In Colorado, we never know what kind of weather we’ll get in March. One day it’s 75 degrees and sunny, the next day it’s snowing 10 inches. Our crazy weather makes gardening plans a little Continue reading
Did you purchase a new ENERGY STAR qualified washer or dishwasher this year? Depending on where you live, you could still qualify for a rebate from your municipality–even if it’s already been in your home for a few months.
Some municipalities offer up to $100 or more towards the purchase of a new energy-efficient washing machine or dishwasher.
Here are a few tips to help you find out if you qualify for a water rebate, and what you can do to ensure you receive your money:
- The sooner, the better. Sometimes there aren’t enough water rebates for everyone. The sooner you send in your application, the better chance you have at getting money back.
- Keep that receipt handy! If you’ve lost your receipt and you bought your unit at an Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses store, ask one of our managers print another one for you.
- Double check your appliance’s make and model number with your municipality’s list of qualifying units.
- If you live in an apartment or condo, you can still qualify for a rebate. Check with your management company for your water account number.
Below is a sampling of the cities in Colorado with rebate programs:
- Boulder - Water rebates for qualifying models bought any time in 2012, on a first-come first-serve basis.
- Colorado Springs - Qualifying models purchased between Jan. 1 thru Nov. 30, application must be postmarked by Dec. 31.
- Denver – Water rebates are available within 90 days of a qualifying purchase.
- Fort Collins - Any ENERGY STAR qualified high-efficiency clothes washer or ENERGY STAR qualified dishwasher purchased in 2012 with a receipt qualifies for a rebate. Fort Collins also offers zero-percent interest loans on certain energy-efficient home improvements.
- Greeley - Rebate application must be submitted within 90 days of purchase, and applies only to 2012 purchases.
- Longmont - From 90 days of purchase.
In honor of our 25th anniversary, Appliance Factory Outlet is on the hunt for a NEW mascot! Could your lovable dog or furry kitten be our new poster child? We love our animals at Appliance Factory and encourage you to show the world you love yours! Submit a photo of your pet to our Facebook contest applications page and share with friends and family to encourage voting. The pet with the most amount of votes will be picked to star in our advertising and marketing campaigns for a whole year. Don’t think we forgot about the owner, though. If your pet wins, you’ll get a $150 gift card to go towards a minimum purchase of $599, a Serta Medium-sized Woogie Pet Bed and an entire gift package of ecofriendly ktichen cleaners by Eco-Sential.
First Place Prizes:
- Your Pet featured in our advertising and marketing throughout the year!
- $150 gift card to go towards a minimum purchase of $599
- A Medium-size Serta Woogie Pet Bed
- An EcoSential Kitchen Cleaning Care package which includes stainless steel cleaner, smooth cooktop cleaner, all-over surface cleaner, cloths and cleaning pads
- Your Pet will be famous in Colorado!
Best Energy Efficient Top-Load Laundry
We picked the GE GRWN5150MWS due to its PreciseFill Option, where the water levels are automatically selected. It’s CEE Tier III, meaning it’s the highest Energy Star qualification. This model uses 4.5 gallons of water per cubic foot of washing volume, and costs about $17 a year in electricity to operate. It uses about twice as much water than the front-loading Frigidaire model and while top-loaders have a ways to go in energy efficiency, this one does top the charts.
If this one isn’t quite your style, we have other various High Efficiency washers on sale this week at Appliance Factory Outlet– from 4/24 to 4/30 you can get a free dryer with purchase of select washers. See your local store for details.
Here’s part two in our series about energy efficient appliances. The video features three different dishwashers, and below is a review of the Bosch Ascenta dishwasher.
Best Energy Efficient Dishwashers
The Bosch Ascenta SHX5AL05UC is one of our favorite dishwashers, and with good reason. Bosch is heralded for making energy efficiency work with style, offering hidden controls and stainless steel. The interior is also stainless steel, which traps in heat and sanitizes the dishes without extra energy. The dishwasher also comes with an optimum wash sensor which automatically adjusts water levels to how dirty your dishes are.
