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EPA names appliance maker Partner of the Year

March 28, 2016
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Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corporation is a global maker of household appliances. Photo via

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized an appliance maker in the region for its contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gases through its energy-efficient home appliances.

Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor said it received the 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Product Brand Owner Award from the EPA this month.

The EPA said Whirlpool received the recognition due to its energy-efficient kitchen and laundry appliances.

The EPA also recognized the company for being a leader in educating consumers and training retailers about energy efficiency.

Whirlpool said that this is the 25th ENERGY STAR award that it has won in the U.S., more than any other appliance maker.

Nathan Mouw, director of North American Regulatory Affairs at Whirlpool, said Whirlpool values its partnership with ENERGY STAR, and the company is “honored to once again earn the distinction of Partner of the Year.”

Mouw said the company has created a number of products that allow consumers to “take sustainability practices into their own hands” through improved energy and water efficiency.

One example is Whirlpool’s HybridCare dryer, which merges both heat pump and ventless technologies to solve several "key challenges" for dryers: energy usage; gentle care for specialty clothing; and identifying an appropriate space to vent outside.

With an Eco Dry setting, the dryer uses up to 73 percent less energy than traditional dryers, according to Whirlpool.

"Whirlpool Corporation's ENERGY STAR-certified products are helping Americans save money, save energy and do their part to reduce our nation's greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

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