In the small, unimposing town of New Bern, NC (infamously known as the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola) lies the only US appliance manufacturer with complete lines of Energy Star-certified dishwashers, washers, and refrigerators — Bosch. That’s right, the German Company. Surprised? It was the first of many surprises I discovered while touring their US manufacturing facility. Here are five lessons learned from Bosch that have me taking a second look at my appliances, where they come from, and what they are or are not doing for the environment.
Imagine a room filled with 50 dishwashers running through their various different cycles — do you think you could hear a pin drop? That might just be possible if they’re Bosch’s latest 800 Plus Dishwashers, which feature a LED indicator light that shines on the floor when it’s closed so you can tell whether or not the machine is actually running. If, like me, you are wondering why Bosch has so many machines running at once, you will be interested to hear that Bosch runs performance tests on each and every one of their machines prior to packaging and shipping to retailers. When looking a machine’s performance you have to decide what’s most important for you. If it’s efficiency you’re looking for, don’t stop at the Energy Star label. With so many products now sporting this government-backed certification, it is important to look at the small print and really asses how much electricity and water is being used each cycle. Which leads us to our next lesson…
2. Cost Savings in Efficiency & Rebate Programs
Cost savings do not depend solely upon the initial purchase price — they should also include the overall performance of the appliance itself. Bosch’s latest Vision line features the most energy and water-efficient full-sized front-load washers that are available in the U.S. (They also happen to be available in a variety of cool colors including: sliver, anthracite, sky, and sepia.)
A lot of manufacturers are offering additional rebates to those looking to make green changes in their homes. One quick way to find available rebates it to check out the SEEARP (State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program). Bosch also has an available Rebate Resource Center for consumers to learn all about government, retailer, and Bosch rebates that are currently available.