New product foils copper thieves
A product aimed at protecting the copper coils on air conditioning units has been released by a Dallas-Fort Worth firm. Called the CopperWatcher, the device triggers a home or commercial building’s existing alarm system when copper thieves shut down the AC’s high voltage power in order to disconnect the unit’s condenser tubing.
CopperWatch can distinguish between power outages and deliberate shutdowns and also has a battery back-up system. The device also triggers security alarms when thieves cut a refrigerant unit’s copper line.
NPD Group to track appliances
The NPD Group, a market research firm, has announced that it launched enhanced services related to its consumer research of the appliance business. Both small and major appliances will be included in the Port Washington, N.Y., company’s tracking studies, which look at transaction counts and provide market size estimates based on NPD’s point-of-sales data.
In addition to large kitchen appliances, the NPD survey will include home health care, electric kettles, water heaters and dehumidifiers.
“We are excited to provide our clients with a more comprehensive view of the total appliance marketplace,” said Perry James, president of home and office supplies, The NPD Group. “NPD’s new consumer tracker will give clients a clearer picture of their consumers’ decision-making process, allowing them to identify opportunities and drive success.”
EPA’s WaterSense points to accomplishments
On the fifth anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program, organizers say the system has saved 125 billion gallons of water. That’s equal to three days’ flow of water over Niagara Falls.
Over the last five years, WaterSense labeled products have also helped users reduce their water and energy bills by more than $2 billion, avoid greenhouse gas emissions equal to removing 1.2 million cars from the road, and save enough energy to power more than 1.5 million American homes for a year.
In 2010 alone, WaterSense pointed to annual savings of:
• Almost 80 billion gallons of water;
• 10.8 billion kilowatt hours of electricity; and
• $1.3 billion in water and energy bill savings.
With the release of a shower head specification in 2010, the full suite of WaterSense-labeled bathroom products — toilet, faucet, shower head — is now complete, according to the EPA’s WaterSense Current newsletter. A household updating its bathroom with WaterSense-labeled fixtures could save enough water each year to wash six months’ worth of laundry.