Naturally conservative merchandise
Conservation is playing a larger role in our daily lives, and that has opened the door to a variety of new products that tell a story of energy savings, water conservation or resource protection. This month, New Product Showcase shines a light on a variety of products that promote a conservative approach to energy and the environment. In many cases, they also save money.
West Chester, Pa.-based Nth Solutions has developed a unique way to detect toilet leaks. The LeakAlertor electronically monitors the toilet and notifies the owner visually and audibly when the flapper is leaking. The easy-to-install device is fully automatic and requires no tools or special equipment to mount. It works by monitoring vibrations throughout the porcelain to indicate even the faintest leak. The green light means the unit is working, while red means a leak is detected. The product retails for $19.95. (leakalertor.com)
Lumberton, N.J.-based Blanco, a German manufacturer of sinks and faucets, has introduced the new water-saving Hydra—which conserves 30% more water than conventional faucets. Hydra offers an optimal mix of high performance and water savings, delivering a constant flow rate at 1.5 gallons per minute. The exclusive European design features a high-arc spout, decorative loop handle and flexible pull-out spray. Hydra is also AB1953 Lead Free. The Hydra faucet is made from the most durable materials available. Solid brass body construction anchors the finely tuned inner workings, from the long-lasting ceramic disc cartridge to the flexible and convenient pull-out spray hose. Matching soap/lotion dispensers are offered. (blancoamerica.com)
Grand Haven, Mich.-based One2Flush has created an aftermarket way to make standard 3.5 gallon toilets use less water. The One2Flush dual-flush toilet conversion kit turns almost any toilet into a high-efficiency, low-flow, dual-flush toilet, reducing water usage by 40%. The average American family can save 30 gallons a day, or 10,000 gallons a year—the size of a 27-ft.-long swimming pool. The product is an easy-to-install, affordable solution for homeowners who want to use their existing toilet while enjoying the financial and environmental benefits of modern technology. The unit retails for $29.95. (one2flush.com)
Leviton CFL Lampholder
Melville, N.Y.-based Leviton has expanded its line of Compact Fluorescent Ceiling Lampholders for closets and closed spaces to include an occupancy sensor version. The new Occupancy Sensor Fluorescent Ceiling Lampholder meets NFPA 70, NEC Section 410.16 Requirements. Designed to reduce the risk of fire in closets, it can also be used in open spaces. Suitable for all areas of the home, it automatically senses movement to turn lights on and is easy to install, with pigtail leads and knockout holes for multiple box configurations. It is sold with a 13-watt lamp and lamp guard. (leviton.com)
Energizer Smart recharger
St. Louis-based Energizer has released a new line of recharging stations to work along with its line of NiMH rechargeable batteries. Able to charge two or four AA or AAA batteries at a time, the new Smart recharger provides a fuel gauge and countdown clock to tell consumers exactly when the batteries are fully charged. With its built-in overcharge protection, the charger is designed to maximize the life of the batteries. The charger can even identify batteries that can no longer be recharged. Standard recharge time is between six and seven hours. (energizer.com)
GE Energy Smart Floodlight
New York-based General Electric’s line of Energy Smart Floodlights combine the energy savings of a compact fluorescent bulb with the flood lamp shape of PAR 38 bulbs. Whether for use in recessed lighting or as flood lamps, the GE Energy Smart Floodlights offer more than $64 in energy savings over the life of the bulb (estimated at six years). The bulbs offer a replacement for standard 90-watt incandescent bulbs and use only 26 watts. (gelighting.com)
Honeywell Prestige HD 7-Day Programmable Home Comfort System
Morristown, N.J.-based Honeywell has taken indoor temperature control Hi-Def. The new Prestige HD line of programmable home comfort systems features a high-definition full-color display that boasts a visual clarity three times better than typical thermostats. The company said the interview-based programming makes for a thermostat that practically programs itself. With Honeywell’s Portable Comfort Control, users can adjust temperatures from anywhere in the home. The unit features an all-in-one control system that allows homeowners to control not only temperature, but also air quality functions such as humidification, dehumidification and air filtration. (yourhome.honeywell.com)
Compost Wizard Jr.
Lake City, Pa.-based Good Ideas has released the new scaled-down version of the 12-cubic-foot Compost Wizard, The Compost Wizard Jr., which holds 7 cubic feet of compost and sits on a wheeled base. The new handles provide better grip and, combined with the wheeled base, make turning even easier. The 12-in. twist-off lid keeps the compost safely closed off but is easy to remove and even doubles as an extra turning point. The ends feature aeration holes, which provide much needed airflow for the compost batch. The resin material used to mold the bin is 100% recycled and the rich dark color absorbs the sun’s heat, keeping the compost at a nice, hot temperature. (goodideasinc.com)
Suncast Rain Barrel
Batavia, Ill.-based Suncast introduced its new 50-gallon rain barrel for holding and catching rainwater. The barrel features durable resin construction and includes a drain hose for water usage with a shut-off valve for hose hookup. The barrel’s overflow hose doubles as a connector hose, and the debris filter keeps leaves and yard waste out of water. The product is linkable to one additional barrel for increased capacity, and the secure lid is child- and pet-proof. (suncast.com)
Norpro Compost Keeper
Everett, Wash.-based Norpro introduces its newest line of countertop compost keepers with its 1-Gallon Ceramic Compost Crock. The attractive ceramic finish is designed to look good on kitchen countertops, while providing easy organic recycling. The Crock stores peelings, eggshells, coffee grounds, greens, clippings, vegetable scraps and other organic waste for transfer to a garden composter. The lid includes a charcoal filter to keep compost odorless. The Crock also comes with a sturdy stainless-steel handle. (norpro.com)
Gila Titanium Heat Control Window Film
St. Louis-based Gila Film Products introduces its new line of heat-blocking window film. The new Titanium Heat Control Window Film reflects up to 72% of the sun’s heat to keep a home cool and to reduce summer cooling costs. This film also blocks up to 99% of UV rays to prevent furniture and decorations from fading. The film’s light tint won’t block views, and the product is quick and easy to install. The film is safe for dual-paned windows and comes in two sizes: 3-ft. by 15-ft. and 4-ft. by 15-ft. sheets. (gilafilms.com)
Inside the home
Consumer research from The NPD Group connects the dots of appliance ownership in its most recent report, “Inside the Home: Appliances We Own & Use.”
According to the report, ownership in the major appliance category over-indexes among those who also own their home. However, homeownership does not fully predict who owns these products, nor who has recently purchased them. While one in four homeowners indicate having purchased a major appliance in the past 12 months, one in five renters have as well.
Here are some of the key findings:
• Small kitchen electrics: The most owned and purchased products are often considered traditional countertop appliances, such as toasters, coffee makers, electric can openers and toaster ovens.
• Home environment appliances: The products used most often are those within the water filtration category, followed by upright vacuums. Close to half of upright vacuum owners are using their product once a week or more often.
• Hair appliances: Hair straightener owners are most likely to own other hair care appliances. Three-quarters of hair straighteners owners also own a curling iron or brush. The likelihood of a curling iron/brush owner to own a straightener is far less likely at 46%, however, a significant figure. • Americans who have a refrigeration filtration system are least likely to own a pitcher, pour-through water filtration, or a faucet-mount device — just 18% and 15%, respectively.
True Temper sale completed
“Our five-year plan for Ames True Temper Inc. was to expand the business, increase market share in the U.S., create international exposure and broaden product lines for distribution through our pipeline. We have done that and are pleased with the results. We wish the company continued success as part of the Griffon family,” said Castle Harlan co-president William Pruellage.