A wealth of new and innovative household products were on display at January’s International Housewares Show in Chicago, and the latest addition to the ENERGY STAR family was among them. ENERGY STAR labeled dehumidifiers, currently offered by the Whirlpool Corporation and Therma-Stor Products, offer consumers substantial energy and cost savings over standard models.
Dehumidifiers consume as much energy as the average refrigerator and cost US consumers approximately one billion dollars a year to power them. However, if everyone who purchases a dehumidifier in 2001 buys an ENERGY STAR labeled model, consumers would save nearly seven million dollars on their utility bills.
These savings caused the launch to gain significant attention from the appliance industry. “We had a lot of positive feedback about the ENERGY STAR labeled dehumidifiers from our trade partners,” said Michael D. Ambos, Brand Manager from Whirlpool. “The ENERGY STAR information got them excited about the whole program.” Several major housewares publications, including HFN, HomeWorld Business, and Appliance Manufacturer also reported on the release.
For computer users, Intel’s Instantly Available PC (IAPC) means more effective use of time and power resources without compromising real-time Internet, network, and telephony connectivity.
IAPC is an open platform that allows a PC to power down to sleep mode when not in use and awaken in seconds. While standard PCs often take between 30 and 90 seconds to power up from a sleep-state, PCs with IAPC technology may resume full operation in less than 10 seconds, while also maintaining communications—something not previously possible for PCs.
Concerns surrounding the supply and costs of energy are mounting. While power-management technologies can reduce a PC’s energy consumption by 71 percent, an estimated 40 percent of all monitors used in the US with sleep-state features are also enabled for power management. ENERGY STAR estimates show that a medium-sized business with 1,000 power management enabled PCs could save as much as $20,000 per year in energy costs.
To realize these savings in your home or office, simply enable the power management features on your computers and purchase new computers that have the ENERGY STAR label.
For network administrators, ENERGY STAR also now offers tools that allow you to enable monitor power management from a central location. For more information about power management, contact Steve Ryan of the US EPA at email@example.com.
On Saturday, April 21, more than 50 builder partner communities, constructing more than 5,000 ENERGY STAR Qualified New Homes, joined together in a “Showcase of Arizona ENERGY STAR Qualified New Homes” to promote ENERGY STAR in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. ENERGY STAR partnered with these builders and Southwest Gas, D.R. Wastchak, LLC, Fannie Mae and Certainteed to design a set of outstanding promotions and events to promote the value of energy-efficient home building. See the products for this Showcase at www.energystar.gov.