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Samsung Electronics Named 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Samsung Electronics has been named 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in the Product Manufacturing Category by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By offering 960 ENERGY STAR-qualified models across multiple product categories, including more televisions than all other consumer electronics brands, Samsung was selected out of the 20,000 participating ENERGY STAR organizations for its outstanding contributions in ongoing employee, retailer, and distributor training programs, as well as consumer education campaigns and recycling efforts.

Abt’s Energy Solutions Center Tour

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

For anyone who has ever heard of Abt, or has even stepped into our store in Glenview, IL, it’s hard not to notice our dedication to helping the environment.  Abt hosted an energy solutions tour sponsored by Com Ed recently that informed customers of energy saving tips and were asked to fill out surveys explaining their daily energy uses.  A visitor to the tour even mentioned that they were convinced to do away with their old energy guzzling fridge and purchase an Energy Star efficient fridge.

We are pleased with the turnout and hope everyone was informed of some great energy saving tips.  Check out Abt’s Green Initiatives for more information.

Reminder – Tomorrow's the IL Cash For Appliances Day (Part III)

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

IL Energy Star Rebate Program

Don’t forget that tomorrow at 7am, our doors open for the last leg of Illinois’ Cash for Appliances stimulus initiative.  Illinois residents will receive an additional 15% off select Energy Star qualified appliances, up to $250.  Orders will be processed beginning at 8am until the funds run out.  For more information, visit our page to learn more.  See you bright and early tomorrow morning!

-Jennifer A.

IL Appliance Rebate Part Two – September 24

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Are you ready for Round 2?  Here at Abt, we definitely are!  For one day only (Friday, September 24th), you can be one of thousands of IL residents to use part of the remaining $3 million in stimulus funds.  Illinois residents can receive 15% instantly (up to $250 per category) on Energy-Star qualified appliances.  Just like the Cash for Appliances Day in April, this money is given out first come, first serve.  Below are some things you will need to know about this program.

  • Promotion takes place on Friday, September 24th.  Once the funds are gone, they are gone.
  • Abt opens at 7am, with tickets being processed at 8am.
  • A 15% off instant discount, up to $250.  Customers may receive one rebate for each product category.
  • Only for Energy-Star qualified appliances (refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, and dishwashers).
  • Rebate only available to IL residents who are replacing their existing appliance.  Customer will sign a Terms & Conditions sheet certifying the purchase is for a replacement.
  • Residential customers only.  Customers paying with a corporate credit card, check or buying account are not eligible.
  • Program is for in-store sales only.  No online sales or phone-in sales.
  • One appliance per category per visit.
  • Disabled individuals who are unable to physically make their purchase in-store may order over the phone.
  • If you have any questions, please contact us at 888.228.5800 or leave a comment below.  For more information, you can visit the IL Department of Commerce site or this Chicago Sun-Times article.

    -Jennifer A.

    What Appliance Uses The Most Energy In Your Home?

    Monday, July 19th, 2010

    HVAC at Abt

    Hello again, I’m back with more green tips for you!

    Last time we talked about your refrigerator which uses the second most energy of any appliance in your home.  What’s the first?  Your HVAC system.  At this time of year it is your air conditioner using the bulk of your electricity.  I thought we should take a moment to review what you can do to get the most from your AC.

    • If you are buying a new AC, of course buying an energy star unit should be your first choice.
    • If buying central air, get the highest SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) you can.  The higher the number, the less energy you will use.
    • Add a programmable thermostat to your existing central air unit.  That way you can program it to cool your house around the times you are actually there.  No reason for the AC to be running full tilt when no one is there.
    • If adding a window unit, try to place it in a window that is in the shade.  Placing your window unit AC in direct sunlight can reduce its efficiency by up to 10%.
    • If you don’t have shade, plant a tree or two.  Trees naturally cool the air and will cut the heat generated by the sun significantly.  Not to mention trees clean pollution from the air!
    • Can’t plant trees?  Install vinyl shades and opaque drapes to your windows.  Both of these can drastically reduce interior temperatures and allow less use of the AC.
    • Don’t run heat generating appliances like dishwashers, clothes dryers, or ovens during the hottest times of the day.  Save those chores for the morning or evening.  The added heat just makes your AC run even harder.
    • Change your light bulbs.  Incandescent light bulbs emit a good amount of heat.  Going to CFL or LED light bulbs can reduce the heat output of your bulbs by 65-80%.
    • Finally, don’t run the AC when the temperature outside is at or below what you have your AC set at.  Open up those windows and let mother nature cool your house for you.  Best of all, she won’t send you a bill!

    Stay green and stay cool everyone.

    -Tim S.

    Refrigerator Buying Tips

    Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

    Refrigerators at Abt

    Hello!  It’s Tim again and I’m back with more green tips for you!

    Today, with the current heat level around here, I thought I’d talk about refridgerators.  After your HVAC system, your fridge uses the most energy of any appliance in your home.

    When buying a new or replacement fridge, keep these things in mind:

    • Buy an energy star unit.  The slightly higher purchase price will be offset by your lower energy bill in the long run.
    • If you are in the process of planning product placement, keep the fridge away from heat registers and out of direct sunlight.
    • Look at a French door unit.  When the kids, or you, go to peruse the fridge for what you may want to eat, only having half of a door open lets less cold out than having a full door open.  This is one of the biggest benefits of a French door unit.  Plus they look great!

