Home Hacks

Enjoying your home while preserving nature.

Story by Jeremy Press

Jeremy Press (aka the Appliance Whisperer) of Appliances by Design has agreed to provide home appliance tips and advice to LOCAL Life readers. Got a great home appliance tip? Contact him at [email protected]


The health of our planet is at the forefront of many conversations these days. The topic has stretched throughout the appliance industry as well. Everywhere, appliance companies are trying to become “green” in an effort to poison our planet a little less. Manufacturing on a large scale requires a ton of energy. Sometimes, companies have been known to use wasteful tactics to keep production up in an effort to make numbers. There are a few remarkable exceptions, however.

Liebherr, one of the largest refrigeration manufacturers in the world, has made a tremendous commitment to keeping a green world. They were the first manufacturer to convert their entire appliance manufacturing with the full restriction of hazardous substances. They also produce every one of their refrigerators under full energy star standards, making them an environmentally safer choice.

While Liebherr has focused on large scale manufacturing, the Whirlpool corporation has brought out a very unique way for families to focus on being less wasteful in their own homes, unveiling a unique in-home compost device at the recent Consumer Electronics Show. Everything from shells to peels can be made into soil, resulting in the best flowers and veggies on the block. This reduction of waste truly helps make a difference, one meal at a time.

With the leaders in the appliance industry taking notice on helping the world and nature in general, it shows progress. These are the first steps from one industry to start to help in a problem we all must work together to fix. The nature around us is what has drawn us to the Lowcountry. Thank you to all who have helped and will continue to strive to keep our area as beautiful as it should be.


PRO TIP: Purchase energy efficient appliances

On average, appliances are responsible for roughly 13 percent of your total household energy use. When purchasing an appliance, you should pay attention to two numbers: the initial purchase price and the annual operating cost. Although energy efficient appliances usually have higher purchase prices, their operating costs are 9 to 25 percent lower than conventional models. When purchasing an energy efficient appliance, you should look for appliances with the Energy Star label, which is a federal guarantee that the appliance will consume less energy during use and when on standby than standard non-energy efficient models.


Whirlpool New Zera Food Recycler
This revolutionary kitchen appliance transforms food waste into sustainable homemade fertilizer within 24 hours by using a combination of oxygen, moisture, heat and mixing to expedite the decomposition process. Unlike traditional composting methods, families are able to use the Zera system year-round regardless of the weather and can remotely operate the appliance through the Whirlpool mobile app. Available at Billy Wood Appliance.


Liebherr Fully Integrated Freezer
This 24-inch wide freezer is the perfect combination for any kitchen. Hidden away behind custom cabinetry, it features efficient LED lighting throughout and flexible bottle racks to maximize interior space. The sophisticated, elegant European design fits the need for smaller refrigeration and is perfect for condominium projects, small space homes and galley kitchens. Available at Appliances by Design.