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Lowe’s plans million-sapling giveaway

BY HBSDEALER Staff

In partnership with American Forests, the Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s will celebrate the Earth Day weekend by giving away 1 million tree saplings to customers.

“Putting trees into the hands of our customers is a simple way to make a big difference on Earth Day," said Kevin Measel, Lowe’s VP nursery merchandising. "We hope that these trees will be a catalyst for our customers to seek out other simple ways to give back to the earth at home and in day-to-day life."

The giveaway will have a high-tech component. Each tree will be bar-coded so customers can register their trees online at Lowes.com/earthday and see where other trees are being planted across the country. Customers will also be able to scan a 2-D bar code on the tree bag from a mobile phone for instant access to tree facts and a short informational video on how to plant and care for the sapling. 

Lowe’s and American Forests identified species for each region that can grow successfully in the climate conditions and terrain. The size of the sapling depends on the type of tree. 

Trees will be available while supplies last. 

In addition to the 1 million tree giveaway, Lowe’s will host a special Earth Day Build and Grow clinic at 10 a.m. on April 23. Every Lowe’s store nationwide will offer the Build and Grow clinic, which guides children through building a wooden birdhouse to take home.

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Leviton encourages environmental ‘switch’

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Leviton has launched a campaign to encourage homeowners and businesses to evaluate their lighting control needs in order to make the kinds of decision that could make a difference in energy consumption. 

The "Make the Switch" campaign in support of Earth Day 2011 includes the educational campaign "10 Smart Tips for a Greener Home.’ Among the tips:

• Dimming lights 25% cuts energy usage by 20% and extends a bulbs life four times longer;

• Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps, which use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer;

• Switch to Occupancy Sensors with automatic on/off functionality to reduce unnecessary electrical usage; and 

• If using an incandescent dimmer, simply lowering the light level to 50% will reduce energy consumption by 40%.

Michael Neary, Leviton Residential Lighting Controls product manager, said: “Leviton is a company dedicated to energy efficiency, which is why we strive to educate our customers and develop products and solutions that make it simple for them to cut their energy use while saving money in the process.”

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After tornado, Lincoln Windows keeps working

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With its Merrill, Wis., headquarters and final assembly plant hit by a tornado April 10, Lincoln Windows issued a press release indicating the company is continuing operations.

The company said its Timeline, Wis., facility was not damaged by the tornado and is fully operational now that shared computer operations have been restored. Production has already resumed on existing and incoming orders, according to the company.

Lincoln stressed its production facilities have not been destroyed. "We are repositioning the departments that were affected to our other facilities and plan to resume production within the next three weeks. Communications are still limited, but should be reestablished soon."

The tornado that damaged the Merrill facility was one of 11 confirmed tornadoes that hit Wisconsin April 10. More than 60 homes and 12 businesses were either damaged or destroyed. Even though the area was heavily hit, only minor injuries were suffered in the community. The only injury at Lincoln was sustained by a security guard. The tornado impacted on a Sunday evening when most employees were not at work.

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