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Lowe's Gives Consumers Tools to Monitor Appliance and Home Energy Use
Sep 15, 2010
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Appliance retailer Lowe’s will expand its Energy Center concept to all its U.S. stores, offering consumers products that measure, reduce, and generate energy at one in-store location.

Among the products offered to consumers with ample sunny, south-facing roof space is Westinghouse Solar’s 180-watt AC solar panels, costing just under $900 per panel. The product won the 2009 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Product Award.

Also among the products is the Kill A Watt EZ from P3 International, measuring appliance energy use via the electrical outlet and reporting cost-to-operate by week, month, or year. It also measures how much money the device uses in standby modes.

Lowe's pointed to EPA data that estimates the average U.S. household spends more than $500 in five years to power devices while they are "off" (or in standby mode). To address this, the center offers Bye Bye Standby from Choose Renewables – a set of remote-controlled outlets to allow for remote-controlled switch-off of appliances and electronic devices. Devices can be switched of individually, or together.

The center will also offer the handheld Black & Decker Thermal Leak Detector for finding in-home energy leaks. An LED light changes color to indicate changes in temperature around windows, doors, and in the attic. Other products include programmable thermostats, dimmer switches, solar flashlights and battery maintainers, energy saving light bulbs, caulking, weatherstripping, insulation,

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