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Posts Tagged ‘eco-friendly’

So You Bought An Appliance. Now What?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

You’ve just taken possession of your new appliance. Congratulations! The first thing to do is find the warranty card, fill out the necessary information, mail it to the manufacturer. After all the time you spent picking which product you wanted, don’t you want to know how to get the best use out of it? Grab a cup of tea or a glass of soda and learn about all the wonderful things your new toy can do for you.

The appliances we use today are much more advanced than ones made years ago. There are water-saving features with dishwashers and washing machines, and “energy-saving” is the buzzword for refrigerators and cooking appliances.

Here are just a few helpful hints I’d like to share with you.

- Dishwashers and washers require less soap than your old units. The soap dispensers in dishwashers do not need to be filled all the way, and too much soap leaves a white powdery film.
- Using a rinse-aid in the dishwasher helps the dishes to dry faster, leaves less spots and is recommended by the manufacturer.
- If the washing machine says to use HE soap, purchase only that kind. It is created just for these machines and a very small amount is required. More doesn’t always mean better (it only applies to chocolate and sleep).
- If you’ve gotten a refrigerator, be advised that it takes up to 24 hours for it to “settle” and know that it’s in a new home. This would be a good time to remove any tape holding parts in place, because if you wait until later it may not come off and I speak from experience…years of experience.
- Since we’re talking about refrigerators, stainless steel seems to be popular with a lot of folks. The biggest problem (granted, it’s cosmetic) is fingerprints. We have a premium stainless steel cleaner that works like a charm on those handprints. It’s Eco-friendly, made by Bayes and is only $9.95. They also make Eco-friendly cleaners for glass, ceramic, enamel, granite, marble, natural stone surfaces, barbeque cleaner and protectant, wood and bamboo cleaner, and even leather upholstery. All these products are only $9.95 for 125-175L per bottle.
- If you need a special part, our Appliance Parts Department can order any part for your appliance.

For more information, please contact our appliance service department or speak with a customer service representative through our live chat tool.

-Diane L.

Welcome to the Future of Laundry

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Whirlpool Vantage at Abt

Whirlpool is introducing their newest line of High–Efficiency laundry called Vantage. This set will do everything but fold the clothes for you. Of course it’s got style with it’s sleek look and blue lighting, but what it can do is more impressive.

It’s got an LCD touch control panel that will give you more options than ever before and also remember your favorite cycles. Do you want to customize your cycles to make them faster or more Eco-friendly? No problem with this set. Got a tough stain to remove? This unit has a stain assist technology that can beat any stain.  The washer & dryer also come with a USB port so updates to cycles and the machines can be done in a snap.

Of course with style & quality comes a nifty price tag – $2000 for the washer and $2000 for the dryer. Is this something that interests you? Let us know by posting your comments below. Look for these models on our site in the next couple of days.

-Walter O.

Green Innovation

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Start-up Company, Regen, has decided consumers need moreeco-friendly options. They are currently promoting a solar-powered iPod docking speaker system.

Solar power in consumer electronics “hasn’t progressed far beyond solar-powered calculators,” available since the 1970s, said Robert Brunner, one of the company’s founders. Many of those products, which he called “geeky science experiments,” were not useful because they took too long to charge or did not provide enough hours of usage on a charge, he said. “You can’t slap solar cells on something and expect it to work,” he explained. “You have to build the product from the ground up to be energy-efficient and useful.”

There are so many good reasons to be patient with solar-powered technology; it’s getting better everyday. Although the solar-powered speaker systems are slower charging, they are far better for the environment than conventional ones. Consumers and manufacturers alike are now considering the environment when making purchases. Abt Electronics carries many eco-friendly products, including three solar-powered iPod chargers.

-Kelly B.

Why Will You Buy?

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Could the economy be in an upswing? Could consumers be turning to more eco-friendly electronics? Are retailers giving customers the products they want for less money? Maybe a combination of all three?

According to iSuppli, an electronics market research company, LCD TV shipments are increasing. iSuppli is forecasting a jump from 7.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 to 7.5 million TV shipments this fourth quarter

iSuppli found, based on their research, many consumers will be replacing some of the first-generation models for better technology, low cost, low power consumption, and because newer electronics are less toxic to the environment. Low power consumption was the most recurring reason for those giving green reasons for wanting to purchase a new LCD TV. Are you in the market for an LCD TV? If so, what is the most important factor in your decision?

-Kelly B.