How to Save Energy with Appliances


How to Save Energy with Appliances from East Coast Appliance.

Major appliances, even when a household has installed ENERGY STAR rated products, can account for 20 to 30 percent of a household’s energy bills. In temperate climates where heating and cooling are not required on a regular basis, major appliances typically consume an even greater percentage of total energy usage.

By looking at just a few of our household appliances and changing our habits, we can reduce our energy consumption even further.

• The refrigerator – Keeping temperatures too low in the refrigerator and the freezer can result in a motor that consumes far more energy than is necessary. The optimal temperature for the refrigerator compartment is 38 degrees while the temperature level in freezer should be maintained at 4 degrees. These temperatures can maintain freshness while consuming energy efficiently.
• The dishwasher – The heated drying cycle of a dishwasher consumes energy unnecessarily, especially if there isn’t a need to pull dry dishes out of the machine at a specific time. Instead, use the air dry option which uses air blown by fans to dry the wash load.
• The washing machine – Opt for cold water washes whenever possible with your washing machine. In a hot water wash 90 percent of the energy consumed goes to heating water. Defaulting to hot cycles has become unnecessary as advancements in cold water washing detergents can now yield the same results as those of energy consuming hot water cycles. The advanced cleaning capabilities using cold water and cold water detergents now mean that hot water cycles need to only be used when greasy or oily stains need to be removed.

Each of these actions can capitalize on improved efficiencies of today’s appliances. By turning them into habits, you’ll be able to optimize your savings on a monthly basis.


Washing Machine Tips to Save Money

Electrolux Laundry From East Coast Appliance

Washing Machine Tips to Save Money

Getting the laundry done is often considered as the type of task that is performed in the same way every time with a primary goal of getting the chore done as quickly as possible. Contrary to this common theme, the shortcuts and habits that are frequently part of hustling through the job can actually require more time, use more energy, and treat apparel more harshly than taking a more methodical approach.

These mistakes include:

• Trying to do 1 ½ loads (or more) with one wash cycle – When the basin of the washer is overloaded in an attempt to run one less wash cycle, a variety of things can go wrong including items that don’t get cleaned properly as well as extra stress on the washer’s motor. The result of trying to wash more clothes than the machine can handle the first time often results in the need to run two additional cycles with reduced loads.
• Using the same amount of detergent every time – Wash loads can vary widely in the amount of soil content that has to be cleaned. Using the same amount of detergent on each load can result in an unnecessarily harsh washing environment for light loads and diminished cleaning power on heavy loads. Taking a minute or two to determine the recommended amounts of detergent for specific types of wash loads can save money and prevent you from having to re-do wash loads that didn’t start out with enough detergent.
• Using the same wash cycles and temperature settings every time – Wash loads that are made up of t-shirts generally require far less water and lower temperatures than those full of heavier fabrics and oil-based stains. Adjusting cycles and settings to match the wash load typically results in efficient washes that also save time and money.
• Neglecting the dispensers – Detergent and fabric softener residues tend to thicken and clog dispensers over time, resulting in a steady decline of washing efficiency. Rinsing these dispensers out with hot water every other month can keep them flowing free and deliver great wash results every time.

Rushing through the weekly laundry cycles can actually waste time and money. By running appropriately sized wash loads, making adjustments for different types of loads, and doing some minimal maintenance you’ll be able to maximize cleaning and minimize your laundry time.

Blu-ray 101

Blu-ray is the name of the optical disc platform that has been designed with the intention of replacing the widely used format of digital video discs (DVDs). The technology gets its name from the blue laser that reads the information on the disc, at a rate which occurs at a higher storage speed than DVDs that are read by red lasers.

The advantages of Blu-ray include:

* Better picture qualityBlu-ray’s better picture quality starts with its increased resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 versus the standard DVD resolution of 720 x 480. The higher number of pixels available in the Blu-ray format results in far greater detail and picture clarity. The Blu-ray format also has deeper colors and enhanced contrasts.

