Alliance to Save Energy Names Whirlpool Corporation Innovative Star Award
Recipient for Smart Grid Home Appliances
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Oct. 3, 2013
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation
(NYSE: WHR), the world's largest manufacturer of home appliances, received the
Innovative Star award from the Alliance to Save Energy during the Star of
Energy Efficiency awards reception last night at the Andrew W. Mellon
Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
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The Star of Energy Efficiency awards are given to individuals, organizations,
companies, learning institutions and government programs that have
demonstrated a significant and tangible commitment to the cause of energy
efficiency both in the United States and abroad. Whirlpool Corporation was
named the 2013 Innovative Star award recipient for introducing a new line of
Smart Grid home appliances that will provide technology to help consumers
avoid peak energy use times, maximize energy efficiency and reduce energy
"This award acknowledges the importance of Whirlpool's Smart Grid appliances
for consumers and the overall energy savings for society. It also recognizes
the ongoing stream of innovation for which Whirlpool Corporation has been
known for more than a century," said Christian Gianni, Senior Vice President,
Engineering and Technology, Whirlpool Corporation.
Added Gianni: "With the collaboration of the Department of Energy, the
Environmental Protection Agency and ENERGY STAR program, as well as
organizations like the National Resources Defense Council, we have been able
to dramatically improve the efficiency of many of our appliances. For example,
our latest refrigerators consume less energy than a 60W light bulb and are 50
percent more efficient than refrigerators from only 13 years ago. Whirlpool
believes that the world's environmental issues must be addressed in a
comprehensive way in partnership with businesses, government and organizations
such as the Alliance to Save Energy."
"Year after year Whirlpool inspires us with their creativity and passion to
take energy efficiency to new heights," said Alliance President Kateri
Callahan. "I am honored tonight to celebrate their leadership and vision in
driving energy efficiency into our homes. This prestigious award adds another
notch onto Whirlpool's already brilliant history of innovation."
To continue to reduce the environmental footprint of major home appliances,
Whirlpool Corporation introduced the first-ever suite of Smart Grid-enabled
appliances. Smart Grid appliances are a viable approach to cutting peak energy
demand and improving the reliability of the electrical grid. Smart appliances
are able to automatically modify energy consumption to avoid peak or costly
time periods, saving consumers money, whether the appliance is hooked up to a
smart meter or not. Not only will consumers save money, but by leveraging the
power of smartphones and tablets, consumers' daily chores will become even
easier and simpler.
Environmental responsibility has been core to Whirlpool Corporation's values
for more than 100 years. Whirlpool understands its impact on the environment
includes its products and how they are used in homes around the world. The
company continues to champion voluntary industry standards to promote resource
conservation without compromising consumer expectations on the performance of
their home appliances.
About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of
major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2012,
68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around
the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana,
Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly
every country around the world. Additional information about the company can
be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com.
SOURCE Whirlpool Corporation
Contact: Media: 269-923-7405 or Media@Whirlpool.com
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