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HARDI and NEMA Agree to Collaborate on Promotion of Energy Aware Thermostats


4/27/2011 8:51 AM

(ROSSLYN, Va.)NEMA and the Heating, Airconditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) today announced an agreement to promote programmable thermostats that have earned the Energy Aware® certification. NEMA launched the Energy Aware certification, labeling, and marketing program for thermostats in June 2010 to help distributors, contractors, retailers, and consumers identify programmable thermostats that are designed and built to reduce household energy bills without sacrificing the performance of heating and cooling systems or individual comfort. The first Energy Aware labeled products will appear on the market later this year.

The HARDI-NEMA Agreement takes the form of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the principals of the two associations.

“HARDI and our member distributors are excited about the opportunity to work with NEMA on promotion of Energy Aware thermostats,” said HARDI Executive Vice President and COO Talbot Gee. “It is important for distributors to be able to rely on certification programs such as Energy Aware to help their customers easily identify products that meet their HVAC and energy performance needs.”

“Energy Aware thermostats are, in part, required to achieve better temperature control, which allows for reduced room temperature swings, resulting in less energy usage,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis. “The NEMA Energy Aware program will label only programmable thermostats whose manufacturers certify they meet high standards for usability, HVAC system control, and temperature accuracy.”

“We are very pleased to be able to expand on our relationship with HARDI to get the word out about Energy Aware thermostats,” Gaddis added.

To learn more about Energy Aware, please visit www.getenergyaware.com.

Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) represents more than 450 wholesale companies and 300 manufacturing associates as well as nearly 140 manufacturer representatives. HARDI members represent an estimated 80 percent of the dollar value of the HVACR products sold through distribution. For more information visit www.HARDInet.org.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.



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