Posted in Energy Star, Laundry Room Organization

Cleaning up in the New Year in Less Time!

Came across a new item in washing machines that sounds pretty innovative and time saving. Check it out:

Good Housekeeping honors new GE Profile™ washer with prestigious award

LOUISVILLE, KY — January 4, 2010 — (NYSE:GE) — Consumer evaluations and laboratory testing prove the “Overnight Ready” cycle on the GE Profile™ frontload washer with Steam and SmartDispense™ technology an overnight success for busy households.

It is the late-night dilemma of many busy Americans — keeping their eyes open another hour or so to wash and dry clothes they just realized they needed the next morning. GE has an answer that’s much better than staying awake through another late-night talk show: the GE Profile™ frontload washer with Steam technology that cleans clothes and gets them ready to wear by morning — right out of the washer.

GE Profile frontload washer and dryer with Steam and SmartDispense technology

The GE Profile™ frontload washer with Steam and SmartDispense™ technology (shown here with matching dryer) cleans clothes and gets them ready to wear by morning — right out of the washer.

“Good Housekeeping is proud to honor GE Profile’s frontload Steam washer with Overnight Ready Cycle with a 2011 Very Innovative Products (VIP) Award. This represents an outstanding achievement, as the winners of our VIP Awards are chosen from thousands of products,” says Miriam Arond, director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, “Our VIP Award winners are products that are ingenious breakthroughs and solve everyday problems in new and exciting ways. The fact that GE’s product performed so well is extremely impressive.”

The washer’s innovative “Overnight Ready” cycle washes clothes, then removes so much moisture that clothes are comfortable to wear without transferring to the dryer.1 It’s the first unit in the industry2 with the ability to wash small loads3 on an overnight cycle. The cycle even helps prevent clothes from wrinkling compared to clothes that are left sitting in the washer overnight. The “Overnight Ready” cycle keeps clothes moving gently up to eight hours to remove moisture content. Two easy-to-clean filters trap lint for excellent results.

“Having both that fresh-from-the-laundry feeling and a couple more hours of sleep is a huge bonus for today’s busy lifestyles. Now you don’t have to sacrifice your sleep to get the laundry done,” said Jennifer Schoenegge, product manager, Clothes Care. “Whether it’s the kids’ soccer uniforms, a pair of jeans for casual Friday, or a few dress shirts, the GE Profile frontload steam washer finishes the laundry while you sleep.”

Providing further convenience through innovation, when the GE Profile frontload washer with Steam and Overnight Ready is paired with the optional pedestal (sold separately), the owner can activate SmartDispense™ technology, which stores up to six months of detergent and automatically dispenses detergent and fabric softener based on each load’s size, soil level, water hardness and fabric or cycle type. Never worry again about laundry’s myriad variables and virtually eliminate messy detergent bottles from the laundry room.

Now through March 13, 2011, GE is offering, as part of their “Save Green” national promotion through authorized GE resellers, up to $100 in savings with the purchase of a GE Profile frontload steam washer and dryer with steam. Go to GEAppliances.com to locate an authorized GE Appliance reseller in your area.

The GE Profile™ frontload washer and dryer with Steam and SmartDispense™ technology is white (PFWS4600LWW, PFDS450ELWW, EST: $1,399* each). Additional frontload models include the GE Profile™ frontload washer and dryer with Steam and SmartDispense™ technology in champagne (FW4605LMG, PFDS455ELMG, EST: $1,499* each). Optional SmartDispense™ pedestals in white (SPBD880JWW, EST: $499*) and in champagne (SPBD880JMG, EST: $599*). *Retsellers determine their own resale price.

Citations:
1. 2.5 lbs. AHAM spec allows drying of one pair of jeans, three cotton dress shirts, two soccer uniforms, three sets of crib sheets, one dress shirt, one pair of khakis, and two sets of scrubs.
2. Established through review of leading competitors’ product specifications available to the public in March 2010.
3. 2.5 lbs. AHAM spec allows drying of one pair of jeans, three cotton dress shirts, two soccer uniforms, three sets of crib sheets, one dress shirt, one pair of khakis, and two sets of scrubs.
* Resellers determine resale price.

 

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Posted in Energy Star, Noteworthy Links

Latest in Stimulus: ‘Cash for Refrigerators’

Over at Business Week, Mathew Boyle’s article discusses the latest stimulus package to boost sluggish sales in home appliances. You can read the article over there by clicking the link here.

Highlights:

  • A $300 million cash-for-clunkers-type federal program to boost sales of energy-efficient home appliances
  • When: late this fall 2009.
  • The program authorizes rebates of $50 to $200 for purchases of high-efficiency household appliances.
  • Only appliances covered by the Energy Star seal will qualify.
  • There is no trade in value for old appliances.

Will a $50 to $200 rebate be enough of an incentive for cash strapped consumers to buy new appliances? Perhaps but it is not enough to stimulate a stagnant remodeling industry. Appliance manufacturers have always offered rebates and discounts to consumers without stirring up sales based on a rebate alone. People buy based on features and looks. The rebate is a bonus, but it does not drive the sale. $300 million dollar program for appliances? What would really sweeten the deal for consumers? Why not take advantage of the tax credits offered for installing energy efficient products? There are tax credits available for some home improvement projects. For more information on products that qualify for a tax credit see the link below.
Stimulus Products

$1,500 Tax Credit? Not So Small A Credit.

