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Chicago-area Mr. Appliance Calls Out the Least Green Appliances in Homes Just in Time for Summer

Just in time for summer, the Mr. Appliance of Kane Kendall Will & Dupage, has shared simple but impactful tips to make the least green, and most commonly used, appliances operate more energy-efficiently and save consumers money.

"Some of the most commonly used household appliances consume the most energy," said Doug Rogers, president of Mr. Appliance. "When you don't take proper care of appliances, the consequences can be hugely detrimental not only to the environment but also to the price of your energy bill. The harder an appliance has to work to do its job, the more energy it consumes in the process, and following these simple tips can help protect the planet and their wallet."

While ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances make it easier to reduce a carbon footprint, below are a few tips from the local Mr. Appliance on how to turn existing appliances a little more green:

  • Dishwasher: give this appliance a wash of its own by running an empty cycle with a citric acid-based cleaner, which will remove soap and calcium build-up that makes your dishwasher work harder than it has to.
  • Washer: washing machines use about the same amount of energy for all load sizes, so fill up the load to avoid wasting energy. Mr. Appliance even offers an eco-friendly laundry cleaning system deemed pureWash®. This system is an accessory for existing or new washing machines and converts ordinary tap water into a powerful cleaning agent called ozone, which cleans clothes without the need for detergent and helps them last longer.
  • Dryer: keeping the lint filter clean will maximize air circulation and energy efficiency. As an extra tip, keeping the dryer's outside exhaust clean will reduce drying time, which also saves energy.
  • Refrigerator: Always be sure to clean the condenser coils in the refrigerator. It's common for dust, dirt and food particles to cling to these coils over time, which reduces their efficiency and puts extra strain on the appliance. Setting the temperature of a fridge for energy efficacy is also crucial. The optimal refrigerator setting for food safety and energy efficiency is 36 to 38 degrees F. Setting the temperature any colder than this wastes energy.

With more than 220 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, Mr. Appliance is North America's leading home and commercial appliance repair franchise system. To learn more about Mr. Appliance, visit their website at