A little more information is beginning to surface about the “Clunker” Appliance Program.
Once implemented in November, consumers would be eligible for up to $250 rebates on energy star refrigerators, front-load washers, and other kitchen appliances and air conditioners.
The state of California should be getting about $35 million towards the program and should see utility companies, manufacturers and retailers (Feder’s Distributors would be included!) working together to help bring more energy-efficient appliances to our communities.
Many details are still unclear and one of the major pieces of this plan still needs to be ironed out: what will happen with the old appliances and would a recycling requirement be the kicker?
Typically, disposal of older appliances is much easier and cost-efficient. However, placing appliances in landfills can be extremely damaging to our environment and would have a negative effect on such a program.
Although difficult and costly, recycling old appliances should be the way to go. But the plan is still incomplete and does not yet specify who would be responsible for this.
As more information is released, we will continue to keep you updated here.
We just received a truck of close-out Jenn Air side by side refrigerators.
You don’t want to miss out on these deals if you’re in the market for a great side by side energy star refrigerator at a fraction of their original prices!
Two models are 22 cubic foot cabinet-depth side-by-sides in stainless steel (either pro handles or European handles)
Two models are 26 Cubic Foot free-standing side-by-side models (one in gloss white and the other is black floating-glass)
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We just received this letter from The SoCal Water$mart team. Reminder: it’s a great time to purchase Energy Star appliances!
September 11, 2009
We are pleased to announce that Metropolitan Water District’s SoCal
Water$mart residential water efficiency rebate program WILL RE-LAUNCH ON A
REGION-WIDE BASIS ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2009, beginning at 9:00 a.m. At that
time, rebates will be available for a limited time to all residential
customers of participating water agencies within the Metropolitan Water
District service area. (Residential water customers are those living in
houses or apartments, townhomes, condominiums or mobile home complexes with
less than five dwellings that are not represented by a homeowners
association or property management company.)
Upon re-launch, THE PROGRAM WILL NO LONGER REQUIRE REBATE RESERVATIONS for
qualifying product purchases. Rebate applications for purchases made on or
after September 21 may be submitted by mail or via the program website.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING KEY PROGRAM CHANGES:
– Program period is from September 21, 2009 through May 31, 2010, or until
funds are depleted (whichever comes first).
– As stated above, rebate reservations will no longer be required; mail-in
or online applications will be accepted starting September 21, 2009.
– PURCHASES MADE PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 ARE INELIGIBLE FOR REGION-WIDE
– Rebate checks will be issued only to the residential water customer
– Customers of participating water agencies that are offering funds during
the current interim period may continue to reserve rebates through the
SoCal Water$mart program through September 18 at 5:00 p.m.
As noted above and with the previous program period, funding for the new
fiscal year is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We are
committed to providing effective program support for your high-efficiency
products and will keep you apprised of the program status throughout the
year. In addition, we will work with you to create opportunities for
collaborative promotional efforts.
PRODUCT COVERAGE AND REBATE AMOUNT CHANGES:
We are updating program materials and will be supplying the retail network
with rebate applications and point of purchase marketing materials. Any
retailers, distributors, or contractor groups interested in setting up
program training may submit an email request to
REBATE AMOUNT CHANGES:
– High-efficiency clothes washers (4.0 Water Factor or less): $50 (Please
note the change in the clothes washer requirement from WF 5.0 to WF 4.0 as
of July 1, 2009.)
– High-efficiency toilets (WaterSense qualified, 1.28 gpf or less): $50
– Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers (Smart Water Application
Technologies™ or “SWAT” tested; add-on devices are not rebated)
— (<1 acre): $80
— (1+ acre): $25/station
– Rotary nozzles, new requirement to include pressure regulating heads:
– Synthetic turf: $0.60/sq ft (not available in all areas as local water
agencies must now match funds and retrofitted area must be less than ½
acre; check the website for details)
As always, local water agencies have the option to add funding and increase
rebate amounts for their customers. Agency funding updates will be provided
on a monthly basis.
If you have any questions, please visit the program website at:
www.bewaterwise.com or call the SoCal Water$mart hotline at: 888-376-3314.
We look forward to working with you!