Posted in Consumer Reports, DoE LG Report, Energy Star, Manufacturer Recalls, Noteworthy Links

Take a Trip to KitchAnn Style

Today I just posted an article on manufacturer responsibility and buyer awareness with respect to selecting environmentally responsible products. Speaking of manufacturer responsibility, Ann Porter, of KitchAnn Style, has posted a commentary, LG Caught Under reporting Energy Consumption. The article reveals in September LG’s French Door fridges were tested and showed an energy usage 100% higher than the energy use promised on the fridge’s DOE Yellow Card.

The “DOE believes that the actions LG plans to take will benefit consumers and help ensure that the Nation’s energy conservation goals are met,” Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy John Mizroch said. “It is critical that we work together with our industry partners to maintain the integrity of the ENERGY STAR® brand to make sure that consumers are able to make the most efficient purchasing decision – we appreciate LG’s cooperation in settling this issue.”

Without government regulation and independent verification, it is impossible to compare products and make informed decisions. LG voluntarily suspended these products from the ENERGY STAR® program. DOE’s ENERGY STAR® criteria for refrigerator-freezers require all qualified refrigerator-freezers to use at least 20 percent less energy than the Federal government energy consumption standard.

The related links to DOE’s official report, consumer hotline and links to LG’s website are all there at KitchAnnStyle. Very well done posting. Thank you Ann Porter.

Posted in Consumer Reports, DoE LG Report, Energy Star, Manufacturer Recalls, Noteworthy Links

Take a Trip to KitchAnn Style

Today I just posted an article on manufacturer responsibility and buyer awareness with respect to selecting environmentally responsible products. Speaking of manufacturer responsibility, Ann Porter, of KitchAnn Style, has posted a commentary, LG Caught Under reporting Energy Consumption. The article reveals in September LG’s French Door fridges were tested and showed an energy usage 100% higher than the energy use promised on the fridge’s DOE Yellow Card.

The “DOE believes that the actions LG plans to take will benefit consumers and help ensure that the Nation’s energy conservation goals are met,” Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy John Mizroch said. “It is critical that we work together with our industry partners to maintain the integrity of the ENERGY STAR® brand to make sure that consumers are able to make the most efficient purchasing decision – we appreciate LG’s cooperation in settling this issue.”

Without government regulation and independent verification, it is impossible to compare products and make informed decisions. LG voluntarily suspended these products from the ENERGY STAR® program. DOE’s ENERGY STAR® criteria for refrigerator-freezers require all qualified refrigerator-freezers to use at least 20 percent less energy than the Federal government energy consumption standard.

The related links to DOE’s official report, consumer hotline and links to LG’s website are all there at KitchAnnStyle. Very well done posting. Thank you Ann Porter.

Posted in Counter tops, Energy Star, Green Design, Hot Topics, Return on Investment, Sustainable Design, Who Knew, Windows

It is easier finding green building materials, wish the same was true for cheap gas.

It used to be finding earth-friendly, energy efficient products was harder to source out. Now, there is a buffet of green options before us. The options are within our reach; energy efficient; recycled content; fsc certified wood products are easier to find and closer to home. See the latest articles and products shown in ECOHOME.
While we have freedom of choice to order the best, most energy efficient and eco-friendly products. The disparity of choice has never hit us harder than it has with the cost of gas.
As I waited at the freeway off-ramp to get home tonight, several thoughts came to mind. The insane price of gas at close to $4.50 per gallon makes me extremely grateful that I live less than five miles away from work. Others don’t have it so easy. Commuting to Los Angeles and the surrounding cities in grid-lock traffic is a way of life for many. 50 to 60 mile round trips are common travel distances for Southern California suburbanites. People I talk to everyday are telling me they are rethinking how they are getting around. The wait lists for carpools is increasing. Others have to rethink sales trips to the city. My vendors are faxing notices that they are forced to add fuel surcharges to our orders to offset the cost of delivery.

All around me, I am witnessing people adapting. Water rationing is another thing we need to be aware of here in California as we face news of an impending drought. As I sat there idling at the jammed offramp I noticed a rider on a new motorcycle in the lane next to me. I quickly took note of the new bike and the fact that the rider was a women. I wondered, did she trade in her SUV for the motorbike? Would she have purchased that bike if it wasn’t for the crazy cost of gasoline?

We live one city away from the agricultural farm lands and another unusual trend is coming about. There is a long stretch of farm land from Camarillo to Ventura where the strawberry, lettuce, avocado and orange crops are grown. Commuters are trading in the gas hogs and the farm laborers are buying these these newer and bigger SUV’s and trucks because the prices of these vehicles are becoming more affordable.
So what does this mean to us? Adapting to the changing times is a way of life. The choice to go green will be the new desired trend. Remember when real estate ads read “gourmet kitchens with all new stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops” were all the rage?

I predict in five years from now, it will be the norm to see real estate ads describe homes for sale as “green built, energy efficient homes”. Energy robbing appliances, single pane windows, non-low VOC paints and particle board cabinets will drive the cost of homes down, while installing the more expensive energy efficient building materials will bring a higher return on investment.

Now, you are probably wondering about the symbols above. Maybe you have seen some before. Do you want to know what they mean:
Here you go, read on. Next time you come across one of these symbols, you will know what they mean.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
Green Seal works with manufacturers, industry sectors, purchasing groups, and governments at all levels to “green” the production and purchasing chain.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that certifies sustainable businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods. USGBC is dedicated to expanding green building practices and education, and its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™.

The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.

For businesspeople focused on evaluating, selecting and manufacturing environmentally preferable wood and paper products, Metafore is a source of tools, information and innovative thinking.