5 Energy Efficiency Innovations From the 2023 International Builders’ Show

Energy efficiency and sustainability were major themes at IBS 2023. Here are some new construction products that do the job in efficient and sustainable ways.

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Signature Kitchen Suite's First Of Its Kind 48 Inch Built In French Door Refrigerator Prnewswire.com

LG Appliances and Home8

LG had a large presence at the 2023 International Builders’ Show (IBS 2023), showing off a wide collection of new home appliances. It introduced a new residential system connecting all these appliances that LG calls “Home8.”

Basically, it’s an energy storage system that allows homes to create energy reserves and pull from them during times of peak electricity costs. This system works with existing infrastructure to provide homeowners with efficient, clean and reliable energy.

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Ge Ultrafast Combo Ecomm Geappliances.com

GE Profile UltraFast Combo

Winner of the “Best Home Technology Product” at IBS 2023, the GE Profile UltraFast Combo all-in-one washer/dryer gives homeowners better cleaning and more efficient energy consumption.

Its high-airflow ventless drying system means this unit doesn’t need venting. It can be set up in any room with access to water and a 120-volt power source. The system also delivers 50 percent more energy-efficient drying than required for Energy Star certification.

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120 Volt Rheem Proterra Plug In Heat Pump Water Heaters Designed For Easy Gas Unit Replacement Ecomm Rheem.com

ProTerra Plug-In Heat Pump

If you’re looking to replace an old gas-powered water heater, the ProTerra Plug-in Heat Pump should be one of your first alternatives. Its standard tank footprint and 120v plug-in make it incredibly simple to install. It’s also simple to use, thanks to built-in Wi-Fi technology that gives homeowners precise control over their water temperatures and a way to track energy usage.

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Span Drive Ecomm Span.io

Span Drive

The Span Drive took home the award for “Best Energy Efficient Product” at IBS 2023. It’s an electric vehicle charger that works as an accessory to the company’s popular home electrical panel.

In most cases, installing a powerful EV charger in a garage requires upgrading the electrical service. But the Span Drive bypasses that problem, providing fast and efficient charging without any expensive electrical changes.

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Lennox S40 Smart Thermostat, Touchscreen Ecomm Lennoxpros.com

Lennox S40 Smart Thermostat

Energy efficiency in a home stops and starts with the thermostat. Lennox’s S40 Smart Thermostat gives homeowners complete control over their environment.

Using advanced digital controls, the S40 constantly communicates with heating and cooling units so they can work as precisely and efficiently as possible. The system takes in a wide range of information, including weather data and whether the homeowners are in the house, then adjusts temperatures accordingly to eliminate wasteful energy consumption.

Harrison Kral
After spending his college summers pouring concrete and building decks, Harrison Kral decided to find a way to put his insider knowledge of construction to use…. just in an air-conditioned setting. He’s an established writer and editor in the DIY space who has written extensively on the home building industry, the housing market, and general DIY trends.