Smarthome Joins Flex Your Power Campaign

Smarthome Joins Flex Your Power Campaign to Promote Energy Efficiency, Offers Three Simple Steps to Save Electricity and Money
Irvine, Calif. - August 8, 2006 - SmartLabs, Inc. the world's leading authority in home control and automation, and parent company to the Smarthome catalog and website, is joining Flex Your Power, California's energy efficiency marketing and outreach campaign. SmartLabs is helping get the word out about energy efficiency and offering three simple steps that consumers can take to save money, energy and the environment.According to Flex Your Power, lighting alone accounts for approximately 28% of home electricity use in California. "We want people to know that it is not complicated or expensive to be more energy efficient," said Rajeev Kapur, president of SmartLabs, Inc. "As a large retailer of lighting and control products, we want to be a resource for consumers interested in saving energy and money, but don't necessarily know how to get started.""With high energy bills and the extreme temperatures of the last few weeks, energy efficiency becomes paramount in consumers' minds," said Kristina Skierka, Senior Program Manager for Flex Your Power. "We are always eager to work with companies like Smarthome that make it easy for consumers to purchase products that will make their homes more energy efficient." Three Simple Steps to Energy Efficiency1. Adjust ThermostatInstall a programmable thermostat that lets you set your air cooling to 78 degrees F and cut cooling costs 15 to 25%. (Actual cost savings will depend on climate, home insulation and utility). Smarthome's programmable thermostats offer climate control for the home for more efficient use and lower energy bills.2. Control LightsHouseholds typically spend 22% of their annual energy bill on lighting. Cut your lighting costs by simply turning off lights when you don't need them with automatic timers and controls. An automatic timer controls when and how long a light stays on and off. Dimmers allow you to manually adjust the intensity of light in a room. Because most lights use less electricity at lower settings, you don't need to pay for more light than you need. With new INSTEON technology, switches can be programmed so that lights throughout the home can be turned on and off with the touch of a single button. 3. Replace Incandescent Light BulbsEnergy efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) produce the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs, but use up to 66% less energy. CFLs combine the efficiency of fluorescent lighting with the convenience and popularity of incandescent bulbs. You can save up to $35 annually simply by replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs and low-energy LEDs. Smarthome offers a variety of lighting and thermostat control products; dimmers, timers and sensors; fluorescents and LEDs; and, other products. For a full list of energy efficient products, please visit Southern California residents who visit the Smarthome factory store in the month of August will receive a 10% discount on energy efficient products. The factory store is located at 16542 Millikan Avenue in Irvine.Flex Your Power is a partnership of California's utilities, residents, businesses, institutions, government agencies and nonprofit organizations working to save energy. Visit to sign up for its e-Newswire and Flex Alerts that notify Californians to follow specific conservation and load-shifting measures to immediately reduce electricity use and prevent Stage One Electrical Emergencies.

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