The dishwasher doesn’t have a heated dry feature, but uses SaniDry technology that dries dishes through condensation. On top of that, the heating element at the bottom of the dishwasher is hidden—most dishwashers leave that heating element exposed, leaving fragile plastic cups and dishes to get mangled if one were to fall out of dishrack and to it’s doom.
The SHX5AL05UC is also affordable. It costs only $31 a year in electricity and uses 2.38 gallons of water per wash cycle, making it Tier 2 CEE qualified. We offer this dishwasher for just $699 at Appliance Factory Outlet, and you can also get a $100 Denver Water rebate if you live in Denver County.
Here’s our line-up for energy efficient appliances! Just in time for Earth Day, we gathered what we thought were the best bang for your buck to help you save some green in more ways than one. We’ll be posting our top picks for energy efficient appliances over the next few days. Today’s feature is front-load laundry.
Best Energy Efficient Front-Load Laundry: Frigidaire
The Frigidaire Affinity FAFS4474 steam washer was rated one of the most energy-efficient front-loading washer by the CEE for 2010, which accounts for water usage, heating and projected drying time after the wash cycle. It uses only 2.9 gallons of water per cubic foot of washing volume and about 104 kWh of energy per year, meaning the overall annual electricity bill for this machine would run you about $12 a year.
It features IEC 4.4 cu ft of space with advanced anti-vibration control, making it ideal for second-story laundry rooms, as well.
Appliance Factory Outlet is offering this washer for over 50% this week which includes the $100 Denver Water rebate. This is our most popular washing machine so hurry in, supplies are limited! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s review for top-load laundry.
Let me guess. You’re the environmentally friendly type. You re-use your plastic baggies, recycle everything right down to your junk mail, and maybe you even compost your food. You bike to work at least once a week. Am I right?
You’ve tried everything to reduce your carbon footprint by conserving energy and thinking more consciously about the planet. You might even drive a Prius… but do you sleep planet friendly, too?
Mattresses are among the largest products made for consumers, along with appliances like refrigerators and clothes washers. Like all consumer products, they may travel far before getting to its final destination in your home. On top of that, the materials in the mattress such as steel inner coilsprings, wood boxsprings, memory foams and even the mattress covers can take a LOT of harmful processes to complete.
Serta Mattresses partnered with HGTV in order to find a solution to this problem. The HGTV Green Home Mattress Collection by Serta features mattresses that are made with 95% recycled steel inner coil springs, and their memory foam options are made with soy in a process that greatly reduces carbon output. The mattress covers are made with 100% Organic cotton and linen so there are no harmful carcinogens or toxins on the mattress, and the boxspring itself is even made with sustainable lumber.
The best part is that Serta makes these mattresses right here in Denver, so the mattress won’t have to travel hundreds of miles to get to your home when you’re in need of replacing your mattress. The HGTV Green Home Collection strives to be sustainable to ensure that consumers who are concerned with the fate of the planet can reduce their carbon footprint in every way possible—including while they sleep. How big is your carbon footprint? Calculate it here, and let us know
Appliance manufacturer Electrolux has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as Energy Star Partner of the Year due to their efforts at increasing their Energy Star qualified product line and educating consumers about the Energy Star program.
Here is a quote from the article:
“As a proud ENERGY STAR partner, Electrolux is committed to bringing consumers energy-efficient appliances with uncompromising design, functionality and quality,” said Kevin Scott, president of Electrolux Major Appliances, North America. “Energy efficiency and environmental concern are key elements of the Electrolux global commitment to sustainability in our products and in our operations. This recognition is an honor and a testament to our long-standing relationship with the ENERGY STAR program.”
You can read more about it on their website!
This is the first article in a series that we’ll be doing to celebrate the coming of Spring: Spring Cleaning for your Appliances!
Appliances need spring cleaning love, too, and cleaning an appliance thoroughly can extend its lifetime significantly. Spending a small amount of time cleaning the gunk and goo out of your appliance could save you massive amounts of cash in the long run.
