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New Earth-Aware VersaWalk™ Underlayment and VersaStick™ Adhesive for Luxury Vinyl Flooring

VW-laminate-install(Norfolk, Nebraska – 12.18.2012) – MP Global Products, the manufacturer of earth-friendly acoustic fiber floor underlayments, recently introduced VersaWalk underlayment and VersaStick flooring adhesive for high-performing LVT floor installations that protect indoor air quality in single family homes and multi-family residences. VersaWalk is a VOC-free sound reduction impact isolation and insulation system engineered for  maximized performance under luxury vinyl tile flooring. VersaStick, a VOC-free and solvent free fast drying adhesive for use on subfloors and against the floor being laid.

Engineered to be odorless and non-allergenic, VersaWalk is composed of at least 94% post-industrial/pre-consumer textile fibers, scrap material otherwise destined for landfill.

The randomly air-laid filaments create a capillary effect to cushion the floor, dampen ambient sound, and absorb impact sound. VersaWalk both suppresses noise within the room and inhibits the transfer of noise into rooms below. A versatile underlayment that can be nailed, glued or floated, it is suitable for nail- or glue-down wood flooring, floating engineered wood flooring, and laminate flooring as well as for LVT. Continue reading

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Report Shows Over 70% of Californians Choose Solar Service Over Buying a System

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sunrun, the nation’s leading home solar company, and PV Solar Report, an authority on solar market data, today announced that nearly 3 out of 4 Californians who go solar choose solar power service over purchasing a system. Also known as 3rd-party-owned solar, solar power service reached a record adoption level of 73.4 percent of the California home solar in February 2012. It first surpassed the option to buy a system in July 2011.

“Every consumer in today’s economy is looking for ways to save money, and now they can do that with a solar option that allows them to make the switch without owning the panels”

Sunrun invented solar power service in 2007 as a way for homeowners to go solar without spending $30,000 or more to buy the panels. Sunrun owns and maintains the panels and homeowners pay a low rate for power. The model increases local economic growth by infusing outside investment dollars into neighborhoods and communities. Consumers also have the added benefit of free maintenance and monitoring on their systems.

“Every consumer in today’s economy is looking for ways to save money, and now they can do that with a solar option that allows them to make the switch without owning the panels,” said Stephen Torres, founder and managing director of PV Solar Report. “This trend is taking hold on a national scale and PV Solar Report continues to track this and other critical data to provide up-to-date insight on how the solar market is growing.” Continue reading

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Owens Corning Introduces Shingle Recycling Program

TOLEDO, Ohio, March 27, 2012 /3BL Media /PRNewswire/ – Beginning today, Owens Corning (NYSE: OC), through its Roofing and Asphalt business, invites homeowners to take the Shingle Recycling Pledge as a way to show their commitment to keep old roofs  out of landfills by working with roofing contractors who practice sustainable building practices.

“According to the Northeast Recycling Center, up to 10 million tons of recyclable shingles are removed from the roofs of U.S. homes and buildings annually,” said Barry Hornbacher, Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Shingle Recycling program manager. “By pledging to work with professionals committed to recycling torn-off shingles into pavement, homeowners are helping to ensure their roofing renovation will have less of an environmental impact.”

To take the pledge in markets where recycling is available, homeowners simply visitwww.roofing.owenscorning.com and select “Recycle Now.” In addition to connecting with local contractors committed to shingle recycling, everyone who takes the pledge will also receive a free reusable tote bag while supplies last.  Homeowners who do not currently have shingle recycling available in their area can show their interest in shingle recycling by filling out a form on the website, which will help Owens Corning Roofing & Asphalt rally support from contractors in their local community. To learn more, simply visit the Sustainable Roofing page on the site. Continue reading

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Go Green by Jailbreaking your Apple iPhone?

Screenshots of an Jailbroken iPhone 4s

Are you a bit a a gadget junky?  Are you always wanting to get the latest and greatest? Are you an iPhone owner but you like the look of Android or Window’s Phone?  Well, jailbreaking your iPhone may be a way to extend the life of your existing equipment while getting the thrill of getting something new.  Phones are made of some really toxic substances – the longer you can extent their lives, the better.

