Centex Energy Advantage Homes Use ENERGY STAR(R) Qualified Appliances from Whirlpool...

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Centex Energy Advantage Homes Use ENERGY STAR(R) Qualified Appliances from
Whirlpool Corporation

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation has been
selected as a Centex Sustainability Partner by Centex Corporation, one of the
largest U.S. homebuilders. Accordingly, Centex will install ENERGY STAR(R)
qualified Whirlpool(R) and KitchenAid(R) refrigerators, dishwashers and
laundry appliances as standard in Centex Energy Advantage homes nationwide. In
addition to helping homeowners save more energy, the agreement includes
sustainable appliance choices that use steam technology.

According to a survey commissioned by Whirlpool Corporation and conducted by
Harris Interactive, 72 percent of consumers actively look for the ENERGY
STAR(R) label when making purchasing decisions.*

"As energy costs rise, Centex homebuyers can feel comfortable knowing their
homes are incredibly energy-efficient, as they include some of the most
energy-efficient appliances available," said Kelly Safis, national director of
contract sales at Whirlpool Corporation. "The ENERGY STAR label is further
reassurance that energy savings will be possible for the lifetime of their
appliances."

New Centex Energy Advantage homes include a suite of energy-efficient features
installed as standard nationwide. According to a study commissioned with the
NAHB Research Center, these homes are up to 22 percent more efficient than
comparable new homes built to the most widely used energy efficiency code, the
2006 International Energy Conservation Code. When compared to a typical
10-year-old home, as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy's Building
America Program, the Centex Energy Advantage homes in the study were shown to
be up to 40 percent more energy efficient.**

Centex Energy Advantage homes avoid the emission of 1.78 metric tons of carbon
dioxide (CO2) per year, on average, compared to a typical new home, according
to the NAHB Research Center. That's roughly the same as the greenhouse gas
emissions from the family automobile over four months or the CO2 emissions
from about 183 gallons of gasoline consumed.***

"Appliances from Whirlpool and KitchenAid brands can play a major role in
helping to lower utility costs and save energy," said Scott Richter, executive
vice president of operations support at Centex. "Combined with an entire suite
of other building products and features, these homes are designed to give
homeowners more control of their home's operating costs long after moving in."

New appliance offerings with steam technology available for Centex Energy
Advantage homes include:
    --  Whirlpool(R) Duet(R) Steam Washer and Dryer allow homeowners to
        naturally steam out wrinkles and odors in the dryer, and tough stains,
        from grass to grease, without pre-treating in the washer. The ENERGY
        STAR qualified washer saves up to 73 percent water and 77 percent
energy
        compared to conventional washers manufactured before 2004.
    --  KitchenAid and Whirlpool brand dishwashers offer models with a steam
        option to provide the same great cleaning power, while using less
water.
        The steam option enhances an existing wash cycle, such as the china
        cycle, to produce brilliant results. These dishwashers are also ENERGY
        STAR qualified.
    --  To ease oven cleaning, select Whirlpool brand electric ranges are
        equipped with a SteamClean option for cleaning light spills on the
oven
        floor. These ranges also have an industry-first Energy Save mode. The
        feature conserves electricity when the oven is not in use, making
these
        models 290 percent more efficient than previous Whirlpool brand
ranges.
        Similar to a computer "sleep" mode, Energy Save mode dims
        extra features, such as the digital clock or control display.



Whirlpool Corporation is the global industry leader in developing
high-performance appliances that help conserve the earth's resources and allow
homeowners to use energy and water more efficiently. It leads the industry in
bringing an "across-the-board" focus to energy and water conservation, from
product design to manufacturing, delivery and end of the product life cycle.

Whirlpool Corporation recently received the 2009 ENERGY STAR Sustained
Excellence award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The award recognizes the company's leadership
in offering consumers appliances with energy and water efficiency through its
portfolio of brands. This is the company's tenth ENERGY STAR award and fourth
consecutive Sustained Excellence win.


About Centex
Dallas-based Centex Corporation, founded in 1950, is one of the nation's
leading home building companies. Its homes are marketed and sold under the
trade names Centex Homes, Fox & Jacobs Homes and CityHomes. Centex also offers
mortgage and title services. Centex has ranked among the top three builders on
FORTUNE magazine's list of "America's Most Admired Companies" for 10 straight
years and is a leader in quality and customer satisfaction.

About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation works to exceed expectations with appliances that help
building professionals create homes of distinction. The company's The Inside
Advantage(TM) Program offers Powerful Brands, Innovative Products, Targeted
Services and Consumer Insight to support building professionals.

Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of
major home appliances, with annual sales of more than $19 billion, 70,000
employees and 69 manufacturing and technology research centers around the
world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana,
Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly
every country around the world. For more information on Whirlpool Corporation
and its offerings for building professionals, please visit insideadvantage.com
or call 1-800-253-3977.

*In December 2008, a total of 2,042 consumers were surveyed online over a
three-day period from across all demographics showing that appliance choice
and habits vary across ages, sexes and even marital status.

** This study evaluated the energy efficiency gains attributable to the Centex
Energy Advantage features in a variety of single-family floor plans typical of
the Centex product line in the various climate zones where the Company
currently operates. Not all floor plans, building materials or construction
techniques were evaluated in the study. Efficiency gains will vary for other
plan types, building materials, construction techniques and change of climate
zone.

*** Calculations are based on NAHB Research Center's estimated efficiency of
1.78 metric tons of CO2 per home equipped with Centex Energy Advantage
features, as determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
"Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator" (see www.epa.gov).

SOURCE  Whirlpool Corporation

Whitney Dean for Whirlpool Corporation, +1-317-873-8100,
whitney@millerbrooks.com
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