Electrolux named Energy Star Partner of the Year!

Electrolux was named Energy Star Partner of the Year! 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.

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“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!

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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Samsung Rated Highest in Consumer Satisfaction for Sixth Year in a Row

RF4287HARS Model has fully customizable shelves and 28 cu ft of shelf space to store your food.

The RF4287HARS has customizable shelving with pop-out door shelves to fit all your favorite foods. Image courtesy Samsung.

What makes a great refrigerator? Samsung knows. According to J.D. Power and Associates, Samsung was rated highest in Customer Satisfaction with Refrigerators for the sixth year in a row this year. The highest ranking factors were ease of use, performance and reliability (which includes how well the refrigerator works, how noisy it is and energy efficiency), and features.

 J.D. Power and Associate’s study was based on responses from almost 6,000 consumers who purchased Samsung Refrigerators in the last two years, and what did they like most? Samsung did particularly well in the Side-by-Side and French Door refrigerator categories.  Samsung’s French Doors are unique and stylish, as well as very user-friendly.

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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.

New Electrolux Laundry Highlights: Wave-Touch & Largest Capacity Washers & Dryers

Electrolux Wavetouch Colours

The new line of Electrolux Laundry. Courtesy Electrolux

Electrolux is a kingpin in the laundry appliance market—they develop & produce washer/dryer sets that are not only efficient, ingenious and quiet, but they look fabulous, as well. Front load washing machines have been an increasing trend in the market and this is one brand that is leading the pack—and doing it very well.

Front-loading washers used to be the standard in the 1940s and 50s, but were phased out with top-loaders because they caused massive vibration and had to be anchored to the floor to keep them from moving all over the place. Electrolux’s new Perfect Balance System, showcased in their new line of laundry appliances, is the solution for just this problem. This state-of-the- Continue reading

The Subtly Stunning Bosch Dishwasher: Ecofriendly, Clean, Quiet

Bosch Integra 800 Series / courtesy Bosch.com

You’re in the kitchen, grabbing an after-dinner-snack, and question whether or not you forgot to put the dishes in the dishwasher. You look over at the empty kitchen sink and your eyes glide to the dishwasher, and then back to your sink. The dishes aren’t in the sink… but it’s virtually silent in your kitchen. The swish-slosh-swish-slosh sounds you’re used to hearing don’t echo throughout your house anymore after dinner time.

This ain’t your mother’s dishwasher. It’s a Bosch.

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ENERGY STAR Savings: Refrigerators

Refrigerators made great advances in energy efficiency since the first domestic mechanical refrigerator constructed over a hundred years ago. In 1955, 80% of American homes had a refrigerator. As technology improved, so did the function of the refrigerator.

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Energy Star Dishwashers

The Benefits of Energy Star Dishwashers  

by sandra long 

I was one of those people who always thought that washing my dishes by hand got them cleaner and used less water than washing my dishes in a machine. I use the word “was” stating I have definitely changed my mind once I learned more about Energy Star Dishwashers. Not only will you save time by washing dishes in an Energy Star dishwasher but you’ll also save money, water, energy and help save our environment.   Continue reading

Appliance Factory Outlet Supports Earth Day

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Appliance Factory Outlet Partners with Manufacturers to Celebrate Earth Day

Denver, CO, April 22, 2010

Appliance Factory Outlet will celebrate Earth Day 2010 by partnering with major appliance brands GE and Frigidaire, and the GEO (Governor Energy Office) to provide customers with additional discounts for purchasing Energy Star models. Continue reading

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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The Fresh Scent of Mildew: What you can do to prevent Front Load Laundry Smells

Front load laundry is becoming the most popular laundry pair, and after all the rebates only cost a couple hundred more than top loading. Due to all the energy savings, front load laundry pays for themselves after 5-7 years. Why wouldn’t consumers want these high efficiency appliances?

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Going Green Part IV: Lighting

Updating to energy efficient lighting is a great way to save money on your energy bill and save you time. In Part IV of Going Green: Lighting I’ll introduce some innovative options to turn your lighting “green”. 

Courtesy of energystar.gov

 

 Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Only 5-10% of the electricity flowing through incandescent bulbs is converted into light, the rest is converted into heat, wasted energy. CFLs use 75 % less energy as an incandescent bulb, and lasts 10 times longer. The bulbs are higher cost but use less energy and have a longer life span. CFLs were commonly used to replace outdoor lighting but now can be used in dimmable or three-way light fixtures. 

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LED lights are the most efficient type of bulbs. They are 90% more efficient than incandescent and considerably more efficient than CFLs. LED lights have the longest life out of all bulbs but are also the most expensive. A great application for LED lights in a kitchen is under cabinet lighting. 

 Updating your light bulbs not only save you money in energy usage, they also save on your cooling costs. CFLs produce 75% to 80% less waste heat and LED produce 90% less waste heat compare to incandescent bulbs, resulting in the decrease demand of your air conditioner. 

 Life of a Bulb: 

Incandescent lasts 750 to 1000 hours 

CFL lasts 8000 to 10,000 

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Arvada Family Surprised with Home Energy Makeover

October 28, 2009
The Lindemann family of Arvada

The Lindemann family of Arvada

With a drafty upstairs and high energy and medical bills, the Lindemann family of Arvada, Colo. had their wish come true. The Lindemanns are the winners of the 2009 Home Energy Makeover Contest sponsored in part by Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses.

The Energy Patrol knocked on the Lindemann’s door Monday night with balloons in hand and a big sign reading 2009 Energy Makeover Winner. Continue reading

Go Green: About ENERGY STAR Appliances

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Many of us are making adjustments to save energy and money. Whether it is carpooling to work, using energy-saving light bulbs or getting a car that uses less gas, we’re all concerned about global warming and the environment.

We can decrease our carbon footprint by using the right products. Our appliance experts can help your family’s home become its most efficient and environmentally friendly. Continue reading