Leviton Urges Industry Professionals to "Switch" to Green Alternatives


"Make the Switch" Campaign Kicks off on Earth Day; Webinars provide training on easy-to-install, value-added products

Melville, New York, April 7, 2010 Leviton Manufacturing, a leader in energy-efficient electrical devices and sustainable solutions, is urging electrical industry professionals to choose "green" alternatives to standard electrical switches when specifying, purchasing or installing these devices in residential and commercial buildings. Leviton's "Make the Switch" campaign kicks off on April 22nd, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and is designed to provide professional education and training on lighting control products that can easily install in place of traditional light switches to conserve electricity, trim energy bills and protect the environment. Webinar training on residential and commercial product installations will be conducted on April 22nd, and interested parties can sign up at www.leviton.com/green.

The "Make the Switch" campaign includes webinars for homeowners, contractors, distributors and other trade professionals, links to instructional videos on green living and a "going green" section on the Leviton website that features information on easy-to-install lighting control devices. Products such as dimmers, occupancy sensors, timer switches and compact fluorescent lampholders, not only conserve electrical usage, reduce energy bills and preserve the environment, but also help contractors and installers "sell up" higher-margin products to boost sales and profit.

"Our ecosystem is at far greater peril than it was four decades ago when Earth Day was first celebrated. Climate change, pollution, landfill overload and other contaminants form a toxic combination of environmental hazards that jeopardize our planet and future generations. Today, we have an unprecedented opportunity to build a clean energy economy that will help protect our environment, but we must each do our part now to safeguard the earth's resources," said Jay Sherman, director of residential Marketing for Leviton.

Leviton's "Make the Switch" campaign advocates that consumers replace light switches in their homes with dimmers, timer switches, compact fluorescent lampholders and occupancy sensors. The company is also urging commercial facilities managers to install occupancy sensors in areas where significant energy savings can be achieved through automated lighting control. The campaign presents opportunities for industry professionals to find out about new products that are easy to install and that can dramatically reduce energy usage in homes and businesses, while adding to their own bottom line. Occupancy sensor, dimmer and timer switch installations yield higher margins than simple electrical switches.

Leviton also urges electrical professionals to recommend that their customers install ENERGY STAR®- qualified appliances, insulation, and windows in construction projects, and remind them to turn back thermostats during the day when no one is home.

About Leviton

Leviton is a global leader in electrical wiring devices, data center connectivity solutions and lighting energy management systems. A member of the USGBC (United States Green Building Council), Leviton was founded at the turn of the 20th century, and has grown to become a preeminent leader in the industry. Today Leviton's product portfolio consists of over 25,000 devices and systems used in homes, businesses and industry. Nine out of ten homes throughout North America have Leviton products installed in them. Builders, electrical contractors and other industry professionals rank Leviton products #1 in brand preference. Leviton energy-smart devices are the smart choice for smart professionals.

Last year, Leviton relocated its world headquarters to a "green" office complex that complies with all 6 LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) categories. Low-flow fixtures in the building use 1/3 less water than standard fixtures and energy-efficient lighting systems reduce lighting usage. Recycling stations throughout the building help reduce landfill and promote renewable manufacturing processes, and staff members who carpool or use hybrid vehicles receive preferential parking privileges, Leviton also recently upgraded its El Paso, Texas, manufacturing facility to reduce its energy draw and carbon footprint. For more information, contact Leviton Manufacturing www.leviton.com.

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