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Earth Week at Abt

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Abt celebrated Earth Day on Sunday; it was quite a kick off to Earth Week.

We had so many Earth Friendly activities. Our Glenview neighbors at the Grove brought some cool snakes and turtles for everyone to get to know. Com Ed told us about their environmentally friendly programs. Dan from Garvy’s Office Supplies showed us all sorts of recycled office products. Abt gave tours of the recycling center and had Earth Day treats like granola and oatmeal raisin cookies. Kids who visited got to make sun catchers and mouse pads from recycled materials.

Abt’s goal is to make everyday Earth Day, according to Abt’s President Mike Abt. “Our goal is to have no waste, and we are close,” said Mike. “It’s a core value of the company and is demonstrated in everything we do.”

So on the heels of the Energy Star rebate program and Earth Day 2010, make sure you do your part to make this world a better place. Take a look at http://www.abt.com/green/ for information on how Abt works toward making a small carbon footprint.

To find out how you can make your home more energy efficient, check out these products and learn more: http://www.abt.com/search/search.php?keywords=energy+star.

Check back all week for Earth Week blogs!

-Kelly B.

The Energy Star Rebate Program is in Full Swing

Friday, April 16th, 2010

The scene at Abt Electronics this morning was amazing. People began lining up at the front doors starting at 5:00 am so they could be the first ones in the store.

Mike Abt spoke with Fox News Reporter, Dawn Hasbrouck, this morning about the Energy Star Rebate Program and his predictions for the rest of the day. Mike told Hasbrouck that originally he anticipated that the funds would run out by noon today. Since he has seen the turnout at our store in Glenview, he has altered his prediction considerably. Now he believes the money could run out by 10-10:30 this morning. Mike said the last time the lines were around the building was when former Chicago Blackhawk, Bobby Hull, was here signing autographs.

So hurry in to make sure that you can get your Energy Star qualified appliance before the funds run out!

-Kelly B.

Doors Open Early for the Energy Star Rebate

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Remember, tomorrow Abt opens at 7:30 am for the Energy Star rebate program. It starts tomorrow at 8 am and ends April 28th at 9 pm, or when funds run out—whichever comes first. We expect the 6.2 million dollars to run out quickly. Due to the limited funds, a cap of $400 has been put on the rebate amount per appliance. Only in-store purchases are eligible for the rebate. Energy Star qualified clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and room air conditioners from participating retailers will be eligible for the rebate.

Here are a few program rules to keep in mind:

• Only one rebate per product category, per household is allowable. For example, a customer may receive a rebate on an ENERGY STAR refrigerator as well as a qualifying dishwasher, but would not be eligible for two dishwasher rebates.
• Only Illinois residents are eligible for these rebates. Home zip code must be supplied at point of purchase.
• Rebates will not be retro-active; they will be available for only the periods announced.
• No rebate will be offered to customers who are representing a company or using corporate funding to purchase appliances. In addition, retailers will have the right to refuse to have the appliances delivered to a place of business.
• Only residential-scale equipment will qualify. Only installations in Illinois will qualify. Installations in commercial space will not be applicable.
• All appliances must be delivered by May 28, 2010 – close of business

For Disabled Citizens
Disabled individuals physically unable to make their purchases in-store may do so by calling a participating retailer. This is ONLY for persons physically unable to make their purchases in-store. The State reserves the right to revoke any and all rebates made by individuals violating or misusing this stipulation.

For more information on the Energy Star rebate program, view Abt’s Energy Star State Appliance Rebate Program information page.

-Kelly B.

Abt Discusses Appliance Rebate Program on ABC7

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Monday morning, ABC 7 News visited Abt to discuss the stimulus program for appliances, beginning Friday. Illinois received $12 million for Energy Star qualifying hot water heaters, central air conditioners, furnaces, and appliances.

The rebate began for hot water heaters, central air conditioners, and furnaces on January 31st of this year. Half of the stimulus money has already been doled out.

Beginning this Friday, April 16, any in-store purchase of Energy Star qualified clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and room air conditioners from participating retailers will be eligible for a rebate. The rebate program ends April 25th or when the funds run out.

The Illinois government has imposed a cap on the rebate program. A maximum rebate of $400 per appliance will be allowed. Prior to the new rebate cap, 15% of the cost of the appliance was going to be reimbursed. The change will enable more people to participate in the program and the funding will reach more participants. This will ensure that high-end appliance purchases will not deplete the funds too quickly.

There are a couple of ways to participate in the rebate program. You will automatically receive your rebate on Energy Star qualifying appliances at the point-of-purchase. There is an additional $75 mail-in-rebate exists for those who opt to recycle old refrigerators and freezers.

The recycling rebate must be filled out and mailed in. Those who elect to recycle their old refrigerators and freezers will pay the $29-$49 Abt fee and then they will receive the $75 after the rebate is processed.

-Kelly B.

Spring Forward

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Spring ahead with Abt. We are having a Pre-Spring Customer Appreciation Sale now through March 14th, the start of Daylight Savings Time.

Every year we lose an hour of sleep by setting our clocks ahead one hour, but we gain energy-saving environmental benefits. By better utilizing the daylight hours we save energy; everyday in March and April there is a potential to save energy equivalent to 100,000 barrels of oil. In California alone, people save a combined 11 million kilowatt hours of energy during Daylight Savings Time, enough to power 1600 homes. Just think of the collective impact on the environment. It may seem like a small amount, but over time it really adds up.

