, tastier and gentler on your body and clothing than ordinary household tap water. Appliances run more efficiently and last longer.

Nature’s Own offers four distinct water care products, each designed with the unique needs of every home in mind. Sodium Chloride Cubes with Resin Clean and Sodium Chloride Cubes with Rust Fighter extend water softener life, increase appliance efficiency and keep hair and skin free of mineral by-products.

For families looking to add more potassium to their diet, Nature’s Own Potassium Cubes are an alternative to traditional sodium products. Additionally, Potassium Enriched Cubes offer a healthy balance of potassium and sodium, while protecting clothing and appliances.

To learn more about minerals in tap water and order your free Hard Water Test Kit, visit www.naturesownwatercare.com.

Evict That Home Energy Hog for Good

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In 1980, kitchen appliances accounted for nearly 44 percent of an average annual home’s energy consumption. With innovations in cooking, cleaning and preservation appliances, that figure is just above 10 percent today — and still dropping — much to the delight of consumers seeking green options throughout the home.

In a recent Whirlpool Corporation survey fielded by Harris Interactive, 84 percent of consumers said that energy — not water or time — is most important to them when it comes to home appliance efficiency. Despite the significant gains in efficiency over the last 30 years, nearly 70 percent of consumers cited a kitchen appliance as the one that consumes the most energy on a day-to-day basis.

“In the past, consumers did not need to look beyond the kitchen to find the home energy hog,” said J.B. Hoyt, Director, Regulatory Affairs and State Government Relations, Whirlpool Corporation. “Even today, cooking appliances are not ENERGY STAR qualified. However, recent innovations in appliance efficiency, particularly when it comes to the refrigerator and dishwasher, can really help consumers conserve resources.”

For example, the Resource Saver Refrigerator from Whirlpool brand uses less energy than it takes to power a 60-watt light bulb, exceeding federal efficiency standards by 30 percent. Moreover, the Resource Saver Dishwasher uses one-third less water and energy than dishwashers manufactured before 2000.

“Efficient appliances like these should help consumers save on their energy bills,” said Hoyt. “They are an important first step toward achieving an ‘eco-kitchen.’ However, homeowners also need to make sure to do their part to help.”

Small lifestyle changes can help appliances run at peak efficiency and conserve energy. For example, running the dishwasher late at night can help consumers avoid peak hours, and keeping the refrigerator stocked and at the recommended temperature can save energy as well.

Similarly, consumers can reduce energy when preparing a meal. Placing multiple foods in the oven can efficiently utilize heat, and selecting an appropriately sized pan for each burner can increase the efficiency of the range.

Cooking appliances also feature innovations to help conserve energy. The Whirlpool range with Energy Save mode conserves electricity when the oven is not in use, while the over-the-range Velos microwave can cook up to 47 percent faster than a traditional thermal bake oven when in SpeedCook mode.

To learn more about energy-efficient kitchen appliances, consumers can visit www.whirlpool.com.

Finding Your Fit in High-Efficiency Laundry

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – More than 80 percent of consumers said that energy — not water or time — is most important to them when it comes to appliance efficiency, and almost 60 percent understand what high efficiency (HE) means with regards to laundry appliances, according to a recent Whirlpool Corporation survey fielded by Harris Interactive. However, few consumers realize that they have a choice when it comes to the configuration — top-load vs. front-load.

Traditionally, consumers seeking high-efficiency laundry turn to front-loading machines. In fact, the survey uncovered that more than a third of consumers agreed that top-load washers use more energy than front load machines — a common misconception in today’s marketplace.

“Historically, front-load laundry pairs have led the industry in capacity and efficiency,” said Mary Zeitler, home economist, Whirlpool Institute of Fabric Science, “but nearly three-quarters of American households rely on top-load laundry configurations. Now, as more families look to save on energy, water and utility costs, it is important to understand that they can enjoy the best of both worlds.”

High-efficiency washing machines use up to 50 percent less energy than traditional models by washing clothes in a smaller pool of water. With less water in the cycle, the machine needs less energy to heat the clothes. Additionally, HE machines spin clothes at a faster rate and extract more water, thus reducing the amount of time required in the dryer.

“Now that high efficiency is available in both configurations, it is important that consumers understand the difference between a high-efficiency machine and other models,” said Zeitler. “Since an HE machine has such a tremendous impact on household energy and water bills, I recommend consumers seriously consider these models when replacing older machines. The savings add up fast.”

With proper maintenance on their HE machines, consumers can ensure peak efficiency and energy savings for years to come. It is best to use only HE detergent with HE washers to prevent oversudsing and build-up of residue. Futhermore, it is best to run full loads, but not overload the washer, to make sure clothes come out clean.

Whirlpool brand now offers two of the most eco-conscious top-load washing machines on the market — the Cabrio HE washer and an updated “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.

For more information on high-efficiency and HE laundry, consumers can log onto www.whirlpool.com.