Meritage expands green-home program
Meritage Homes expanded its production of high performance green homes to the Texas market. In the next two weeks, Meritage will open green communities in Fort Worth and San Antonio.
Each home includes:
• Spray Foam Insulation for a seamless, thermally efficient insulation blanket that prevents air leakage and offers 3X the R-value of standard fiberglass insulation;
• Double Low-E Vinyl Windows that reduce energy loss by up to 50%.
• Energy Efficient CFL Lighting that reduce energy usage by 75%.
• Weather Sensing Irrigation Systems enabling landscaping to meet standards of EPA’s new WaterSense program. (*not standard in San Antonio);
• High Performance Water Saving Plumbing Fixtures including dual-flush toilets; and
• 14-•SEER Air Conditioning Units.
“When all of these components work together, it creates a home that is more sustainable, cleaner and quieter," said C. R. Herro, VP environmental affairs for Meritage Homes.
The two communities, Rolling Creek in San Antonio and The Lakes of River Trails in Fort Worth, will also feature the first deconstructed “Learning House” of its kind that literally peels back the walls and ceilings of the home to showcase its energy saving features.
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These homes have cool features. We need to be environment friendly as much as we can. But no matter hat kind of home you live in, you need to keep it clean and safe from bugs. Having pests in the house could pose big threats to your family's health. So go for household pest control.
Arrow gives away a red Camaro to promote R.E.D.
Arrow Fastener Company gave away a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro to a lucky winner of its Arrow Camaro Sweepstakes.
The winner was software engineer Dana Bulpett of Apex, N.C. The bright red 2011 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT was was delivered to his home Monday.
The Arrow Camaro Sweepstakes ran from Oct. 22 to Jan. 15 on Facebook and generated over 25,000 entries. The contest was part of the marketing campaign for Arrow Fastener’s new R.E.D. product line. R.E.D. is an acronym for “Reliable. Ergonomic. Durable.” In addition to the grand prize winner, 220 entrants n a T50 R.E.D. and 20 people won a complete set of R.E.D. tools.
“We’re very happy to provide Dana with the grand prize in our Arrow Camaro Sweepstakes, and we hope he enjoys it for years to come,” said Bill Sokol, Vice President of Marketing for Arrow Fastener, who personally delivered the car keys to Bulpett.
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Personal income, spending rise in December
Figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department on Jan. 31 showed a 7% increase in consumer spending in December 2010, compared with the previous month. This continues an upward trend: Personal expenditures also rose in November 2010 by 4%.
Personal income increased 4% for the second straight month in a row, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
“Today’s data show consumer spending clearly accelerated at the end of last year,” said U.S. Commerce Department Acting Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank. “Personal income also posted stronger gains in the fourth quarter compared with the third. Looking ahead, we expect disposable personal income to get a boost from the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, which increases the take-home pay of many working families. Taken together, we expect these income and spending data to support stronger economic growth in 2011 — a top priority for President Obama and this administration."
Other data released by the Commerce Department showed that private wage and salary disbursements increased $15.5 billion in December 2010, compared with an increase of $5.9 billion in November. Goods-producing industries’ payrolls increased $1.5 billion, in contrast to a decrease of $2.5 billion; manufacturing payrolls increased $0.2 billion, in contrast to a decrease of $2.5 billion. Services-producing industries’ payrolls increased $14.0 billion, compared with an increase of $8.4 billion. Government wage and salary disbursements increased $1.6 billion, compared with an increase of $1.3 billion.
For all of 2010, the economy grew 2.9%, the best performance since 2005. Overall, wages grew by 3%, and inflation is up 1.2% to the end of December.
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