The heat is on, with sweltering summer temperatures, but it's not too late to get refreshed. Just look for the colossal blue igloo bringing relief to Navy Pier. Sears, Roebuck and Co. (NYSE: S), America's leading home appliance retailer, brings its Cooling Station to Navy Pier, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Consumers who visit the Sears Cooling Station will be invigorated by Sears' energy-efficient air conditioners and frozen snacks, while receiving discount coupons for cool appliances. They'll also learn about Energy Star®- qualified refrigerators that can save hundreds of dollars in energy bills over time.
"The Sears Cooling Station gives Chicago residents a brief respite from the heat," said Lyle Heidemann, executive vice president of home and off-mall stores at Sears. "Our Energy Star-qualified window and central air conditioners will bring the same comfortable temperatures to consumers' homes."
Summer and fun go hand in hand and the Sears Cooling Station fits the bill perfectly. Families will love the cool snacks, take-home gifts and summer music. Stop by the Cooling Station at Navy Pier and you'll find:
-- The latest Energy Star-qualified air conditioners, central air and refrigerators and coupons for an additional 10 percent off your purchase of any Energy Star-qualified refrigerator (over $399) and window air conditioners -- Coupons for $500 off a central cooling system Plus: -- Enter for a chance to win a $1000 Sears Gift Card (one winner, Aug. 5)** -- "Ask Me Why I'm Cool" t-shirts and stickers (while supplies last, limit one per person)
The Sears Cooling Station features new, incredibly efficient Kenmore® window air conditioners that can pay for themselves in two to three years. There is no better time to take Sears' helpful hints than July 3 to Aug. 15 - Air Conditioning Appreciation Days.
Visiting the Sears Cooling Station could also make your kitchen a better place. Sears is giving consumers a sneak peek of its breadth of selection by showcasing a variety of the hottest energy-efficient refrigerators on the market. Sears' Kenmore refrigerators are not only Energy Star-qualified, but are also very affordable, starting at $499.
The following refrigeration facts and tips are as helpful as they are surprising:
-- If just 20 percent of all refrigerators met the Kenmore Elite standard, at least 38.6 million kWh would be saved annually. That additional electricity would be enough to light Chicago for one-and- a-half weeks! -- If cars had increased their fuel efficiency as quickly as refrigerators have over the last 25 years, we'd all get 80 miles to the gallon. -- If every U.S. household replaced its 10-year-old refrigerator with a new Kenmore Elite Energy Star-qualified model, the nation could save enough energy to light every household in Chicago for almost 28 years! -- The Kenmore Elite UltraFresh 26-cubic foot side-by-side refrigerator uses the same amount of energy required as a 75 watt light bulb.* -- A full refrigerator uses less energy to operate than an empty one ... Stock up! -- Don't keep your refrigerator too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37 degrees to 40 degrees F. -- Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a broadline retailer with significant service and credit businesses. In 2002, the company's annual revenues were $41 billion. The company offers its wide range of apparel, home and automotive products and services to families in the U.S. through Sears stores nationwide, including approximately 870 full-line stores. Sears also offers a variety of merchandise and services through its Web sites, sears.com and landsend.com, and a variety of specialty catalogs.
*Based on comparable run times **Abbreviated contest rules:
1) No purchase necessary 2) Void where prohibited 3) Must be legal U.S. resident, 18 years of age or older 4) See rules posted inside the Sears Cooling Station 5) Ends Aug. 5, 2003.
SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.
CONTACT: Larry Costello, Sears PR, +1-847-286-9036, firstname.lastname@example.org ,
or Chris Brathwaite, Sears PR, +1-847-286-4681
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