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Habitat neighborhood gets energy efficient

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SNOQUALMIE - If anyone knows how to save or stretch a buck, it has to be Habitat for Humanity.

The nonprofit housing group has built thousands of homes all over the globe with the least amount of money possible. The entire operation is fueled by volunteered labor and resources and like any good nonprofit service, it knows how valuable human capital is.

"Habitat doesn't build homes," said Habitat for Humanity of East King County Manager of Resource Development Jean Ann French. "The communities build homes."

With this thrifty and enterprising spirit in mind, Habitat for Humanity teamed with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and Puget Sound Energy to install energy-efficient appliances in its homes. The appliances, which all have an Energy Star designation, save energy and money when compared to their counterparts.

Whirlpool, which has donated appliances to Habitat in the past, gave four Energy Star washers, dishwashers and refrigerators, along with four regular clothes dryers and ranges to homes finished up during Habitat's "Building On Faith Week" earlier this year.

"It gives our employees a lot of pride to come here," said Ed Linder, North Pacific Division Director for the Whirlpool Corporation.

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