With summer fast approaching and California’s water levels at near-record lows, water conservation is at the forefront of many El Dorado County residents’ minds.
“The cost of water is expensive in El Dorado County and, unfortunately, seems likely to go up,” said Malcolm Dean, owner of Sears Hometown Stores of Placerville and Cameron Park. “Water conservation is important. We don’t know how much longer the drought is going to go on but, thankfully, with today’s technology, you don’t actually need a lot of water to be effective in everyday life.”
Malcolm and his wife Heather own the Sears Hometown Stores in Placerville and Cameron Park. Alongside the stores’ appliances, lawn and garden, tools and numerous other products, Sears offers top-of-the-line water-saving appliances, including high-efficiency washing machines and dishwashers that use up to five times less water than traditional machines. The machines are also more energy-efficient and use less soap, and the washing machines are easier on your clothes, too.
“I’ve had a number of customers tell me that their new high-efficiency washing machines have paid for themselves in a single year by their water savings alone,” said Malcolm. “The machines spin your clothes faster and often reduce drying times, thus reducing your electricity bill. If you use well water and have a septic tank, high-efficiency washing machines can help protect your septic system, too. The benefits of the high-efficiency machines are really too numerous to name.”
High efficiency washing machines come in both top-load and front-load styles. The style you choose really depends on individual preferences and needs.
“Some people can’t reach deep into top-load washing machines. My personal preference is the front-load style, but both can be very effective,” said Malcolm.
In addition to the larger water-saving machines, small appliances such as low-flow showerheads, kitchen and bathroom aerators and toilet-fill valves can make a difference in your monthly water bill. The staff at the Placerville and Cameron Park Sears Hometown Stores can help homeowners find almost any appliance available on the Sears’ website, and the store offers many big name brands — Kenmore, Samsung, LG, Maytag, Whirlpool and more.
“We pride ourselves on finding the best products with the best fit for our customers,” said Malcolm. “We don’t want customers to overspend for things they don’t need or to not get what they need. One of my favorite things about this job is being able to serve people and guide them to products that are even better than what they expected.”
For more information on what Sears has to offer you, please call the Cameron Park location at (530) 677-9920 or the Placerville store at (530) 622-6620. Store hours vary by location.