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HARDI and NEMA to collaborate on promotion of Energy Aware thermostats


May 3, 2011
By Alyssa Dalton

May 3, 2011

NEMA and the Heating, Airconditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) have announced an agreement to promote programmable thermostats that have earned the Energy Aware certification.

The certification, labeling and marketing program was launched by NEMA 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, it said.

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 (MOU) 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.”

According to NEMA president and CEO, Evan Gaddis, Energy Aware thermostats are, in part, required to achieve better temperature control, which allows for reduced room temperature swings and less energy usage.

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