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AHAM Welcomes New Staff Members

AHAM has added two new staff,  James L. Cigler, Director of Product Certification and Verification and Jennifer E. Cleary, Director of Regulatory Affairs. 

Jim will oversee AHAM’s ongoing and new appliance rating certification and verification programs. AHAM currently administers programs for room air conditioners, dehumidifiers and room air cleaners and is developing programs for refrigerators and freezers and portable air conditioners.

Jennifer brings her expertise to AHAM’s Government Relations Department.  She is familiar with AHAM’s mission and scope through her prior role as AHAM legal counsel where she practiced in the Antitrust and Federal Regulation section of Mintz Levin.

You can find contact information for all AHAM staff members on the AHAM website.

Your appliances can help you keep cool during this summer scorcher

While much of the East coast is dealing with a severe heat wave, not even a day at the pool can provide relief of triple digit temperatures.  Keeping your home cool can also be a challenge for those who want to conserve energy. 

A local Maryland newspaper, hometownannapolis.com recently published an article with lots of helpful tips to make your home feel cooler while using less energy.  Some of their tips include using a dehumidifier to make your home feel cooler and running appliances like your dishwasher at night.  Read the full article for lots of strategic ideas to keep your home cool this summer!

Appliance Industry Cites Benefits of Appliance Rebate Programs

AHAM credits the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Programs (SEEARP), funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with delivering the promised benefits of stimulating economic activity. The program has been very successful in encouraging U.S. consumers to purchase ENERGY STAR appliances, but its modest funding and complicated rollout limited its effectiveness in saving consumers energy and money.

Many AHAM members have pointed to a significant increase in demand for the ENERGY STAR appliances included in the rebate program.  AHAM’s April factory shipment report shows a nearly 20 percent increase in shipments of major home appliances compared to April 2009.  Year to date, shipments of core appliances are up 9.1 percent following four consecutive years of declines. 

Major retailers have confirmed that the rebate program has helped bring consumers back into stores.  While the $300 million funding for the rebate program was significantly less than other stimulus programs, the return of consumers to stores also helped stimulate the purchase of goods other than appliances. 

AHAM’s assessment of the SEEARP program is that it has been a success but that its modest funding and complicated rollout limited its effectiveness in saving consumers energy and money and stimulating economic activity. AHAM also recommends a single, national rebate program instead of 50 separate state programs, each requiring separate DOE approval and related administrative costs.  A consistent nationwide program would make it much easier for manufacturers to partner with retailers to develop promotional campaigns to make consumers aware of the rebates. 

Read more on AHAM's view of the SEEARP program at www.aham.org.

Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for your Appliances

In order to get the most from your household appliances, you need to show them a little love in return.  Regular maintenance will keep your appliances running in top shape and keep them running longer. The New York Times recently published an article with tips to take care of your dishwasher, refrigerator, ovens, vacuums and more.

“Appliance maintenance does not take long — and best of all, it can
extend the lifespan of an appliance,” the article correctly states.  Always consult your use and care manual first, and follow these tips in The Fix when you are doing your routine house cleaning this spring.

You can also visit www.aham.org/consumer for more information on appliance care.

AHAM Congratulates Industry Achievement Award Winners

AHAM honored its volunteer leaders for their service and leadership to the industry and to the Association during "Forward Focus," AHAM's annual member meeting held in Litchfield Park, AZ, April 25-26.

The industry’s top honor, the Home Appliance Industry Leadership (HAIL) Award was presented to Charles R. Smith, Technology R&D Director – Government Policy & Regulatory at GE Appliances & Lighting. Mr. Smith received the award for his work as the chair of AHAM’s Smart Grid Task Force and the accomplishments of the Task Force in 2009.

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AHAM awarded the Chairman’s Partnership Award to two recipients, the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and industry consultant, Graham Capron-Tee.

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The AHAM Distinguished Service Award recognizes significant contributions by virtue of longevity and quality of service to AHAM and the home appliance industry. This year the award was presented to Sylvan Amos, Engineering Manager, GPO Technology at Whirlpool Corporation, Daniel Miller, Senior Engineer – Lab Manager at TTI Floor Care, and the members of AHAM’s Smart Grid Task Force.  


AHAM also introduced its Emerging Leader Award, to recognize and encourage service and volunteer leadership among members of AHAM.  Members recognized were Larry Bell, Manager of Product Safety for BSH Home Appliances Corporation, Tom Thompson, Vice President of Technology for Electrolux Home Products, and Cheri Wright, Director of Marketing for Kaz, Inc. 

Congratulations and thank you to all members for a very successful meeting!

AHAM will co-sponsor New Connected Home Appliance TechZone at 2011 CES

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced the launch of the Connected Home Appliances TechZone at the 2011 International CES®,  the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow. The Connected Home Appliances TechZone, co-sponsored by CEA, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and The Retail Observer magazine, will feature 10,000 square feet of exhibit space in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center for manufacturers of next-generation appliances. The 2011 International CES will be held January 6-9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

AHAM President Joseph McGuire stated: "The home is an essential
component to an effective smart grid. Smart appliances and consumer
electronics will allow consumers to save money on their electric bill
and use energy in a more environmentally friendly manner. Already a
leader in energy efficiency and the smart grid, the appliance industry
is paving the way with smart technologies for demand-response capable
appliances.  In addition to smart grid enabled appliances, the pavilion
will showcase other products and technologies that will appeal to savvy
consumers.  The world’s leading technology trade show is the ideal venue
for AHAM members and other appliance manufacturers to showcase these
technologies and the connected home concept."

The Connected Home Appliances TechZone will feature major and portable household appliances and innovative technologies that integrate
with other electronics products to improve consumers’ health and
productivity while reducing their environmental impact.

Less is more when it comes to detergent

NBC Washington, with the help of AHAM and the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), aired a segment last week on how much detergent people should be using to wash their clothes.  You may be surprised to see most people use about twice the recommended amount!  Watch the video below to see some tips from the experts to keep your clothes fresh and your clothes washer running smoothly.

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcwashington.com/video.

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. 

NPR Talks Appliance Rebate with AHAM

AHAM was intervied by NPR's Weekend Edition last Sunday to discuss the Department of Energy's (DOE) stimulus program for ENERGY STAR appliances.  Jill Notini, AHAM's VP Communications and Marketing, went on the air with guest host Jacki Lyden where she explained exactly how this "Cash for Appliances" rebate program will work, when you can get your rebate, and how much you can get for purchasing a new energy efficient appliance. 

Listen to the interview here!

Cash for Appliances on NPR