Bosch Establishes the Industry Standard as the ”Green” Home Appliance Leader
Bosch Continuously Delivers on its Green Commitment Through its Product Development, Manufacturing and Industry Partnerships
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–If the more than eight million U.S. consumers who purchased a new dishwasher in 2007 bought a Bosch 800 Series model, instead of a conventional unit, the lifetime energy savings would be equivalent to preventing 21 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions (according to the Department of Energy). This could save a forest twice the size of Sequoia National Park in Southern Sierra Nevada – which is more than 400,000 acres. A staggering statistic such as this clearly demonstrates Bosch’s longstanding commitment to the environment and how its full-suite product portfolio delivers complete ECO solutions that families can rely on. In fact, the brand is the only U.S. manufacturer whose entire lineup of major appliances is ENERGY STAR® qualified, in the categories that the program rates.
“From its global low-impact manufacturing approach, to the key partnerships it has formed with sustainable construction and design leaders, Bosch is the undisputed green appliance leader with the most efficient machines on the market,” said Franz J. Bosshard, president and CEO. “Our green stewardship is a global consciousness, as we have a worldwide integrated management system that maintains the highest standards for environmental responsibility wherever our operations take us.”
Bosch has taken significant steps to reduce the eco-footprint of its manufacturing with state-of-the art production plants. In fact, it is the first manufacturer in the world to discontinue the use of CFCs in the production of refrigerators. The brand typically manufactures where its markets are, to keep products closer to customers and reduce transportation created emissions. All its factories, including its appliance park in New Bern, NC, has received the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 certification, a worldwide certification that requires a company to meet strict international standards that minimize harmful effects on the environment caused by production. Moreover, the brand relies on reusable and recyclable materials while recycling all of its wood, glass, cardboard and paper. Bosch even requires its preferred suppliers to adhere to environmental policies similar to its own.
Furthermore, Bosch has established key partnerships with sustainable construction and design leaders to further cultivate green thought, including the U.S. Green Building Council/LEED® for Homes certification program and the National Association of Home Builders. Bosch appliances have been selected for multiple sustainable design projects including LivingHomes®, the first residential project in the country to achieve the Platinum rating from the LEED for Homes rating system. Additionally, Bosch has developed a unique online Green Resource Center, an award-winning microsite highlighting the brand’s green appliances and informational tools. Through the recently expanded site, consumers can learn about money saving rebates, as well as use the Energy Savings Calculator to figure out the financial advantage of purchasing and using a Bosch appliance throughout its operational lifetime. Builders and designers can access a tool that can be applied to their current projects and guide them through national and/or regional Green Building Certifications.
Bosch home appliances is continuously recognized for its contributions to energy resource conservation and is the proud two-time recipient of the Department of Energy’s prestigious 2007 and 2008 Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion Award, as well as the 2007 Annual Flex Your Power Award.
“Partners like Bosch are valued leaders in energy efficiency,” said Alexander Karsner, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy. “Bosch’s long-term commitment to energy efficiency is good for business, the environment, consumers, and for the country as a whole.”
Ranked highest in customer satisfaction for the second consecutive year by J.D. Power and Associates (in the dishwasher category in the 2007 Major Home Appliance Study), Bosch’s Evolution™ and Integra® dishwashers feature the quietest and most energy efficient models in the country: the Evolution SHE98 and Integra SHX98. Both models exceed the minimum federal energy standard by 147%, with a yearly usage of only 190 kWh – approximately the same amount of energy as a dishwasher half their size. Bosch dishwashers use as little as 1.8 gallons of water per cycle while guaranteeing an ideal wash, and offer exclusive programs such as ECOACTION™, which takes efficiency to the next level by reducing energy consumption by up to 25%, with just the simple push of a button. Every Bosch Dishwasher model is ENERGY STAR qualified.
Already exceeding the strict 2011 ENERGY STAR standards, Bosch’s 27” depth and quiet front-loading Nexxt® Laundry makes it easier than ever to achieve maximum energy savings. Simply push the green-colored “e” button, on select 500plus and 800 Series washers, to take advantage of the advanced ECOACTION feature, which decreases the temperature and amount of energy used during the wash cycle by up to 20%, without affecting cleaning results. ECOACTION is now also available on select Nexxt dryers, boosting energy savings up to 10% by optimizing the heat cycle. Bosch also offers its 24” compact and stackable Axxis® Laundry with the largest washer capacity in its class at 3.4 cubic feet, which can tackle up to 14 pair of jeans. This powerhouse in an efficient package is perfect for high rises or homes looking to save much-needed space as well as energy, water and money. All Nexxt and Axxis washer models are ENERGY STAR qualified.
ENERGY STAR-qualified Integra is one of the quietest refrigeration systems on the market and exceeds the stringent 2008 federal standards for energy efficiency. The refrigerator is typically the kitchen appliance that uses the most amount of energy, but Bosch overcomes this dilemma with its lineup of refrigerator, freezer and wine units that offer total capacity flexibility, while providing optimized food preservation and easy installation. Eco-friendly features include the Sabbath Mode, during which the unit uses no energy for religious observances, Economy Mode, which adjusts the temperature for extra efficiency, and Vacation Mode, which adjusts the temperature and disables water and lighting for more energy efficiency while being away for a prolonged period of time.
Bosch home appliances is part of BSH Home Appliances Corporation, a fully-owned subsidiary of BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, the third largest home appliance manufacturer in the world. Inspired by the lifestyle of today’s discerning consumers, all Bosch products combine superior performance and excellent quality with unrivaled ease-of-use. Opened in 1997, the company’s appliance park in New Bern, North Carolina is comprised of state-of-the-art factories for washers, dryers, dishwashers, ranges, ovens and cooktops. The leader in environmentally friendly home appliances, Bosch manufactures products that regularly receive industry and consumer awards and its dishwashers are consistently top-ranked by leading consumer magazines. For more information, please visit www.boschappliances.com or call 800.921.9622 to request a catalog. Nexxt, Integra and Axxis are registered trademarks of BSH Home Appliances Corporation. ECOACTION and Evolution are trademarks of BSH Home Appliances Corporation.