* Better sound quality – Higher resolution audio formats deliver a richer sound experience that can rival movie theater audio.

* The Blu-ray format optimizes HDTV – Owners of HDTV screens can only optimize the picture from discs with the Blu-ray format due to the fact that DVDs are not designed with enough pixels for the display screen. Trying to integrate a DVD with a high resolution screen can result in a lower picture quality than that of a screen that doesn’t have HD technology.

* DVDs work in Blu-ray players – This avoids the situation where a new technology renders the one being replaced as unusable (VHS tapes versus DVD’s, for example). Being able to play DVDs means that a new Blu-ray owner doesn’t have to start from scratch in terms of a movie collection and can continue to play DVDs while adding Blu-ray movies.

As a relatively new technology, buying a Blu-ray player will still cost more than the DVD version. That being said, enhanced viewing experience is the name of the game for virtually all new technology in this category, which places Blu-ray in the middle of the next generation of video-related electronics.

East Coast Appliance and Electronics’ Witchduck Builder Store Announces Major Renovations in the Works

East Coast Appliance and Electronics is pleased to announce major renovations that are in the works for its Witchduck Builder Store. The renovation plan also includes moving the store down the street to its new address: 117 South Witchduck Rd., Virginia Beach, Va. 23462. The move to the new location will also nearly triple the size of the sales floor from the current 2500 square feet to 7000 square feet. The move and renovations are expected to be completed by January 1st, 2013.

Renovations at the Builder Direct store include:

• 15 vignettes featuring refrigerators, dishwashers, cooktops and wall ovens in a variety of configurations, designs and styles – Each vignette will be created with kitchen appliances from name brands including Fisher and Paykel, GE Monogram, Viking, and more.

• A Manhattan warehouse look and feel – The new design will feature the open architecture of a Manhattan warehouse with raw finishes and an industrial affect.

• An expanded inventory facilitated by the near tripling of the square footage of the sales floor.

The Builder Direct store, an offshoot from the East Coast Appliance and Electronics superstores, caters to architects, builders, and general contractors with personal service committed to providing the best solutions for any type of kitchen or electronics configuration. The services and solutions include professional deliveries of electronics and appliances, as well as flawless installation. These customized solutions and services also come with low price guarantees backed by East Coast Appliance and Electronics.

East Coast Appliance and Builder Direct can guarantee these low prices based on the company’s buying power as well as its membership in the Nationwide Marketing Group. Nationwide’s membership is comprised of over 3000 independent storeowners selling appliances, furniture, electronics and installation services with combined revenues of over $12 billion. The accumulated buying power of the members inside this group leads to low unit pricing on appliances and electronics that puts East Coast Appliance and Builder Direct in a position where those low prices can be passed on and guaranteed to its customers.

“The new Builder Direct Store will be a great extension of East Coast Appliance and Electronics’ commitment to providing the best prices, products and services”, said Rob Nicholson, president and owner of East Coast Appliance & Electronics. He added, “We are very excited about being able to offer our commercial customers continued exceptional service, an expanded inventory, and everyday low prices at our new location.”

In addition to the Builder Direct store in Virginia Beach, East Coast Appliance & Electronics operates superstores in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Newport News, Virginia. The company also offers parts and service through a separate location in Virginia Beach.
East Coast Appliance & Electronics is the largest independently owned appliance and electronics operation in Virginia, offering all the major appliance and electronics brands. For more information on the Builder Direct store, visit:

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East Coast Appliance Announces the Addition of Samsung Appliances to its Product Lineup

East Coast Appliance is pleased to announce the addition of Samsung Appliances to its already extensive product lineup. The new products from Samsung add another household name to East Coast Appliance’s robust inventory, which already includes brand names such as General Electric, Frigidaire, LG, Bosch, Jenn-Air and more.

