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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

Safety-Proof Your Cooking Style This Thanksgiving

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Millions of families are looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday next week, but remember to be extra cautious in the kitchen as you prepare your Thanksgiving dinner.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking
fires are the top cause of home fires and are three times as likely to
occur on Thanksgiving Day compared to any other day of the year.

"A cooking fire can turn a holiday feast into a family tragedy," says
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "By
taking simple safety steps cooks can avoid cooking fires and keep the
Thanksgiving celebration joyful."

AHAM and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have teamed up to offer you expert advice and how to prevent cooking fires, and what to do if an accident does occur while cooking.  Click here to read safety tips for everyone from first-time cooks to the experienced Thanksgiving chefs who can do it all!

You can also watch a video that shows how quickly a fire can spread on a gas range. Skip ahead to the 2:00 minute mark to see how to properly contain the fire and to the 2:45 mark for safety tips from John Drengenberg of UL where he explains what to do if one of your pans catch on fire.  

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

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. 

Tips to heat your home safely this winter

New data released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in September shows that most injuries from fires involving
heating equipment occurred when the user was asleep or when a child under 10 was
left unsupervised with the equipment.  AHAM wants to remind consumers to never leave an operating heater
unattended and always unplug heater when you are not using it! 

Check out www.heatersafety.org for the full list of heater safety tips and request a free "Stay Safe! Top Tips for using your Portable Electric Heater Safely!" brochure in English or Spanish.  You can also order large quatities of the brochures and AHAM's "Safety Educator Tool Kit" online at www.aham.org/safetyinfo

Stay warm, be smart and stay safe while enjoying your portable electric heater!

AHAM Representing Appliance Industry at US-China Safety Summit

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Director Office of International Programs and Intergovernmental Affairs has selected AHAM as a “stakeholder?? participant to accompany the CPSC delegation to 3rd Biennial United States – China Consumer Product Safety Summit in Wuxi, Shanghai, and Beijing, China, October 21-26.   The delegation will be led by CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.

Wayne Morris, AHAM’s Vice President of Division Services, and other members of the delegation, will provide input to CPSC and the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) as they identify and discuss measures to ensure that US importers and Chinese suppliers establish a comprehensive and systemic approach to preventing and detecting safety hazards in consumer products. 

To find out what the delegation is doing, you can read Chairman Tenenbaum's thoughts on the CPSC blog On Safety, where the Chairman will be reporting back each day.

Stop, Collaborate and Listen – AHAM at GridWeek

Matt Williams, AHAM's Director of Standards, has returned from GridWeek 2009, where he spent a lot of time gathering information and discussing how groups, including AHAM, are collaborating to introduce Smart technologies into the home.  Watch this video for a snippet of some attendee thoughts:

AHAM will soon release a white paper on the role of home appliances in the smart grid and the major benefits for consumers and the environment.

In the meantime, read the Wall Street Journal's recent article on Smart Grid, which includes remarks by AHAM on these consumer and environmental benefits.