GE's Tips for Saving Energy This Earth Day
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — (NYSE: GE) — This Earth Day, GE Appliances & Lighting, a 2007 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year, challenges consumers to choose ENERGY STAR products when planning their next home improvement project. According to the U.S. Government, using ENERGY STAR products in the home can save consumers one–third on their annual energy bill — up to $450, on average.
Change your lights
The easiest change to make is in home lighting. According to ENERGY STAR, if every American homeowner swapped five high–use light fixtures for ENERGY STAR-qualified Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), each family would save more than $60 per year. These lamps use up to 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer — which also means less climbing up on that ladder to change burned–out bulbs.
Swap out old appliances
Clothes washers and dryers account for up to 10 percent of consumer' energy bills, according to ENERGY STAR. Compared to a model manufactured before 1994, an ENERGY STAR-qualified clothes washer can save consumers up to $110 per year in utility bills. The new GE® frontload washer will actually pay for itself in water and energy cost savings over the course of its life. In most households, the refrigerator uses more energy than any other kitchen appliance. According to ENERGY STAR, replacing a refrigerator bought in 1990 with a new ENERGY STAR-qualified model would save enough energy to light the average household for more than four and a half months. Replacing a dishwasher manufactured before 1994 with an ENERGY STAR-qualified dishwasher can also save consumers money — up to $25 or more per year in energy costs, according to the DOE. ENERGY STAR-qualified GE Profile™ dishwashers could save more than 20 billion gallons of water annually if used by all Americans — that's equivalent to 25,000 Olympic swimming pools. GE offers consumers plenty of cool choices when shopping for room air conditioners. Replacing a 10–year–old room air conditioner with a new GE ENERGY STAR-qualified model means consumers can save up to 25 percent in operating costs and they will use at least 10 percent less energy than with conventional new models.
Seal your doors and windows
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, air leakage through tiny holes and cracks accounts for up to 20 percent of the energy used for cooling and heating. Allowing leaks to go unsealed is literally throwing energy — and money — out the window. Silicone sealant provides the best air and watertight seal to keep cool air inside the home. A typical home can be sealed with four tubes of high–quality sealant like GE Silicone II. A $20 investment can return hundreds of dollars in energy savings every year.
GE's commitment to ENERGY STAR
From 2002–2006, GE invested more than $405 million to develop and bring to market high–efficiency appliances. For GE's long–term commitment to creating high–performance household appliance and lighting products that help reduce energy consumption and do the right thing for the environment, the DOE and EPA awarded GE Appliances & Lighting a Sustained Excellence Award in 2006 and 2007. GE has also been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for four consecutive years.