    When using the fridge you should:

    • Plan on what you want before opening the fridge.  Standing with the door open quickly raises the temperature and makes your fridge work harder than needed.
    • Plan when putting your groceries away.  Separate which products go into the fridge or freezer.  Then, only open each door once to put it all away.  This is much better than opening a door for each individual item.
    • Keep the fridge at 36-38 degrees.  This is the sweet spot for energy efficiency.
    • Check the seal around the door.  Make sure it is in good condition, seals all the way around, and that nothing is keeping the door from closing all the way.
    • Let your leftovers cool on the counter before putting them in the fridge.  Putting hot food in the fridge is a sure way to increase your energy use.

    With summer here, your fridge will get lots of use taking care of you by giving you cold drinks and ice to cool off.  Take care of your fridge by helping it to work as little as possible! For more information on choosing a fridge, view our Refrigerator Video Buying Guide.

    Stay green!

    -Tim S.

    My Latest Abt Purchase – The Maytag MFI2269SS Refrigerator

    Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
    Receive up to $600 when you purchase select Maytag Appliances

    Receive up to $600 when you purchase select Maytag Appliances

    My name is Steve Pawlak and I want to talk about my most recent Abt purchase. I was in the market for an energy efficient, French door refirgerator with a water dispenser. Using our site, I easily found one that fit the bill.

    The MFI2269SS is everything I wanted! Stainless steel, enery-efficient and a great price. The ice and water dispenser is awesome. Getting cold, filtered water whenever I want is very convenient, especially during the humid Chicago summer.

    Right now, Maytag has a mail-in rebate of up to $600 when purchasing select Maytag appliances which ends this Saturday. So if you are looking for a new fridge or multiple products I would give them a look.

    -Steve P.

    Energy Star 4.0, New TV Standards for 2010

    Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

    April 16th, the day the Energy Star Rebate program for appliances began and ended in IL, consumers saw the importance and popularity of the Energy Star rating system. Not only is the Energy Star revolution going to make this world a better place, but also it will make paying energy bills each month a little less daunting.

    Just a few days ago, May 1st, Energy Star standards changed for TVs. Previously, a 50” TV could meet Energy Star 3.0 requirements as long as it didn’t consume more than 318 watts. Now under Energy Star 4.0’s stringent standards, the same size TV can’t exceed burning more than 153 watts—just less than half of Energy Star 3.0 requirements. Energy Star 4.0 will also demand TVs not burn more than one single watt of energy while in sleep or standby mode.

    Major TV manufacturers were prepared for the new Energy Star requirements. Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, and others are all producing TVs to meet the new stricter standards.

    What does this mean for you? By burning less energy, you will reduce your monthly energy bill as well as release fewer greenhouse gasses into the environment. The new Energy Star standards will reduce energy consumption by 40%.

    Energy Star 4.0 requirements are far from where they need to be. If you are hesitant to purchase an Energy Star 4.0 model anticipating Energy Star 5.0, consider that you will have to wait until May of 2012. Manufacturers will have until then to produce TVs that are 60% more energy efficient than models produced prior to May 1, 2010.

    -Kelly B.

    Earth Day Guest Blog From Tim S.

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

    What type of Earth Day celebration would it be without discussing water??? It covers most of our planet, humans are made mostly of water, no living thing can survive without it, and most people spend more on it (per gallon) than on gas. Did you know bottled water costs anywhere from $7-$18 per gallon?

    Here are some tips on reducing water usage and saving money in the process:

    1 Buy a fridge that is Energy Star rated and has a filtered water dispenser. Get reusable bottles and stop paying for bottled water! On top of that, Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles per hour, that’s 21,900,000,000 plastic bottles a year. Not only will you save thousands of dollars per year, but you will create significantly less waste too.

    2 Buy a front loading washing machine. They use, on average, half of the water a top loader uses and 68% less electricity. These units not only pay for themselves over time, but also clean your clothes better.

    3 Purchase an energy star rated dishwasher. When the dishwasher is not full, either wait until it’s full, or use the half load option that many new dishwashers come equipped with.. Either way, you will conserve water.

    4 Turn your water heater down. Water heaters come pre-set from the factory at about 140-150 degrees. That is hot enough to cause 3rd degree burns on a child in 3 seconds. If you turn your water heater down to 110 degrees, it’s not only safer, but you will significantly reduce the amount of energy your water heater is using.

    Get out there and have a great Earth Day!!!

    Tim S.

    Appliance Rebate Money Gone in the Blink of an Eye

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

    The Energy Star appliance rebate program slated to run from April 16-25th was a huge success. Millions of consumers all over the United States opted to get new energy saving appliances as well as heating and cooling systems for their homes. The rebate program was so successful that it lasted a mere 10 hours in Illinois.

    The New York Times discussed the successes and failures of the program in an article yesterday. “Illinois took another approach, pushing all of the paperwork hassles onto retailers, which were required to give instant rebates to the customer and recover the funds from the state. “It was easier on the customer,” said Michael Abt, president of Abt Electronics in the Chicago area.

    Mr. Abt said that the state paid his company promptly after the first phase of rebates in January, which applied to heaters and hot water heaters, and he expected to get paid within a month for Friday’s phase, which covered other appliances.“ (New York Times¹)

    In other states, consumers had to spend hours online and on the phone reserving their rebates. There were many flaws and consumers suffered the most, even though they were the ones that this program intended to help.

    Did you participate in the program? Did everything go as expected or did you have a hassle? Let me know!

    Kelly B.

    1. Zeller Jr., Tom and Skipp, Catherine. “Appliance Rebates Come and Go, Quickly.” The New York Times 19 April 2010:http://www.nytimes.com 19 April 2010. 20 April 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/20/business/energy-environment/20rebate.html