Swap Out That Old Appliance and Make Life Easier This Winter Frigidaire® Energy Star Certified Models Help Consumers Save : Appliances Are an Important Part of Cost-Saving Measures Around The House

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Did you know appliances can help put fuel in your tank? Experts nationwide are weighing in on the best cost-saving moves homeowners can make and urging Americans to plan ahead as we head into what’s predicted to be an expensive winter. One essential change according to the U.S. Department of Energy – make sure your appliances are not costing you money each month.

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In the past several months our retail partners are reporting a dramatic increase in the number of consumers asking smart questions in the appliance department about which appliances use the most energy

The U.S. government is predicting a 20-30 percent increase in heating prices this winter over last year, according to an August 12, 2008 report from the Energy Information Administration1. States are urging homeowners to avoid waiting for the first snowflake to fall before taking action to make their homes more energy-efficient. One cost-saving home improvement that may not seem obvious to many consumers is swapping out old appliances for newer ENERGY STAR® certified models. By installing a new Frigidaire ENERGY STAR refrigerator, freezer and front load washing machine you could save more than $500 this year alone.

Energy Star Appliances Use Less Water, Less Energy

The U. S. Department of Energy says appliances have two price tags – the one you pay to bring it home and the money you pay for the energy and water it uses. If you haven't purchased new appliances recently, chances are your refrigerator, washing machine and dishwasher are costing you money each month. Marty O'Gorman, Vice President and General Manager of the Freezer Division at Electrolux Major Appliances said people are just starting to understand how far energy-efficient technology has advanced in the past decade.

"In the past several months our retail partners are reporting a dramatic increase in the number of consumers asking smart questions in the appliance department about which appliances use the most energy," O'Gorman said. "To answer that need we've created an in-store consumer education experience that spells out exactly how much money they can save on their energy and water bills with the purchase of some of our ENERGY STAR certified appliances."

For instance, a new ENERGY STAR refrigerator like the Frigidaire Gallery Series Counter-Depth Side-by-Side model uses 40 percent less energy than a refrigerator purchased in 2001. In addition to using less energy, this Frigidaire refrigerator offers additional new products features that homeowners are sure to love. For example, the new PureAir™ filtration system to keep foods fresh, the PureSource™ Water Filtration System, a door alarm and a wine rack. When consumers swap out their old top-load washer for a new Frigidaire Affinity™ front-load model, they will save 18 gallons of water for every load of wash. Like refrigerators, when you swap out your laundry appliances for the new ENERGY STAR certified models, you'll not only be saving energy and money, you will also reap the benefits of the new technology in terms of usage and style. The Frigidaire Affinity King-Size Capacity washers offer digital controls, a delayed wash cycle, iWash™ technology, which customizes the cycle based on load size. The Affinity front-loading washer also does not contain an agitator, allowing the model to be gentler on your wardrobe than top-load models. Frigidaire front-load washers retail between $649-999 MSRP. In five years, the water and energy bill savings alone would exceed the cost of the new unit purchase.

Frigidaire Offers Help for Homeowners

For more ideas and cost savings details on trading in your appliances, Frigidaire has created FrigidaireEnergySavings.com. At this Web site, consumers can calculate their personal savings and decide whether an appliance swap out is the right choice for them this year.

About Frigidaire

Since 1918, families have made Frigidaire a trusted name in home appliances. The brand heritage is rich with quality products and lifestyle-improving innovations. Today, more than ever, Frigidaire provides the pioneering features of tomorrow with an emphasis on quality, trust and service. Visit http://www.frigidaire.com for more information on Frigidaire products or to download high-resolution product photos.

1 http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/steo/pub/contents.html

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