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(NewsUSA) - People are not prone to change. We are creatures of habit, and even small sacrifices -- despite potentially handsome rewards -- can be difficult. Businesses are no different.
Although LED technology has been around for decades, most companies have used metal halide lighting, in part, because it wasn't until recently that LED bulbs have had commercial applications, and to make the switch when it became available meant a large financial commitment to retrofitting current lighting with LED bulbs.
Now, however, one company is hoping to help businesses pad their bottom line while curbing their energy use by changing from traditional metal halide lights to LED direct-replacement bulbs.
OEO Energy Solutions has created an energy-saving EZ LED light bulb that requires no wiring, no ballast bypass or no electrician, and unlike metal halide lights, the LED bulbs contain no mercury.
"Simply change bulbs, and your conversion to LED technology is complete. It's energy savings simplified," said John Einarsen of OEO Energy Solutions. "LED direct-replacement [light bulbs] for metal halide [lights] save 68 percent simply by changing bulbs."
By changing out metal halide lights for OEO's EZ LED light bulbs, the Illinois-based energy solutions company estimates that the savings would be about $364 per year, per light, not including rebates.
For one businessman, the changes have proved significant.
"With the EZ LED from OEO, my energy costs are down by almost 70 percent just by screwing in the EZ LED bulbs," said Brian Brandel, founder of hero247.com. "It was simple, and I don't expect to change a warehouse light again. My employees are happier with the far superior light quality, and I am delighted with the drastic improvement to my bottom line."
Currently, the OEO EZ LED is rebate-eligible in most states, and the return on investment is less than one year, prior to rebates. In addition, the light bulbs have a five-year warranty or 55,000 hours of life.
For more information, visit http://www.oeo.com/oeo-products/warehouse-industrial-solutions/high-bay-lighting/product/157-oeo-ez-led or call 800-553-2112.
(NewsUSA) - Winter is far from over, but it's not too soon for homeowners to begin thinking about all the damage that homes may have sustained from prolonged cold, snow and ice. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that ice dams are one of the most troublesome winter-related home problems as they can create the perfect environment for termites.
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining properly. The melting snow backs up behind this dam and can leak into a home, causing water damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and drywall and providing enough moisture to attract termites as they begin to emerge at the first signs of spring.
Termites are known as silent destroyers because their constant gnawing can go unnoticed until significant structural damage to the home occurs. Even more problematic is that termite property damage, which according to NPMA accounts for at least $5 billion each year, is not covered by homeowners insurance. Depending on the extent of the destruction, homeowners can be saddled with large repair bills.
Before the ground warms, and termite swarms emerge in search of new structures to feast on, homeowners should take necessary steps to ensure winter hasn't done a number on their homes and left them vulnerable to pest problems in the spring.
To prevent ice dams and possible subsequent termite infestations, NPMA offers the following 10 tips:
1. Promptly clear snow off roofs before it freezes and becomes harder to remove.
2. Install snow and ice shields on the roof.
3. Clean out gutters, and install gutter guards.
4. Cover an attic or house fan during winter.
5. Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles.
6. Add insulation to the attic rafters and ceiling.
7. Seal and insulate HVAC ducts.
8. Install chimney flashing to prevent leaks.
9. Seal gaps around electrical cables and vent pipes.
10. Install eave and soffit vents to circulate cold air.
To find a pest professional or learn more about termites, visit www.pestworld.org.