GE Brillion home-energy products debut at Sears

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — GE's Brillion-enabled products have made their retail debut at Sears.

Starting Thursday, more than 100 Sears stores in the Northeast will offer the GE Get Connected Starter Kit, plus the GE programmable thermostat and GE’s award-winning GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater, all with Brillion technology, in one location.

“Sears can now offer shoppers in these markets unprecedented insight into and control over their home energy use by getting connected with GE Brillion products, said Steven Haber, president of appliances and SVP at Sears Holdings. “This makes it easy and compelling for our customers to save money on their energy bills and is an excellent example of how Sears is committed to offering products to our customers that improve their lifestyle and help them save money in the process.”

The Get Connected Starter Kit includes the GE Nucleus Home Manager that gives consumers visibility into their household energy use and the GE Appliance Communication Module that will enable remote control of GE’s Brillion-enabled appliances. These devices will allow consumers to receive text or email alerts, enable remote-control capability and track each appliance’s energy usage.

The GE programmable thermostat with Brillion technology also offers greater convenience and energy control with programmable scheduling functionality from your desktop computer and remote access from an iPhone. The first GE appliance to work with the Get Connected Starter Kit is the GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater.

The GeoSpring hybrid technology saves 62% more energy over a traditional electric water heater which creates an annual savings of about $325. Now, the GeoSpring can do more than save money, it can be controlled remotely and can send you messages, like maintenance alerts, when needed. Other compatible appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, dryers and refrigerators will be added to the Brillion-enabled suite of appliances in the coming months.