This week’s article is about cleaning out your dishwasher. Since most people don’t properly rinse their dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, this appliance can get clogged by food. You’ve seen when old dishwashers don’t clean properly: bits of food stuck to the underside of your dishes and inside your glasses even after the wash cycle is over. It might be that all you have to do is clean it.
The Denver Water rebate is being reduced by 33 percent on March 16 and Appliance Factory Outlet is helping consumers apply for those rebates to save as much as possible on Energy Star certified appliances before the funds dry up.
Currently, Denver County residents can get up to $150 off qualified high-efficiency washing machines. After March 16, that rebate will drop by $50.
Continue reading for info on other Colorado water rebates.
At Appliance Factory Outlet, we love to bring you the best value for your buck. That’s what we do. We also love to bring the most reliability in the market, and that’s why we’ve chosen to highlight Frigidaire’s Affinity Steam laundry pair this week. Frigidaire has been rated as the most reliable brand among appliances year after year, with the lowest amount of service calls of any brand.
About 9 million refrigerators are disposed of each year in the US. Though 90% of used refrigerators are shredded for metal, the remaining foam and materials are stuffed into landfills across the US. During this shredding process large amounts of GHG and other harmful emissions are released.
One appliance manufacturer stands out among the rest in refrigerator recycling- GE.
GE is the first appliance manufacturer to partner with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in their Responsible Appliance Disposal Program. This program provides an agreement between Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (ARCI) and GE. The two companies plan to vastly improve appliance recycling and refrigerator foam recovery in the US by investing in UNTHA Recycling Technology, which recovers about 95% of insulating foam in refrigerators that would normally stuff a landfill.
Did you make a commitment to become more energy efficient for the New Year? It’s almost the end of February now, so hopefully you’re still going strong on those resolutions. If you haven’t done anything yet to save more energy, you may want to start now before it’s too late.
Energy Rebates from Governor’s Energy Office Running Out
10 February 2011
DENVER, CO—The Governor’s Energy Office rebate program for energy efficient purchases is winding down almost a year after its initial launch in April 2010.
The final push of the program is being supported by local retailers such as Appliance Factory Outlet, which has been helping consumers replace existing appliances with ones that are energy efficient. Less than $50,000 is left of the original $3.4 million in rebates, which was part of a federal economic stimulus fund from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The GEO is offering $75 rebates for clothes washers, $50 rebates for dishwashers, and $100 for refrigerators with proof of recycling; without it the rebate is $50.
These rebates can be combined with others, such as the Denver Water rebate, and Appliance Factory Outlet is helping consumers find them to save as much as possible on Energy Star certified appliances before the funds dry up.
As of February 10, about $38,000 of the funds remained available, and any qualified appliance purchased from April 19, 2010 and later can qualify for the rebate.
The company held two live radio events last Saturday with KOSI 101.1 FM, KBCO 97.3, and representatives of the GEO featuring give-aways and helping consumers fill out rebate forms.
In order to get the rebate, consumers can go to Appliance Factory Outlet and fill out all the appropriate forms to send them in. For more information on rebates, contact Appliance Factory Outlet’s corporate office at 303-782-5100.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Energy Rebates from Governor’s Energy Office Running Out
1 February 2011
DENVER, CO—The Governor’s Energy Office, KOSI 101.1 FM and local retailer Appliance Factory Outlet are teaming up on February 5 for the final push of the Recharge Colorado rebate program, which offers rebates for people who replace an existing appliance with one that is energy efficient and Energy Star qualified. Less than one-tenth of the $3.4 million in funds set aside last March for energy rebates are remaining from the GEO.
The live radio event will take place this Saturday, Feb 5, at Appliance Factory Outlet, located at 5880 W. 88th Ave. in Westminster from 2-4 pm. Sales associates will help consumers fill out rebate forms and KOSI 101.1 will give away a GE front loading high-efficiency washing machine and dryer set via a raffle.