The new Samsung appliances at East Coast Appliance include:

  • Refrigerators – Samsung’s line of refrigerators, many of which meet ENERGY STAR requirements, come with numerous features including a system that separates humid and dry airflows to keep refrigerated food fresher while preventing freezer burn, rapid cooling, and enhanced storage capacity. These refrigerators also come in a variety of sizes and styles to complement any kitchen design.
  • Samsung washers – Many of Samsung’s washers are ENERGY STAR qualified and are loaded with features that add speed, provide convenience and deliver cleaner wash loads. Samsung’s washers are built with powerful jets that shorten the wash cycle while removing dirt, grime, grass stains and more. Added convenience arrives with the Touch Screen LCD washer that comes with a smart phone app that allows remote control of the washer from almost anywhere.
  • Samsung Dryers – Like their washers, Samsung also offers a dryer with a Touch Screen LCD that allows remote monitoring and control. Dryers come with up to 14 different dry cycle options so that loads get done in the most efficient manner possible.
  • Samsung ranges – East Coast Appliance has added Samsung’s freestanding gas ranges as well as smooth-top electric ranges. Both offer convection cooking, options offering flexibility on the cooktop, and convenient self-cleaning features.

East Coast Appliance was founded in 1988 and now operates in 5 locations in Virginia, making it the largest dealer of appliances and electronics in the state. “We are very excited to add Samsung to our extensive line of brand name appliances.” said Rob Nicholson, president and owner of East Coast Appliance & Electronics. He added, “As always, these new products will be offered at our everyday low prices and backed by our great customer service team.”

East Coast Appliance & Electronics has retail locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Newport News, Virginia. The company also operates a Builders Direct store and a Service and Parts store in Virginia Beach.

As the largest appliance and electronics dealer in the state of Virginia, East Coast Appliance & Electronics offers all the major brands across all categories of appliances and electronics. For more information, visit

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East Coast Appliance Announces the Arrival of the New Frigidaire Top Load HE Laundry

East Coast Appliance is pleased to announce the arrival of the new Frigidaire top load HE Laundry appliances. Packed with features that deliver cleaner wash loads, extra convenience, and big energy savings, the Frigidaire High Efficiency washers arrive as a solid choice for households of all sizes. With the Top Load High Efficiency washers, Frigidaire continues to build its reputation for consistently adding innovations, upgrades, and features each time they introduce new generation of appliances.

The most recent features added to Frigidaire’s High Efficiency washers include:

  • Immersion Care – For delicates and items requiring a gentler wash cycle, Immersion Care technology eases water and detergent through clothes and offers a gentle spin cycle for a complete clean that protects the wash load.
  • WaterFall Wash Technology – This feature works in concert with Immersion Care technology to soak and distribute detergent evenly through the wash basin to ensure cleaner wash loads.
  • The Fits-More wash basin – The expanded wash basin allows for bigger wash loads to get laundry done faster.
  • Vibration controls – The new Frigidaire top load laundry appliances are equipped with vibration sensors to prevent wash loads from becoming unbalanced to provide a quiet wash cycle every time. Additionally, the SilentDesign feature runs every wash cycle on these washers with a 20% noise reduction from normal levels.
  • ENRGY STAR certification – Many of the Frigidaire High Efficiency washers are ENRGY STAR certified, with average energy savings of 33% compared to non-certified washers.

East Coast Appliance got its start in 1988 and has grown to become the largest dealer of appliances and electronics in the state of Virginia by offering highly competitive prices and legendary service to its customers. On the arrival of the new Frigidaire washing machines Rob Nicholson, president and owner of East Coast Appliance & Electronics said, “The Frigidaire line is an important part of our product mix and the new high efficiency washers are a great addition for East Coast Appliance and our customers.”

East Coast Appliance & Electronics has five locations in the state of Virginia, with 3 in Virginia Beach and one each in Chesapeake, and Newport News.

