From energy monitors to leak detectors to solar panels, energy-saving products come to one place
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – How can you better manage energy consumption as colder weather creeps in and electricity bills creep up? How about getting the answer to your energy-saving questions in one place?
“The Energy Center builds on Lowe’s commitment to bring more innovative products and services to our customers,” said Nick Canter, Lowe’s executive vice president of merchandising.
“By pulling together comprehensive options to help them manage their energy use, the Energy Center makes it easier for customers to become more energy efficient while putting money back in their pocket.”
Beyond traditional energy-saving methods that influence many Asian homes, the best thing about reducing energy consumption nowadays is that you can measure energy use and even generate renewable energy.
Take your cue from the following amazing products offered at The Energy Center:
Measuring energy use
Sealing the gaps and cracks, and properly insulating, can save a homeowner up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
• How much appliances cost to operate. The Kill A Watt™ EZ ($34.97) by P3 International measures how much appliances really cost to operate. Simply plug the appliance into this device, which plugs into the wall outlet and accurately displays projected costs by week, month or year. It also can measure how much money standby items such as TVs and computers cost when not in use. For more power monitors, including whole-home energy monitors like The Energy Detective ($240) from Energy Inc., visit Lowes.com.
Reducing energy costs
• What to do with drafty gaps. Once drafty gaps have been identified with a Thermal Leak Detector, save energy and save money by sealing them with caulk, weatherstrip or insulating foam. These products, along with energy savers such as CFLs, programmable thermostats and dimmer switches that Lowe’s sells throughout the store, have been consolidated in the Energy Center to make it easier for customers to tackle energy efficiency as a project.
• What to do with standby-off mode power devices. The average U.S. household spends more than $500 over five years to power devices while they are off (or in standby mode), according to the EPA. Eliminate that power loss, and the need to fumble around under the computer desk, with Choose Renewables’ Bye Bye Standby ($19.97). The set of remote-controlled outlets easily plugs into a power strip or electronic devices and switches them on and off individually, or together, with the touch of a button.
Generating renewable energy
• When you’re seeking power on the go. Sunforce’s 1.8-watt Solar Battery Maintainer ($19.97) and 5-watt Solar Battery Trickle Charger ($49.97) use the power of the sun to maintain a full capacity 12-volt battery. The maintenance-free panels work with cars, SUVs, RVs, boats and other vehicles, and can plug directly into a vehicle’s charging port.
• When solar panel is the way to go. Consumers who own their homes and have ample sunny, south-facing roof space also might be candidates for Westinghouse Solar’s 180-watt AC solar panels ($893 per panel). Winner of a 2009 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Product Award, the panels are available in the Energy Center at select Lowe’s stores and can be purchased through special order at all Lowe’s locations.
Lowe’s has won eight consecutive ENERGY STAR awards for its leadership as a retailer of energy-efficient products and in 2010 became the first winner of the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in Retail. To get started on saving energy and money, visit Lowe’s in-store Energy Center. For more inspirational ideas and projects, go to Lowes.com/EfficientHome.
With fiscal year 2009 sales of $47.2 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,700 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.