Energy Efficiency Headlines International Builders Show 2010
Las Vegas, NV, January 19, 2010 – Building innovations were showcased at the 2010 International Builders Show.
Craftsman decked out the garage at the NextGen Home with their new VersaTrack™ system and HOOKTITE™ accessories. The system consists of interlocking, tongue and groove panels that install easily on the wall in the garage and can be used with HOOKTITE™ accessories that attach to the panel to hang and store your most used items. To find out more, visit www.craftsman.com.
GE showcases an Energy Star® rated hybrid water heater. This water heater consumes up to 62% less energy than a standard electric water heater*. To learn more about GE’s Hybrid Water Heater visit, www.geappliances.com.
* Based on DOE test procedure and comparison of a 50–gallon standard electric tank water heater using 4881 kWh per year vs. the GE Hybrid water heater using 1856 kWh per year, and national average of 10.65 cents per kWh.
ENERGY STAR-rated LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier Sheathing offers a way to save money on heating and air bills. This Sheathing helps block heat from entering the attic, which lowers the attic temperature up to 30°F and can reduce monthly air conditioning costs up to 17%. To find out more, visit www.LPCorp.com/TechShield.
Whirlpool’s® new side-by-side refrigerator features MicroEtch™ Spill Control shelves to combat spills. Microscopic etching around the perimeter of shelves helps prevent liquids from overflowing and leaking. The ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator uses less energy than a 60 watt light bulb annually and exceeds federal minimum standards by 30 percent – making it the most energy efficient side-by-side refrigerator on the market.
Finally, Maytag displayed its performance series washer/dryer. The washer’s Fresh Hold™ option with Dynamic Venting Technology™ uses a fan and tumbling to help prevent odors in wet clothes. This allows consumers to delay drying for up to ten hours as clothes actually begin to dry while still in the washer. The extraction of moisture, while in the washer, helps increase the life of the dryer by up to 11.5 percent* and saves energy by decreasing drying time. *Based on a 12 year average dryer life, when option is used for full 10 hours on an average load for 392 cycles per year.
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