Save Energy, Save Money (Energy Smart Product Update)
A Roundup of New Energy- Conscious Home-improvement Products.
A double-dose of good news for your home and the environment comes from new products that reduce utility costs by conserving energy while also lessening their negative impact on Mother Nature. Here’s a roundup of select new products to consider for your next improvement project that will save money in the long run while proving kinder and gentler to the earth for the green-minded homeowner.
GE Unveils LED Bulb that Lasts 17 years
The inventor of the first visible light-emitting diode (LED) will introduce a 40-watt replacement GE Energy Smart LED bulb available later this year or early 2011. GE Lighting’s new LED bulb is expected to consume just 9 watts, provide a 77-percent energy savings and produce nearly the same light output as a 40-watt incandescent bulb, while lasting more than 25 times as long. GE scientists and engineers designed the bulb to better direct light downward on the intended surface and all around, not just out the top of a lampshade, as most current LED bulbs are prone to do. The new GE LED bulb offers 450 lumens—the Energy Star threshold to be considered a 40-watt incandescent replacement. Currently available LED bulbs produce 350 lumens or less. GE has filed multiple patent applications for the bulb and expects it will be an Energy Star-qualified LED omnidirectional light bulb.
“This is a bulb that can virtually light your kid’s bedroom desk lamp from birth through high school graduation,” says John Strainic, global product general manager, GE Lighting. “It’s an incredible advancement that’s emblematic of the imagination and innovation that GE’s applying to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.” Learn more at www.ge.com.
Broan-NuTone Fans Operate at $1 per Year
Think $1.00 doesn’t buy much anymore? Think again. Broan-NuTone offers a complete line of Energy Star-qualified ventilation fans for a healthier home, which operate for as little as $1.00 a year. Whether it’s excess odors, indoor pollutants, mold prevention or improving the overall quality of indoor air, this is a great value for a healthier home. The Energy Star lineup of Broan and NuTone ventilation fans includes 35 different models from the Ultra Silent Series, recessed fan/lights, as well as heavy-duty models ideal for light commercial installations and offices. The Ultra Silent Series includes basic bath fans, fan/light/nightlight combinations, humidity sensing fans and humidity sensing/fan/light/nightlight combinations. Energy Star fan-only models use less than 10 kilowatt hours per year.
“All of the Energy Star-qualified fans from Broan and NuTone are certified by the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI). The HVI label is a homeowner’s assurance that the certified air flow and sound ratings for a certain ventilation product are the results of testing by an independent laboratory,” says Patrick Nielsen, marketing manager, ventilation fans, Broan-NuTone. Learn more at www.Broan.com.
Energy Star-qualified ventilation fans that include light use 70 percent less energy on average than standard models. These fans provide better efficiency and comfort with less noise and use high-performance motors that work better and last longer than motors used in conventional models. They also feature improved blade design for better performance and longer life.
Lennox SunSource Home Energy System
Lennox SunSource Home Energy System uses renewable solar energy to heat and cool a home, and more. Lennox touts the product as “a gateway to the future of innovation in the HVAC industry” and a simple way homeowners can harness the power of renewable energy at home. The SunSource consists of a solar-ready, high-efficiency Lennox air conditioner or heat pump that has been specially enhanced to serve as the platform for this new home energy system. A Lennox solar subpanel provides the connection between utility-interactive solar power system and the HVAC unit. Roof-mounted solar modules harness clean, sustainable energy from the sun and use it to run the home’s central heating and cooling system. When the system is not operating, the solar energy is supplied to other devices that consume electricity, such as lighting and appliances. Once the system is fully set up, homeowners can expect to see a reduction in their utility costs. Down the line, if they want to see their bills lowered even more, they can expand on the system by adding additional solar modules—up to a total of 15 roof-mounted modules per outdoor unit. Learn more at www.lennox.com.
Rheem Heat-Pump Water Heater Twice as Efficient
The new integrated air-source HP-40 Heat Pump Water Heater from Rheem offers an industry-leading Energy Factor (EF) of 2.0, or more than twice the energy efficiency of a standard electric storage water heater. The energy-saving design will help a family reduce its carbon footprint by nearly two tons annually. In addition, the new water heater qualifies for a federal tax credit as well as many state and utility rebates and incentives. Intended for residential applications, both new construction and drop-in replacement of existing water heaters, the unit has a storage capacity of 40 gallons and meets the qualifications for an Energy Star listing. Measuring only 21 inches in diameter, the new Rheem Heat Pump Water Heater offers the same slim, portable profile as the 50-gallon HP-50 model. But thanks to its smaller storage capacity, the HP-40 hybrid is 10 pounds lighter and 10 inches shorter, with an overall height of 65.5 inches. As a result, installation in spaces with restricted access—including attics and basement mechanical rooms—is even easier.