Each year when Daylight Savings Time approaches, the Abt sales specialists field hundreds of questions from customers on changing clocks and time keeping devices in the home.

It can be time consuming and frustrating if you are not familiar with how to change all of the different clocks in your home, especially because clocks aren’t the only time keepers that need to be reset. Many appliances and electronics in the home will need to be changed as well. Ovens, Microwaves, VCRs, DVD players, older TVs, watches, and clock radios will all need to spring forward. If you need help setting your clocks, come into the store or give us a call.

Come to Abt Saturday or Sunday for the Pre-Spring Customer Appreciation Sale and speak with a sales specialist with any of your questions.

-Kelly B.

Digital Frame Extraordinaire

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Panasonic unveiled a hybrid audio system on Thursday, combining an iPod dock and digital photo frame. Panasonic is calling it “the ultimate media solution for den, bedroom, dorm room, or living room.”

The $299.95 MW-10 has a built-in CD player, a 45 station FM/AM radio, a low-density bamboo cone speaker, and multi-media remote. This digital frame extraordinaire has a nine inch LCD screen. It can display photos from a CD, SD card, and its internal memory. MW-10 has 4GB of internal memory; it can hold 6,000 photos, music, and video files.

Along with features like USB connectivity to a PC, music transfer from CD-R/RW, and simultaneous music and slideshow, the MW-10 is Energy Star compliant too.

This could be the perfect holiday present for a collage student, friend, or family member who is short on space. To view Abt’s line of docking speaker stations and digital photo frames come in the showroom or visit Abt.com.

-Kelly B.

Win with Abt and Kohler this Weekend

Friday, September 11th, 2009

The Kohler Store, Fox Lighting Galleries, Lutron, Subzero, Wolf, Viking, DDK, Exotic Marble and Tile, and Avanti are all participating in a national water conservation campaign. The event in the atrium takes place at Abt Electronics this Saturday, September 12 from 10 am- 5 pm and Sunday, September 13, 2009 from 11 am-5 pm to show consumers how to cut down on water and energy consumption.

After speaking with Lynn Schrange of the Kohler Store, I realized how little that I knew about how water is wasted in a home.

Lynn pointed out that our planet is made up of 75% water, although only less than 1% is ok to drink. We need to really work on keeping our water supply safe—there’s not that much there. In homes, we can save up to 39,000 gallons per year by making small—almost unnoticeable changes to our lives. 39,000 gallons is enough drinking water for a family of four for an entire year or enough to fill a swimming pool.

The first change the Save Water America Campaign tells us to make is get a low flow faucet and turn off water when it’s not in use (like when we are brushing our teeth). That can save 14, 700 gallons of water per year. Next, installing a low-flow shower head can conserve 7,700 gallons per year. Most impressive, if we were to install low flow toilets and remove leaky ones, we could save 16,500 gallons of water each year.

Lynn also told me about a simple quiz about water conservation that is on the Kohler website. If you take this simple 90-second quiz, one dollar will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

There will be prizes, drawings, and products available for purchase. All of the items that are available for purchase are eligible for free delivery and there are installation options for all of the energy conserving products!

For more information on the Kohler Event click here. For more information about Save Water America click here. Go to Abt.com to check out Energy Star Products. To take the 90-second quiz for Habitat for Humanity click here.

-Kelly B.

Add It Up, Energy Star Numbers Don't Lie

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Take $680 off your annual energy bills plus spend half of what you’ve been spending on the energy to power your refrigerator, and 10% less on air conditioning. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Joe Klett, a manager at Abt electronics, has recently pointed out that’s all possible—just by switching out old energy-sucking appliances, and buying new Energy Star appliances. According to Klett, appliances account for 17 percent of the energy consumed in homes each year. Can you imagine on top of that, 75 percent of the energy used by home electrics are burned when they are powered off, but left plugged in. Sounds like throwing money away to me.

Klett points out that Energy Star appliances help save consumers money. Energy Star was a program born of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Department of Energy to help everyone save money as well as benefit the environment. According to Energystar.org, “Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2008 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 29 million cars — all while saving $19 billion on their utility bills.”

Abt carries various Energy Star appliances and we have many highly-educated appliance specialists. Come in and check out all of our environmentally (and wallet) friendly Energy Star appliances!

To read more about Energy Star appliances: Click Here.

-Kelly B.

Dollars for Dishwashers???

Friday, August 28th, 2009


“Cash for Appliances” is the latest Federal stimulus program. Similar to the “Cash for Clunkers” program, the government is hoping to stimulate the economy and help consumers save money in the long run with Energy Star appliances.

According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal (where Abt’s showroom was featured), each state will individually determine how much of a $50 to $200 rebate will be offered for specific energy-saving appliances.

Abt’s General Manager, Mark Cook, spoke with both ABC and NBC’s local news stations about the latest incentive program on August 26, 2009.

Abt is currently offering great deals on Energy Star Appliances, contact any Abt appliance specialist for details. Click Here

For more information on the new Federal Program, “Cash for Appliances,” Click here

Also, to read more on “Cash for Appliances” follow the link to the Wall Street Journal Article, Click here

 

-Kelly B.