Louisville, Kentucky -- GE Appliances & Lighting has earned the US Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award for the seventh consecutive year.
GE supports the programme through a variety of initiatives, including training sales employees, retailers and distributors; promoting Energy Star-qualified products; and recycling at company locations. For example, in 2011, GE Appliance Park in Louisville recycled 10 kilotonnes of factory and office materials.
GE representatives will receive the award at a 15 March ceremony in Washington, DC.
"As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Energy Star programme, EPA is proud to recognize GE Appliances & Lighting with the 2012 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award," said EPA administrator Lisa Jackson. "GE Appliances & Lighting and all our Energy Star award winners are helping Americans find cost-effective ways to save energy in everything we do, which is good for our climate, our health, and our future."
GE offers a full line of Energy Star appliances. In 2011, almost 70 percent of GE's total dollar sales from appliances came from Energy Sta-qualified models. The company introduced 140 new Energy Star appliances in 2011, for a total of more than 490 Energy Sta-qualified base models.
GE says it invested $50 million in 2011 Energy Star-qualified products, and developed, introduced or launched many design innovations for energy efficiency. For example, GE is using cyclopentane-blown foam in top-freezer refrigerators, resulting in a 99-percent reduction in greenhouse gases over the material previously used.
GE also has a home-energy management system called Nucleus which uses Brillion technology to communicate with smart appliances, allowing consumers to monitor/manage energy use. In pilots across the country, such as that at Warner Robins in Georgia, GE and its utility partners are using Nucleus in experiments to reduce and save energy.
Other innovative GE products include a GeoSpring hybrid water heater that uses 62 percent less electricity than a standard electric water heater and GE's first Energy Star-qualified range hood that uses GE CFL lights and quiet venting to minimise noise.