The SoCal Water$mart team
New Double Oven Provides Flexibility; Saves Time and Energy BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Sick of hot dogs and hamburgers but afraid to bake that lasagna for fear it will heat up the whole kitchen and your energy bill? According to previous Whirlpool Corporation research, the top unmet consumer need when it comes to cooking is energy efficiency and a recent survey revealed 84 percent of consumers said energy--not water or time--is most important to them when it comes to home appliance efficiency.* The new Whirlpool Gold(R) free-standing double oven is heating things up with an upper oven that uses 50 percent less energy and preheats in half the time, compared to a full size oven. The upper oven is a perfect size for reheating leftovers, baking a pizza or small batches of cookies without wasting energy. The ability to bake at two separate temperatures simultaneously means home cooks no longer have to play musical pans when trying to broil steaks and warm rolls at the same time. With the double oven's combined 6.3 cu. ft. capacity, you can even bake a cake, slow roast a turkey and all the side dishes and have it all ready by mealtime. In addition to saving time and energy, the range easily slides into the existing range space, allowing for the functionality and productivity of a double oven without having to renovate your kitchen. "The Whirlpool brand double oven range provides flexibility and conserves resources, allowing home cooks to take advantage of the benefits of a double oven without hassle and cost of a built-in," said Meghan Muenchow, Whirlpool brand manager. "Whether cooking two different things at once or making smaller meals that do not require a full size oven, consumers can save time, money and energy." Not only does the Whirlpool Gold double oven range have the ability to bake, broil and warm in the upper oven - it can toast - eliminating the need for a toaster/toaster oven and freeing up counter space. Both ovens feature the Precise Clean(TM) self-cleaning system, which runs only as long as necessary by automatically adjusting to soil levels without harsh chemicals or cleaners. The range's eco-friendly Schott Ceran(R) cooktop contains no toxic heavy metals and minimizes cleanup with a smooth glass surface that withstands intense heat without cracking or chipping. In addition to a six-inch warming zone on the cooktop, both ovens are also equipped with Sabbath mode which will not automatically shut off after 12 hours and can maintain a set temperature for extended periods of time. The Whirlpool Gold(R) double oven range (GGE350LW) will be available in white, black and stainless steel starting at $1,149. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/t8nbX. Methodology* This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive via its QuickQuery(SM) online omnibus service on behalf of Whirlpool Corporation between December 29 and 31, 2008, among 2,042 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older. Results were weighted as needed for region, age within gender, education, household income and race/ethnicity. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated; a full methodology is available. All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words "margin of error" as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal. Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the U.S. adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to be invited to participate in the Harris Interactive online research panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. About Whirlpool Brand Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion, 70,000 employees, and 68 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. Whirlpool brand recognizes that consumers lead busy, active lives and continues to create solutions that help consumers optimize productivity and efficiency in the home. In addition to designing appliance solutions based on consumer insight, Whirlpool brand is dedicated to creating ENERGY STAR(R) qualified appliances like the new Duet(R) washer which uses 74 percent less water and 80 percent less energy than a traditional top load washer manufactured before 2004. When used with the washer, the new Duet(R) Resource Saver(R) dryer improves dryer energy usage by 40 percent as compared to traditional top-load laundry pairs, average size load. Whirlpool is one of Habitat for Humanity's largest corporate partners, donating a refrigerator and range to every new Habitat for Humanity home built in North America. For more information on Whirlpool brand, please visit www.whirlpool.com. Additional information about the company can be found at www.whirlpoolcorp.com. About Harris Interactive Harris Interactive is a global leader in custom market research. With a long and rich history in multimodal research that is powered by our science and technology, we assist clients in achieving business results. Harris Interactive serves clients globally through our North American, European and Asian offices and a network of independent market research firms. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com. SOURCE Whirlpool Corporation Monica Teague of Whirlpool Corporation, +1-269-923-7405 Monica_L_Teague@Whirlpool.com, or Melissa Vigue of Peppercom for Whirlpool brand, +1-212-931-6165, firstname.lastname@example.org
Operating Window/Wall Air Conditioners
Window and wall air conditioners are not the same as central air conditioners. To ensure you get the best performance from your A/C, we advise that you turn it on in the morning.
Your A/C has a thermostat that will detect the temperature in the room. When the unit reaches the temperature you set it to, it will shut off. When the room gets warmer the thermostat will detect that change and will turn on by itself.
The vent should be closed at all times and should only be open when using the fan mode, to bring in outside air. Having your vent open while operating the A/C will make your unit work harder and it will cost you more money to run.
When turning on your A/C, make sure you set it to 76 degrees and no lower than 72. This will not only will save you money, but it will allow your A/C to work properly.
Check your filter every other week for better performance. If you turn your A/C on when the day’s heat is at its peak, it will take time to get the desired cooling effect, and will use much more energy.
Following these easy instructions will save you money, and better performance from your A/C.
Como operar su aire de ventana o pared
Los Aires de ventana o pared no son iguales a los centrales. Para asegurarse de que su Aire acondicionado este funcionando bien, le recomendamos que lo use de la siguiente manera. Encienda su aire por la mañana y pongalo entre 76 y no menos de 72 grados. Su aire tiene un termostato que detecta la temperatura que usted a elejido, y cuando llegue a esa temperatura el aire se apagara solo. Cuando el termostato detecte que la temperatura este subiendo el compressor se volvera a encender. El vent del aire siempre tiene que estar cerrado y solo debe de abrirse cuando lo use en la posicion FAN. Tambien es recommendable limpiar el filtro al aire 2 veces por mes, si es usado constantemete. Recuerde que encender su aire, cuando el calor del dia esta en su apogeo no es recomendado, porque el aire tardara mas en enfriar su departamento Si usted sigue estas simples instrucciones su aire le ahorrara dinero y funcionara mejor.