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AHAM Publishes New 2009 Year-End Data Reports

AHAM updated three industry data reports to include 2009 year-end data.  These reports are the Distributor Sales by State, History of Dollar Value, and Major Appliance Annual Trends.

The Distributor Sales by State report includes a listing of major appliance shipments by product distributed to each state for 2009.  The History of Dollar Value report provides estimated annual Major Home Appliance Industry Domestic Dollar Sales from 1988-2009.  These numbers are based on manufacturer dollar value and shipments.  Finally, annual major appliance shipment data from 1989-2009 is available in the Major Appliance Annual Trends report.

AHAM data reports are available for purchase in the AHAM store.

Have you tried a rice cooker?

The rice cooker is one of the most convenient kitchen items you may be overlooking. 

More and more people are discovering the rice cooker, including celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.  A recent AHAM study shows that only 23%
of households have a rice cooker, and 73% of those people got theirs
within the past four years.

In his weekly column "Wolfgang's Kitchen," he proclaims his loyalty to the "humble rice cooker" and shares recipes for other dishes that can be made with this small appliance.  Wolfgang enjoys making perfectly cooked rice with little effort and freeing up a burner on his cooktop.  Read his column for some expert tips on cooking rice, macaroni and cheese and his recipe for macaroni and cheese with wild mushrooms. 

Update from Egypt: Montreal Protocol Meetings

Kevin Egypt

The Parties of the Montreal Protocol reconvened today to continue its
discussions. The morning agenda included several items that generally
do not affect AHAM members such as nominations for essential-use
exemptions for 2010 and 2011, amendments to the handbook on
essential-use nominations, and issues related to methyl bromide.  The
Technology & Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) also presented a
report that included various matters, including alternatives to HCFCs
in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sectors in developing
countries.

On a more pertinent note to the appliance industry, contact groups, or
break out sessions were formed to create dialogue on important
issues.   AHAM participated in the “High GWP alternatives to ODS and
proposed amendment?? contact group and presented the highlights of the
North American proposal to address HFCs in the Montreal Protocol.  The
group members asked questions related to the financial, legal and
political impact of the North American proposal. 

**Updated with a photo from Egypt! 

  

AHAM Attending Montreal Protocol Meetings in Egypt

AHAM's VP, Government Relations, Kevin Messner, will be attending the Twenty-First Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer from November 4-8 in Port Ghalib, Egypt.  During the meetings, AHAM will be focused on the HFC phase-down discussions and the North American amendment to deal with HFCs.

Check back next week when Kevin will be able to share some of AHAM's accomplishments during the meeting. 

Research Shows Increase in Coffeemaker Usage

A new consumer research study published by AHAM details the impact of the US economy on portable appliance usage among owners of small appliances.

According to the research, 26% of espresso/cappuccino coffeemaker owners stated that they have used their appliance significantly more in the past 1-2 years due to the economy.  Also, 21% of single-serve coffeemaker owners have used more on this appliance more due to economic conditions. Only 9% of auto-drip coffeemaker owners have used their appliance more frequently. 

57% of espresso/cappuccino coffeemaker owners said that they somewhat or strongly agree that they use their appliance to save money over coffeeshop prices.   Espresso/cappuccino coffeemaker owners may be saving up to $1,000 per year by brewing their coffee at home! 

AHAM’s new Portable Appliance Saturation and Usage Study is based on a nationally representative sample of more than 2,500 households and was conducted by The Stevenson Company for AHAM members.

Also, check out Good Housekeeping's take on low-cost espresso makers.  They also give their ratings to 19 different models that are all under $100.

Benefits of Recycling your “Beer Fridge”

Beerfridge According to the Steel Recycling Institute SRI, 90% of appliances in 2008 were recycled for their valuable metal.  Tuesday morning’s post in the NY Times Green Inc. blog discusses a “cash for clunkers?? type program where states offer rebates for “beer fridges,?? which are older less efficient units that could be using more than triple the amount of energy than a modern unit of average efficiency.  According to the post, “Utilities commonly estimate that homeowners can save up to $150 a year on their electricity bill by dumping their old refrigerator or freezer…. In addition, refrigerators made before the mid-1990s may also emit ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons.?? 

For refrigerator recycling options in your area, call 1-800-YES-1-CAN.

AHAM Publishes Major Appliance Historical Data Tables

AHAM has updated and published its Major Appliance Historical Tables, which includes major appliance shipment data from the first year shipments were tracked through the end of 2008.  This unique data set includes total shipments of products that are imported, exported and produced domestically. 

Analysts will see monthly data for major appliance categories beginning in the 1970’s through the present and annual data for most categories from the 1940’s or earlier.  According to the historical data, in 1948, 700,000 clothes washers were shipped.

The Major Appliance Historical Tables are available for purchase in the AHAM Store.  

Breakfast with Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

ChaffetzI attended a small breakfast meeting this morning with Congressman Chaffetz, who is a Republican member from Utah and is a member of the Judiciary, Natural Resources and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.

Chaffetz is a freshman Member of Congress who says that his success in the election was due to grassroots effort and using social media outlets such as Facebook and YouTube.

I informed him about the recent release of funding for the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, in which Utah may participate if the state energy office sends their initial application to the Department of Energy by August 15.  The Congressman was not aware of the release of the solicitation for this program and appreciated learning about it.  The Congressman, in jest, was disappointed, as he just purchased a new refrigerator and cooktop.  I reassured him that there is no reason for him to have buyer’s remorse because he would be seeing savings in his utility bill due to the fact that the average energy use of a new refrigerator is about the same as a 60W light bulb left on 24 hours a day.

Frozen Food Safety

NBC 4 in Washington, D.C. recently broadcast a segment on frozen food safety where consumer reporter Liz Crenshaw tested a variety of frozen food products.  She reminds consumers that it is essential to follow the manufacturers' instructions when cooking a frozen meal in the microwave or conventional oven.  Some foods may need to sit after cooking to ensure the proper internal temperature is reached.  Know your microwave wattage, use a thermometer and follow the instructions exactly.   Watch the video below to see the full segment:

AHAM has more information about microwave ovens under the consumer information section of our web site.

BIG NEWS! DOE INITIATES APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM

Today the Department of Energy announced the funding for the Energy Efficient Appliance Consumer Rebate Program, which will deliver direct rebates to consumers for the purchase of ENERGY STAR appliances.  AHAM has been working with the DOE since this program was first announced in the stimulus bill, a.k.a the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, as we believe it is the most practical and effective step a homeowner can take to increase energy efficiency of their home and immediately reduce utility bills.   

 

Now, it is up to each State Energy Office to register its interest in obtaining funding for this program.  Several states already have announced that they will be applying for the funding.  Arizonans could get $6.2 million for appliances!   Missouri and Kansas are lining up for their share of the funding.  Residents of New Mexico are ready to help stimulate the economy and decrease their energy bills with their share of the funding, amounting to $2 million.  


AHAM encourages the states to submit their plans to DOE early to put money in their residents’ hands as quickly as possible.   

If you are in the market for a new appliance, tell us what you think, and which appliance you will buy first.