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EPA and DOE Name Maytag Appliances ENERGY STAR(R) 2002 Partner of the Year

Submitted by: Maytag Corporation

Categories: Environment

Posted: Mar 24, 2002 – 11:00 PM EST


Mar. 24 /CSRwire/ - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy(DOE)have named Maytag Appliances as an ENERGY STAR(R) Partner of the Year for its commitment to making and selling energy-efficient products that save consumers money on energy and water bills. Maytag will be recognized at a special 10th Anniversary awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 26, 2002.

Maytag (NYSE: MYG) is being honored for its leadership in manufacturing and promoting products that carry the ENERGY STAR label. Its high efficiency products include the Maytag Neptune(R), the world's first washer and dryer that saves time and money, provides customized clothing care and features touchscreen controls, and the Maytag Wide-By-Side(TM) refrigerator, which has the newest interior configuration of the past 40 years. In 2000, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR and its partners, saved enough energy to power 10 million homes and reduce air pollution equivalent to that from 10 million cars.

In addition to its superior high efficiency products, Maytag's ongoing education efforts and support of energy conservation are key initiatives that ENERGY STAR applauds. Activities include sponsoring the Making Music Matter concert tour, developing and distributing education materials, a mobile marketing truck tour that demonstrates Maytag appliances and their energy savings and grass roots efforts designed to increase awareness.

"ENERGY STAR offers consumers an opportunity to buy energy-efficient products that will save money without sacrificing the features, quality and personal comfort that today's consumers expect," said Kristi Lafrenz, Maytag brand manager. "We are pleased to work with ENERGY STAR to provide our customers with high-quality, high energy-efficient products that help conserve
water and energy."

The ENERGY STAR Award is given to a variety of organizations to recognize their efforts to manufacture or sell products that provide significant cost savings to consumers and help protect the environment. This year, the ENERGY STAR program is celebrating a decade of environmental protection through voluntary participation by leading United States businesses and organizations.

"On ENERGY STAR's 10th Anniversary, we are proud to acknowledge Maytag as a leader in manufacturing and promoting energy-efficient products. In the last decade, more than 750 million Energy Star products have been sold," said Kathleen Hogan, director of EPA's Climate Protection Partnership Division. "These products have brought great savings to people across the country while helping to protect the environment for future generations."

About Maytag

Maytag has been active in the ENERGY STAR program since 1997, when it became the first ENERGY STAR appliance manufacturing partner. In addition to winning the Appliance Partner Award in 1998 and the Leadership Award in 1999, it was the first and only company to become both a manufacturing and retail partner when all Maytag Home Appliance Centers across the country signed on as ENERGY STAR Retail Partners in 2000. Maytag offers a full line of innovative, high performance appliances, including the Neptune(R) washer and dryer and the Wide-By-Side(TM) refrigerator. All Maytag Side-By-Side(R) refrigerators complied with the DOE's standards prior to their scheduled change in 2001. For more information on Maytag products call 1-888-4-MAYTAG or log on to http://www.maytag.com

About Energy Star

ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. The program was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR now works with more than 7,000 partners to improve the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit http://www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).


Kristi Lafrenz
Maytag Appliances

John Merritt
Carmichael Lynch Spong

Maria Vargas

Maytag Appliances Energy Star(R) Product Showcase 2002

Maytag Appliances has been active in the Energy Star(R) program since 1997, when it became the first Energy Star appliance manufacturing partner. In addition to winning the Appliance Partner Award in 1998 and the Leadership Award in 1999, it was the first and only company to become both a manufacturing and retail partner when all Maytag Home Appliance Centers across the country signed on as Energy Star Retail Partners in 2000.

With a longstanding commitment to the Energy Star program, Maytag looks for ways to help spread the word to consumers about how to conserve energy through the use of efficient appliances. Among the educational tools is Maytag's mobile marketing tour, in which an 18-wheel truck, fully equipped with a functional mobile kitchen and laundry room, tours the country demonstrating Maytag appliances and their energy saving benefits. In addition, Maytag is continually creating innovative new products that ease the work of life and enhance the joy of living, including:

Maytag Neptune(R) Washer and Dryer

Maytag has led the high-efficiency category since 1997, when it introduced the Neptune(R) washer which saves consumers 10,764 gallons of water per year, uses 40 percent less water, 65 percent less energy and saves up to $100 per year*. Building on its original high quality washer, the new Neptune has the same consumer benefits as the original -- much needed Conservation, outstanding Cleaning, increased clothing Care and unmatched usable Capacity, with a new feature -- Customization, which allows consumers to create, name and store favorite wash cycles to easily fit any family's lifestyle.

The matching Maytag Neptune dryer offers smart enhancements, too, including the Wrinkle Prevent option, "Freshen Up" cycle, "Favorites" option and matched cycle times. Equipped with a high performance blower, it features an exclusive diagonal air flow drying system and an IntelliDry(R) control, which saves energy by enabling the user to specify how dry a load needs to be.

Maytag(R) Wide-By-Side(TM) Refrigerator

The Maytag(R) Wide-By-Side(TM) refrigerator boasts the newest interior refrigerator configuration of the past 40 years. Designed to ease consumers' difficulties with storing odd-sized foods, it makes loading easier than ever by offering the widest available refrigerator and freezer space. Consumers no longer have to repackage foods such as pizzas or watermelons to fit into the typical side-by-side refrigerator/freezer compartments. Available in a side-by-side, Maytag's Wide-By-Side is also available with exclusive ClimateZone(TM) Technology drawers that automatically set optimal storage temperatures for specific food groups to keep them fresher, longer.

In addition to Maytag's product innovations, the company is committed to meeting and exceeding consumers' expectations on every level -- from product proficiency to conservation concerns. All Maytag side-by-side refrigerator models complied with or exceeded the Department of Energy's standards prior to their scheduled change in 2001.

*Based on the Department of Energy test method with average conventional washer, 9 loads per week, average water, sewer and electrical rates and dryer savings. Your savings will vary depending on rates, model replaced and usage.

For more information, please contact:

Kristi Lafrenz Maytag Appliences
Phone: (641) 787-8377
John Merritt Carmichael Lynch Spong
Phone: (612) 375-8528


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