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Louisville, KY, United States, 2012/04/03 - Consumers across the country – 85 percent to be exact – have hard water2. It can be costly, resulting in water heater inefficiencies and requiring more detergent and soap to get clothes and dishes clean (NYSE: GE) - GEAppliances.com. NYSE: GE
• New water softener has GE-exclusive features that make monitoring and maintaining salt levels easier;
• Consumers can use up to 50 percent less detergent for laundry and dishwashing with softened water 1.
GE is introducing a new water softener that not only reduces hard water, it also gives consumers the ability to easily monitor and adjust the softness of their water.
• The water softener features a new exclusive Custom Select™ blending valve. Because not everyone’s water softness preferences are the same, the valve allows households to adjust the softness of water to their liking by simply turning a knob located near the bypass valve.
• Ample softened water is never a concern with GE exclusive SmartSoft™ technology that learns a family’s water-use patterns in 30 days, ensuring there is soft water available when your family needs it.
• The water softener’s exclusive Salt Saver™ helps reduce salt consumption and uses up to 34 percent less salt.*
• Knowing when salt is needed is easy with GE’s easy-to-use “Days to Empty” indicator on the control panel that lets consumers know when to refill the salt tank.
• The water softener’s refreshed design includes a downward-angled salt refill opening that makes lifting and pouring in bagged salt easier for consumers.
“Research shows you can use 50 percent less detergent to wash clothes or run your dishwasher when you have softened water. Plus, softened water helps save money by reducing the need for hot water to clean laundry,” said Lisa Middleton, marketing manager for water programs. “Consumers may be unaware of how much hard water costs them in the form of cleaning supplies, hot water use and plumbing repairs. The GE® water softener is designed to give consumers flexibility and help them avoid the consequences of hard water.”
Pricing and availability
The GE water softener will be available in April at Home Depot and other retailers. The estimated retail price range is $399- $699** depending on the model. The Custom Select blending valve, Salt Saver button, sediment filter and advanced system monitor are available on only the 40,000- and 45,000-grain models. For more information visit geappliances.com.
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1. Detergent Savings Studies, Water Quality Research Foundation, March 2011.
2. Water Quality Association (WQA),
*Based on internal GE analysis. Versus GE water softeners manufactured prior to 2009.
**Retailers set their own prices.