NEW YORK, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Electrolux Major Appliances North America has been named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Product Manufacturer by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award recognizes Electrolux for increasing their selection and delivery of environmentally-conscious ENERGY STAR qualified appliances and helping to educate consumers about the ENERGY STAR program. Award winners are selected from more than 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
"Today, EPA is recognizing Electrolux for their leadership in addressing climate change through energy efficiency," said Elizabeth Craig, Acting Director of EPA's Office of Atmospheric Programs. "Electrolux is producing and promoting energy-efficient ENERGY STAR products that help American consumers join in the effort to increase our nation's energy efficiency and reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases. We look forward continuing to partner with these winners as they create the next generation of energy efficient products."
In 2010, Electrolux encouraged consumers to recycle old appliances and replace them with ENERGY STAR qualified appliances through the Swap and Save program, which so far has saved U.S. consumers more than $240 million dollars in energy savings and more than 7.4 billion gallons of water.
"As a proud ENERGY STAR partner, Electrolux is committed to bringing consumers energy-efficient appliances with uncompromising design, functionality and quality," said Kevin Scott, president of Electrolux Major Appliances, North America. "Energy efficiency and environmental concern are key elements of the Electrolux global commitment to sustainability in our products and in our operations. This recognition is an honor and a testament to our long-standing relationship with the ENERGY STAR program."
Electrolux's premium collection of kitchen and laundry appliances includes ENERGY STAR qualified appliances in every product category, where applicable, offering a wide variety of sleek and stylish appliances that are at least 10% more energy-efficient than non-ENERGY STAR qualified appliances.
- Electrolux dishwashers use at least 41% less energy and 40% less water than was used just 10 years ago. In fact, Electrolux dishwashers use five gallons of water per load versus 27 gallons for hand washing – a savings of nearly 70,000 gallons of water over the life of the appliance.
- Electrolux also offers eco-friendly washers that are up to 161% more energy-efficient(1) and use 63% less water than washers from just ten years ago.(2)
- Electrolux offers more than 30 refrigerators that are ENERGY STAR qualified and exceed the minimum standards by 30% or more.
Electrolux applies this commitment to operational efficiency as well. Electrolux is recognized as leader in the Durable Household Products category in the most recent Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. As part of its sustainability strategy, the Company has committed that by the end of 2012, its factories, offices and warehouses will use 28% less energy than in 2005 and had achieved a 25% reduction versus 2005 at the end of 2010. Additionally, Electrolux has set ambition targets related to water usage and transportation emissions reduction globally.
For more details about Electrolux's commitment to living green and to access our Energy Savings Calculator, visit electroluxappliances.com/livinggreen or facebook.com/electrolux.
The entire Electrolux line of stylishly-designed appliances, which boast a distinctive curved-front design, signature blue LEDs electronic controls and first-in-class features is available nationwide through select independent appliance dealers and at Best Buy, Lowe's and Sears.
Electrolux has a rich heritage of developing kitchen appliances, which have been used throughout fine homes and restaurants in Europe for more than 80 years. Among these products is the prestigious Molteni brand, a name chosen by the world's greatest chefs who expect the ultimate in cooking performance. Design centers around the world are focused on understanding consumer needs and developing innovative designs that fit with how consumers live. For more information, visit electroluxappliances.com.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated with energy use. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 kinds of products as well as new homes and buildings. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $18 billion on their utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas equivalent to those of 34 million cars. Products, homes and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. For more information, go to energystar.gov.
(1) Energy efficiency based on current DOE Federal minimum standard for washers based on MEF.
(2) Water savings based on ENERGY STAR® energy-savings calculator.
SOURCE Electrolux Major Appliances North America