Above is screenshot of a jailbroken iPhone 4s. Notice something odd?  Yes, those look like shots of Windows and Android phones – but actually they are themes.  If you always wondered what it would be like to own one of these phones, now you can.  The best part is when you want to go back to the iPhone, you can do that in a click of a button. (program called Dreamboard) Continue reading

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NSTAR Signs on to White House “Green Button” Initiative

Will be first utility in the Northeast to offer new website tool to help customers reduce their usage

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NSTAR Electric customers will soon be the first in the Northeast to have access to useful, detailed information about their electricity usage as part of the national “Green Button” initiative. Green Button—an industry-led effort that responds to a White House call to action to provide national uniformity for how such information is accessed, delivered and used—will be available to more than one million of NSTAR’s residential and business customers by the end of this month.

“Providing consumers with easy access to data on their energy consumption can help give them the tools they need to make informed decisions about their energy use. Developing applications and services to help consumers understand and control their energy use is a field ripe for American innovation.”

“It’s well-known in the industry that knowledge is power when it comes to helping customers make substantive changes in how they use energy,” said Tom May, NSTAR Chairman, President and CEO. “By adding the one-click ease of Green Button to our website, NSTAR is making it even simpler for our customers to access the information they need to take control of their energy use and reduce their carbon footprint.” Continue reading

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WORX Mows Through Grass with IntelliCut

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As gas prices rise, there’s more to consider than the vehicles parked in the garage. Factor in outdoor power equipment such as the lawn mower, and the escalating monthly gas budget may mean fewer meals out. For 54 million Americans that mow their lawn each weekend, that’s a lot of fuel and expense.

There’s a better way and one that requires no gas or oil. Battery-powered lawn mowers such as those from WORX® are friendly to the environment and neighborhood. These silent running machines go about the task with little fanfare. There’s no gas tank to fill, primer bulb to push or pull cord to strain a shoulder. Just squeeze the handle and go.

According to the EPA, each year, American homeowners spill 17 million gallons of fuel from outdoor power equipment. That’s more volume than the oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska. Continue reading

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3M Invests in Novel Silicon Anode for Lithium Ion Batteries

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–3M, the leading United States (US) battery materials supplier, is investing in research and manufacturing of novel Silicon (Si) based 3M anode materials. The technology enables advanced batteries for reliable power that is required to keep up with the global increase of mobile societies and electric vehicles.

“3M has a proven track record of being an innovator in battery materials, and we are committed to supporting the growing U.S. and global lithium ion battery industry”

3M was recently granted another U.S. patent, 8,071,238 for its Silicon anode compositions that can increase cell capacity by over 40 percent when matched with high-energy battery cathodes. The company has invested resources and expertise toward commercialization of battery technology for the past 15 years.

3M’s investments into the high-energy metal based anode for lithium ion batteries include matching a recent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant for $4.6 million as part of efforts to build more energy-efficient vehicles. The research will help to develop and integrate new cell materials that will make a transformative change in energy density and in cost in lithium ion batteries used in electric vehicles. Especially critical to the project success is 3M’s Si based anode material. The 3M investment in research and development includes putting in 3M’s best battery materials technology for cathode, anode and battery electrolyte additives into the project. Continue reading

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5 Tips to Green your Baby’s Nursery

Making sure your nursery is a nontoxic environment is especially important because newborns spend most of their life in the nursery—an average of 16 to 17 hours a day.

The following in an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

By following the tips below, you can help ensure a safe, eco-friendly environment for your nursery.

✔ Paint with low- or no-VOC latex paint – Painting with low- or no-VOC paint may cost more than conventional paint but it will release fewer or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your home.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids including paints. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. 

As with other pollutants, the extent and nature of the health effect from VOCs depend on many factors including level of exposure and length of time exposed. These may be more severe in infants. Continue reading

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