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Micro Shield offers in-home pet control

BY Brae Canlen

The makers of Invisible Fence, a yard containment system for pets, have introduced the Micro Shield Avoidance Solution, a mobile wireless unit that helps pets avoid areas of the home where their owners don’t want them to go.

At only 3 ins. in diameter, the Micro Shield can be put under Christmas trees, on kitchen counters or near trash cans. The device emits an audible warning tone to the animal. After a few training lessons, pets learn to stay away from the designated area, which can be adjusted from 16 ins. to 4 ft. in diameter.

Cats scaling the Christmas tree and getting tangled in tinsel are only one holiday danger, according to the Micro Shield makers. Pets are also attracted to holiday food spreads and leftovers in the trash can.

“Our dealers use Micro Shields to safely teach pets to avoid areas of the home that can cause problems, reducing stress for homeowners, especially during the holidays," said Albert Lee, director of Invisible Fence Brand.

 

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Philips launches redesigned LED bulb at HD

BY Brae Canlen

Philips’ 60-watt LED bulb, the yellow capped one that turns on white, has a new look, brighter light and uses less energy. Philips unveiled the new bulb at the Home Depot store on 59th Street in Manhattan on Dec. 4 and 5, and at the 23rd Street store on Dec. 5 to 6, offering consumers a $5 savings. It will also be available at Homedepot.com/lightbulbs with rollout expected at the beginning of the year.

The latest generation of the 60-watt A-19 LED bulb uses 10% less energy than its 12.5-watt predecessor, while increasing brightness by nearly 5%. The new design has a more streamlined and stylish appearance. 

Designed to exceed Energy Star specifications, the bulb will reduce energy consumption by 85%, last 25 times longer and save an estimated $134.00 in electricity costs during its lifespan, as compared with the traditional 60-watt incandescent. This LED bulb will also offer consumers two different color temperatures, Soft White and Daylight, while the new sleek white shape makes it ideal for open fixtures and sheer shades.The new Philips A-19 LED bulb also offers enhanced dimming capabilities, with the potential to dim down to 2% of light level, while working with a broader range of dimmers.

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Construction company hires energy expert

BY Ken Clark

Gilbane Building Co. has hired Robert Preiss, a 33-year industry veteran, to lead the company’s energy modeling and High Performance Building efforts.  Preiss’ experience covers a wide range of client types, including commercial, industrial, high-tech, and utility products and services. His expertise includes efficient lighting, HVAC, retrocommissioning, cogeneration, microturbines, wind turbines, deregulation, management and engineering.

Gilbane will oversee the integration of High Performance Building and Energy Modeling practices across all markets within Gilbane. Preiss brings extensive engineering and project management experience encompassing a diverse range of projects, including lighting system design, energy screenings for utility companies, feasibility studies, energy savings projections, and equipment testing and evaluation. In addition, he has played an instrumental role in research, evaluation, design, and procurement for suppliers and utility companies resulting in energy and cost efficiencies for clients and users.

"We are thrilled to have Robert join us to lead this important service area for Gilbane," said Tom Goderre, Gilbane VP and Arizona district manager. "Robert has a distinctive background, having served clients in the private, public and energy sectors. He brings a solid combination of technical expertise with a passion for the work he does."

Previously,  Preiss provided energy consulting, project management and engineering services to firms such as Nexant, Salt River Project, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., Holophane Corporation, Duro-Test Lighting and Colorado Springs Utilities.

 

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