When you think of “smart technology,” you may think of your smartphone, tablet or vehicle, but soon, you may also think of such household appliances as your dishwasher, refrigerator or laundry pair.

Home building professionals nationwide increasingly are working with manufacturers to install smart appliances into new and remodeled homes, in light of new government standards, technology advances and a focus on energy efficiency.

“Smart appliances provide greater convenience, reduce energy consumption and help people live a more sustainable lifestyle,” says Maureen Sertich, North America sustainability lead at Whirlpool Corporation, which manufactures Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air and Amana appliance brands. “These transformative technologies allow consumers to learn about their energy use and connect to their appliances online to actively manage their home’s energy consumption.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 13 percent of the energy used in a typical home can be attributed to just four common appliances — the refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer, and clothes dryer.

www.SmartGrid.gov or www.Whirlpool.com.

Learning more about smart technology for your home can save you money and make your home more planet-friendly in the process.

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