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Sears and GE Get Connected With iPhone App

Oct. 19, 2012

Sears will be the first retailer to offer GE's innovative Brillion-enabled products that will give consumers easy control over 60 percent of their home's energy usage for exceptional savings, convenience and peace of mind and it can all be done remotely via the GE Nucleus Home Manager's iPhone app.

Over 100 Sears stores in the Northeast will offer the GE Get Connected Starter Kit, plus the GE programmable thermostat and GE's award-winning GeoSpring(TM) Hybrid Water Heater, all with Brillion technology, in one location. Consumers can look for this retail display in stores or can find more information online.

Starting today, over 100 Sears stores in the Northeast will offer the GE Get Connected Starter Kit, plus the GE programmable thermostat and GE's award-winning GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater, all with Brillion technology, in one location.

"Sears can now offer shoppers in these markets unprecedented insight into and control over their home energy use by getting connected with GE Brillion products, said Steven Haber, president of appliances and SVP at Sears Holdings. "This makes it easy and compelling for our customers to save money on their energy bills and is an excellent example of how Sears is committed to offering products to our customers that improve their lifestyle and help them save money in the process."

The Get Connected Starter Kit includes the GE Nucleus Home Manager that gives consumers visibility into their household energy use and the GE Appliance Communication Module that will enable remote control of GE's Brillion-enabled appliances. These devices will allow consumers to receive text or email alerts, enable remote-control capability and track each appliance's energy usage.

The GE programmable thermostat with Brillion technology also offers greater convenience and energy control with programmable scheduling functionality from your desktop computer and remote access from an iPhone. The first GE appliance to work with the Get Connected Starter Kit is the GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater.

The GeoSpring hybrid technology saves 62 percent more energy over a traditional electric water heater which creates an annual savings of about $325. Now, the GeoSpring can do more than save money, it can be controlled remotely and can send you messages, like maintenance alerts, when needed. Other compatible appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, dryers and refrigerators will be added to the Brillion-enabled suite of appliances in the coming months.

"We are thrilled that Sears is the first retailer to offer our GE and Brillion-enabled products," said Dave McCalpin, GE Appliances manager of home energy management. "Providing a connected solution that allows consumers to take control of their home and gain insight, convenience and peace of mind to help them live more productive lives while saving money, will offer shoppers a unique solution that they can only get at Sears."

About GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heaters

The GeoSpring's hybrid technology is designed to absorb heat in ambient air and transfer it into the water. Since moving heat uses much less energy than what's needed to generate radiant heat as used in a conventional electric tank water heater the GeoSpring is more economical to operate.

Other features of the GeoSpring:

Includes same water and electrical connections as the standard electric water heater, making it easy to install.

Provides the same amount of hot water as traditional 50-gallon standard electric water heaters.

Integrated electronics on the GeoSpring's control panel offer exclusive features, such as Vacation mode, which will lower the water temperature to 50 degrees for the duration of a trip and then automatically re-energize itself the day before the homeowner's return.

Offers additional control over water temperature by allowing consumers to adjust the temperature setting in one-degree increments from 100 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Save more than your energy costs with a rebate

To see if you are eligible for a rebate, please visit GE Appliances' new Rebate Finder, which easily allows consumers to see rebates by appliance model that may be available in their area. From, simply enter your zip code and select Water Heaters in the product field to view rebate details and submit.

Source: Copyright Business Wire 2012

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