As the largest appliance and electronics dealer in the state of Virginia, East Coast Appliance & Electronics offers all the household names and major brands across all categories of appliances and electronics at every day low prices. For more information, visit

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Convenience, Energy and Time Savings with Whirlpool Duet Washers and Dryers

Whirlpool Duet Washers and Dryers are built with so many features that the only thing missing may be a technology that moves wash loads from the washer to the dryer. Even there, the Duet Washer is engineered with a new feature called “Dynamic Venting Technology”, which runs fans and tumbles clothes for up to 12 hours once the wash cycle is completed. While it doesn’t automatically put the wash load in the dryer, this technology can dry a small wash load without ever moving it to the dryer.

Additional features of the Duet Washer include:

Precision Dispense Ultra – One of the new features of Whirlpool Duet Washers, this technology assesses the size of the load being washed and allocates the appropriate amounts of detergent, bleach, softeners, etc. On average, this feature saves 10% on wash-related additives while reducing wear on fabrics by not over-using cleaning solutions. Depending on average wash load sizes, the dispenser can hold enough detergent for 12 to 36 wash cycles.
NSF certification for removing allergens and bacteria – Duet Washers are certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) for running at temperatures that eliminate allergens and bacteria for the cleanest wash loads possible.
Eco Boost – Eco Boost technology regulates water temperatures to optimize washing efficiency while saving energy.

Whirlpool Duet Dryers have their share of features that deliver convenience and savings as well.
These features include:

Advanced Moisture Sensing – This new technology tracks the temperature and dampness/dryness of the load in the dryer and stops the cycle when the desired level of dryness is achieved, saving drying time and energy.
Wrinkle Shield – After the completion of the dry cycle, the Wrinkle Shield feature continues to steam and tumble the load in the dryer for over an hour and a half to keep the load from getting wrinkled, eliminating the need for ironing.
Eco Boost – This feature combines higher spin speeds and lower temperatures when appropriate to dry loads more efficiently.

Constant innovation at Whirlpool results in products that are consistently in the top of their class. The new Whirlpool Duet Washers and Dryers follow in that tradition with never before seen conveniences and savings in energy usage, time and money. For more information, visit:

Laundry Made Easy with LG Front Load Washers and Dryers

Washing and drying clothes aren’t exactly at the top of anybody’s list of fun things to do, but LG front load washers and dryers make doing the laundry fast and easy with features that save time, save energy, and virtually eliminate extra laundry-related work such as ironing. In addition to savings and convenience, LG front load washers and dryers get laundry clean as gently as possible so that fabrics hold their colors and look better over time.

Features of the LG Front Load Washers include:

Cold cycle cleaning with warm water results – LG’s innovative “ColdWash” feature uses advanced washing motions that promote deep cleaning while using cold water. The result is a wash that gets cleaned as if it was done in warm water with the energy savings of a cold water wash.
The Allergiene Cycle – This new technology steams the wash load to remove allergens such as pollens, dust mites, pet dander, etc.
SpeedWash – LG’s SpeedWash option takes a small wash load and gets it sparkling clean in about 15 minutes.
Expanded wash basins – Many of the LG Front Load Washers are built with wash basins in excess of 4 cubic feet. That means bigger and fewer wash loads.
ENERGY STAR qualification – Washers that meet ENERGY STAR qualifications typically save around 25% of energy costs versus non-rated washers.

LG Front Load Dryers include the following features:

TrueSteam technology – LG has added a feature that steams loads once the drying cycle is completed to eliminate wrinkles and the need for ironing.
The SpotClean Cycle – The SpotClean Cycle uses steam to remove small stains or spots without the need for running a wash cycle.
The SteamSanitary Cycle – This cycle makes sanitizing tough to clean items a breeze by using steam technology to remove dirt, dust, allergens, etc.
A massive 9 cubic foot drying basin – This equals less drying loads and more time for other things.
ENERGY STAR qualification – LG’s front load dryers meet ENERGY STAR qualifications and, on average, can save 25% on energy costs when compared to non-rated dryers.

