Bosch: Pro-Environment Since the Beginning

Bosch has always been energy efficient, and has been committed to environmental protection and resource conservation for 25 years. Being a German company, their appliances have always been engineered to European standards, something that American consumers may not know. Now, however, Bosch is making it known. They’ve recently introduced their “Green Technology Inside” symbol to help consumers identify the most energy efficient appliances they produce.

Green Technology Inside According to the Bosch website, the logo “symbolises our commitment to developing the most efficient home appliances and producing them according to our strict ecological guidelines.”

 Their newly developed product line has dropped energy usage all across the board, without sacrificing performance. The biggest reduction in energy usage was for their line of Refrigerator-Freezers, which use a whopping 61% less energy than their older versions. Their laundry had a 46% drop in energy usage, and their dishwashers, what Bosch is best known for in the U.S., had a 25% drop.

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New LG Refrigerator Technology Benefits Consumers, Planet

At a recent trade show in Berlin, LG unveiled its new plan for its line of refrigerators: better Linear Compressor technology. It allows refrigerators to free up space inside while making them more energy efficient, a focus that LG has taken seriously this past year.

 
The new LG LBC20514TT

The LG LBC20514TT refrigerator features the new linear compressor technology in the bottom-mounted freezer. Image courtesy LG.

New Refrigerator Technology Saves Energy, Saves Money, Saves Food
The third-generation designed Linear Compressor in LG’s new bottom-freezer units controls the cooling power of the refrigerator, which makes it 45 percent more efficient than the average A- rated refrigerator in Energy Star’s certification program. Energy Star officially gave the technology an A++ rating in Europe.

All around, the refrigerator is more efficient at preserving food, as well. It includes an Opti Temp Zone which optimizes the temperature in the refrigerator depending on the type of food, and their new Vita Light Zone technology provides internal LED lighting which helps food retain vitamins and nutrients in vegetables and fruit. According to LG, their refrigerator-freezers were also designed to preserve meat’s texture and taste when frozen, and maintain the flavor of foods for longer periods of time, which in turn saves you money on grocery bills.

LG Pushes for Green Appliance Development
This is the first of many products that LG is researching and developing in order to reduce their impact on the planet. LG plans to spend $18 billion in the next 10 years on “greening its operations,” as well as reducing their green house gas emissions by 40 percent, practicing electronics recycling (especially for refrigerators) and producing more efficient, ecofriendly appliances.

Shopping Green Saves You Money in More Ways Than One
LG’s new refrigerators now meet and even beat Energy Star certification thanks to the improved technology as well as other various features. The company offers a 10 year warranty on the third-generation linear compressor inside of their refrigerators, and you can find many of the new bottom-mount and French door styles for brand new at Appliance Factory Outlet. LG is also offering a $100 rebate for purchasing one of their new energy efficient refrigerators, so there’s never been a better time to upgrade your appliance.

UPDATED: Cash for Clunker Appliances

Cash for Clunker Appliances  

Cash for Clunkers Rebate Reservation began April 19th. Coloradans were able to go to www.rechargecolorado.com to reserve their rebates. People who were able to reserve rebates had 30 days to purchase their qualifing appliances and mail in their rebate forms. Beginning around May 24, unused rebates will be given to names on the waiting list. We expect a lot of rebates to become available . If you haven’t reserved your rebate yet, visit www.rechargecolorado.com to reserve yours.  

Energy Star logoThe program designed to make the roads more environmentally friendly has now moved into American house holds. The U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that $300 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been allocated for the replacement of household appliances to new Energy Star models. The program is designed to allow each state to decide the specific requirements of which appliances qualify and how much of a return the consumer will get.    

 How much is Colorado allocated?    

The program has issued $4,739,000 to the state of Colorado. 

  When does the program begin? 

 The projected start date is April 19, 2010. You must reserve your government rebate the morning of April 19th online at www.RechargeColorado.com. Rebates are expected to run out quickly, we recommend reserving your rebate first thing April 19th. A call center will also be available at 1-800-462-0184 For more information on the program please visit www.colorado.gov/energy.

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