New Launch: Breakthrough for Consumers!

Savenia Labs Energy Ratings Reveal the True Cost of Operating your Appliances. Now available exclusively at Strosniders Bethesda and Silver Spring.  Don’t buy a coffeemaker, toaster oven or microwave oven until you compare energy costs from Savenia Labs.

Today Savenia Labs is revolutionizing the way consumers shop for their most popular electronic kitchen appliances. We are unveiling Savenia Labs Energy Ratings, which for the first time allows shoppers to compare the lifetime energy costs of running microwaves, coffee makers and toaster ovens. It’s like MPG (Miles Per Gallon) for your appliances: the ratings give consumers the information they need to save cash and energy when shopping for appliances.

Many appliances cost more to run in energy costs than their purchase price. We found that the most energy hungry coffeemakers cost over $500 to run over a 5-year lifetime, while the energy saving models cost around $30. Now consumers can access this new energy cost information before they buy.

Since 2009, a team of scientists and researchers working with Savenia Labs has perfected our 10-step process of independently testing popular appliances to determine each model’s energy usage. Independent is key here, because up to now most energy rating systems were based on manufacturer provided information.  The result is a Savenia Labs Energy Rating—an easy-to-read store label now available exclusively in Strosniders True Value Hardware Stores in Bethesda and Silver Spring, MD. We are teaming up with Strosniders because they have great customer service, a wide selection of small appliances and really care about helping customers get acquainted with this groundbreaking ratings system.

As the first certified B (benefit) corporation in Bethesda, we aim to transform the way people think about buying products.  When you buy an energy saving product, you save money, and you also do a good deed for the environment by reducing power plant air pollution.  Manufacturers will respond with better products, magnifying savings.

We hope you get a chance to go into Strosniders True Value in Bethesda and Silver Spring to see how Savenia Labs makes shopping for energy saving products easy.  Please let us know what you think!

VideoBlog: Our Next Contest Winner, Susan the Convection Connoisseur

As we recently reported, over a 10m time period convection bake and regular bake on a toaster oven use about the same amount of energy.  That means our winner came closest to guessing a difference between the two of 0%.  We got guesses all over the map – from convection saving energy on the magnitude of 50% to using more energy by 80%.  Susan came the closest and took home the prize of a brand new Savenia Labs rated Toaster Oven….from Strosniders of course!

Don’t forget to enter our newest contest: Of the 20 most popular 10-12 cup coffee makers sold in the US, how much of the MSRP does the average coffeemaker cost in energy usage over its 5 yr. lifetime?  If you guess right a Savenia Labs rated Coffeemaker could be in your future.

Savenia Labs Becomes First Bethesda-Based Certified B Corporation

Savenia Labs has become the first Bethesda-based Certified B (Benefit) Corporation, joining the community of companies that meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. B Lab (www.bcorporation.net), a non-profit national certifying organization recognized by the State of MD has certified Savenia Labs’ public benefit status after conducting a rigorous audit of our business processes and practices.

By helping individuals and businesses learn more about the energy usage of household products before they buy, we’re helping them save money.  We’re also helping them save energy and reduce harmful pollution.  As consumers change their buying behavior, manufacturers will design more efficient products that save even more.

We’re proud to be a Certified B Corporation.  In just over three years, there are already over 425 Certified B Corporations from over 50 industries, representing $2 billion in collective revenues and $6.5 billion in capital under management. The performance standards set by B Lab are comprehensive and transparent,  measuring a company’s impact on its employees, suppliers, community, and the environment.  Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their employees, suppliers, community, consumers, and environment.

To access your public benefit from Savenia Labs in advance of our fall launch, follow us on Facebook to win a new Energy Rated appliance – or read our blog where you can get our newest research ‘Straight from the Lab’.

Coffee Maker Cash Contest!

Does it cost more to buy or run a coffee maker?

That’s the question we’re throwing to you.  Having tested the most popular 10-12 cup drip coffee makers sold in the United States, we know the energy costs to run them for the average consumer.  Having talked to hundreds of people who own coffee makers, we also know that most people plan to keep them for about 5 years.  So after 5 years of using your coffee maker and paying for electricity to power it, how much of the purchase price (MSRP) does your coffee maker’s energy bill make up? For example, if your coffeemaker costs $20 to run over 5 years and costs $100 to buy, you would guess 20%.

If you think you might know, then enter our contest on Facebook.  Like us and then tell us your guess.  Or you can tweet us @SaveniaLabs to enter.  The person who comes closest to the actual percentage for the average coffee maker among the top 20 sold in the US wins a Savenia Labs rated appliance. Be sure to follow Savenia Labs this fall as we introduce our revolutionary Energy Ratings.

Convection Bake: Does it Save Energy?

Our contest for the past two weeks tested our Facebook fans’ knowledge of the convection bake function on their toaster ovens.  Long touted by toaster oven manufacturers as a way to reduce cooking times and save energy, convection bake was put to the test.  We tested the difference between energy usage in a 10 minute period between convection bake and regular bake among the top 20 most popular toaster ovens sold in the US (note: not all of these top 20 had both options), and we asked you – was there a difference?

And the answer…. No.  Convection bake and regular bake use just about the same amount of energy within a 10 minute time period.  So whoever guessed closest to 0% is this week’s winner.  We’ll get in touch with the winner and let you know who that is soon.

But this still begs the question – does convection bake save energy?  We found that manufacturers either recommended reducing cooking times by 30% or reducing oven temperatures by 25 degrees.  If either of these recommendations result in a quality product – your oven should save energy…right?  Maybe.  Since toaster ovens use the vast majority of their energy over short cooking times to pre-heat the oven, small reductions in temperature or cooking time at the end of the cycle make little difference in the energy consumption.

After baking many batches of French Meadow Bakery Chocolate Chip cookies from MOM’s Organic Market, we can say with confidence that cookies baked using convection were “fluffier,” to use a technical term, and tastier in our view.    Every machine is different and we could find no standard time difference or temperature reduction.

We’d like to hear from you …have you used convection bake on your toaster oven and do you find it saves time?

Video Blog: Our First Contest Winner, Deborah The Vampire Power Slayer

Congratulations to our first contest winner Deborah who came closest to guessing that there is a 400% difference in the vampire power usage between the best and worst performing microwaves among the top 20 most popular sold in the United States.  For her winning entry, Deborah has taken home a new microwave, which she said she will give to one of her college age children.

Continue to keep an eye on our Contest homepage for more interesting research coming out of our labs and for a chance to win a Savenia Labs rated appliance.  Who knows, the next winner could be you!