For more information on how LG front load washers and dryers can add convenience while saving time on your laundry loads, visit:

The Thing that Makes Samsung Dealers So Happy

Stores that can consistently offer appliances and electronics that deliver value, quality and high performance at everyday low prices are constantly busy with repeat and new customers who arrive knowing that they are going to find exactly what they want. This is why Samsung Dealers and their customers are so happy; and why not, with appliances and electronics that are loaded with next generation features that can turn televisions and refrigerators into communication hubs and allow wash and dry loads to be monitored and controlled via smart phone.

Here are just a few of the Samsung products that are making Samsung dealers and their customers very happy:

Samsung Plasma TVs – Samsung Plasma TVs have built their reputation on their lifelike high definition pictures and have now added interactive features that both enhance user experience and facilitate various other services such as web browsing, numerous app options, games, calendar/scheduling, etc. Samsung Plasma TVs can also be reconfigured and updated with new technologies as they are introduced in the next generation of upgrades. These televisions are also ENERGY STAR rated with energy savings that exceed requirements by approximately 26%.
Samsung refrigerators with LED screensSamsung’s web-connected refrigerators are engineered with a variety of apps that can suggest recipes, provide weather updates, stream music via Pandora, run a Twitter feed, and keep the family connected with scheduling, calendars, and notes. The refrigerators are also ENERGY STAR rated.
Samsung’s washers with LCD screens and remote capability – New technology in Samsung’s front load washer’s can shorten wash cycles by 15 minutes on average. These washers have also been engineered to be monitored and operated via an app on a smart phone so that owners don’t need to be home to check on or control their wash loads.
Samsung dryers with LCD screens and remote capabilitySamsung dryers feature moisture-sensing technology that assesses when items are dry and then shuts off the drying cycle. This reduces wear and tear on items in the dryer and less drying time saves energy as well. These dryers can be operated via the same type of smart phone app that enables remote control of the above-mentioned washers.

These new products are making both Samsung dealers and their customers very happy. For more information on the next generation of Samsung products, visit:

Whirlpool Top Load Washers that are Gentle on Clothes and the Environment

The new line of Whirlpool top load washers are designed to be gentle on clothes and the environment while delivering wash loads that are cleaner than ever. Built with a new suite of upgrades and intelligent technological innovations, these washers have been engineered to offer the highest levels of convenience as well as savings of time, energy and money. While these benefits are being realized, the new Whirlpool top load washers, known as the Cabrio line, also run a gentle yet extremely efficient wash cycle.

Powered by “6th Sense” technology, savings start before the wash load is started with “Precision Dispense”, which measures the size of the wash load and then determines the best levels for water, detergent, softeners, and other washing additives. In addition to using less water, this feature also ensures that wash items are not exposed to higher levels of detergent, bleach, etc. than is necessary. To provide the cleanest wash possible, washing begins with a jet spray of water and detergent that penetrates stains early in the cycle to ensure their removal.

Additional savings are realized with Whirlpool’s H2Low system, which maximizes cleaning with lower water usage than competing washers.

The Eco Boost feature maintains water temperatures throughout the wash cycle, which saves energy and keeps wash items from being exposed to excessive water temperatures.

To remove bacteria and allergens such as bacteria, dust, pollen, etc., Whirlpool top load washers are certified by the Nation Sanitation Foundation (NSF). The certification from the NSF recognizes the fact that Whirlpool wash loads are run at hot enough temperatures for time frames that are just long enough to remove allergens, resulting wash items that are far cleaner than those done non-NSF certified washing machines.

To run Whirlpool top load washers at the quietest level possible, a suspension system has been incorporated into these machines that decreases noise from vibration, even with loads where balancing is an issue.

To maximize savings in the laundry room, these washers can be combined with Whirlpool’s Cabrio line of high efficiency dryers. According to estimates, this pairing can save thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the machines. For more information on Whirlpool top load washers, visit: