LG strengthens its Energy Star muscle
LG Electronics USA has augmented its commitment to the Energy Star certification program. More than 60 of its products have already earned the 2013 Energy Star Most Efficient designation this year, which is more than the company earned throughout the entirety of 2012.
The company earned the most points for its televisions, 51 of which earned the Most Efficient label this year. Its next strongest category was refrigerators, seven of which have been recognized so far. According to the company, this is more than any other television or refrigerator manufacturer, respectively.
"LG was one of the few industry participants to enthusiastically endorse and promote Energy Star’s Most Efficient proposal and criteria when it was first introduced," said LG president and CEO Wayne Park. "We’re proud to conitnue leading the industry in developing the most energy-efficient products possible, while ensuring consumers don’t have to sacrifice performance or style."
Among other energy efficiency features, LG’s Most Efficient-certified televisions include innovative features such as the "Intelligent Sensor," which automatically adjusts screen brightness according to surrounding lighting conditions.
Readers Respond: Paula Deen dropped
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Several readers commented on the story, "Home Depot drops Paula Deen:"
“If every celebrity, of every ethnicity, told the truth about if they had EVER in their life used a racial slur, I don’t think anyone would be without sin. Good thing that Christ isn’t around today to ask who among us is without sin and can cast the first stone. There are so many people (and companies) that refuse to look in the mirror and truly admit who they really are and what they have done in the past that Paula would be covered in stones hundreds of feet high. I’m waiting for Jessie Jackson to suggest that she either be crucified or burned at the stakes.”
— “Skeptical Observer,” from homechannelnews.com
“Since all of those dropping Paula Deen and rallying against her are saints in this world and have never thought, uttered or outright have spoken in private or otherwise during their life an extremely derogatory, demeaning, totally inflammatory word against a person because of their race, creed, etc — they all need to get delivered to them a box of rocks so they can stone her — essentially what they are doing to her today.”
— “Pkrupa,” from homechannelnews.com
“The dropping of Paula Deen at Home Deport gives me another reason to not shop there. We all need to remember who without sin cast the first stone. All of us at some time in our lives have said or did something we regret — it’s called forgiveness. I love how society allows sports figures to curse while playing and commit criminal acts and still continue to support and praise them for what they do."
— Name withheld
Bona launches Certified Craftsman Program
Hardwood floor care company Bona US has taken steps to become the industry standard-bearer in floor refinishing. Last week, the company announced the launch of its Bona Certified Craftsman training program and Bona Certified Craftsman Five Star Advantage seal.
The program is made up of hardwood flooring experts that have a track record of living up to Bona’s standards. Certified members will receive continuing education to sharpen their skills and stay up to date on best practices.
Meanwhile, the Five Star Advantage is a signal to homeowners that a floor professional meets five criteria established by Bona: quick, durable results, certified craftsmanship, clean, dust-free air, minimal disruption and lifetime support.
According to the company, a Bona Certified Craftsman can refinish floors at a rate of 700 square feet in three days, a promise that helps do away with some of the stigma surrounding floor maintenance.
"Many consumers perceive the process of refinishing or installing hardwood floors to be tedious, inconvenient and messy," said Chad Nordhagen, director of marketing. "We’ve known for years that doesn’t have to be the case."