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03-20-10  Coolkeepers  Keeping your cool on a 100-degree summer day takes a lot of juice. It's when demand for electricity to run air conditioning spikes. That's why Rocky Mountain Power has promoted its Cool Keepers program. In exchange for allowing the power company to install a device that cuts electricity to air conditioners during peak consumption hours, the consumer gets an annual or pro-rated credit. The utility may turn the compressor off for as long as 15 minutes in each half hour between 2pm and 8pm weekdays from June 1 to August 31. Even when the compressor is off, the blower can continue to circulate residual cool air (especially from the basement). Go to http://www.coolkeeper.net/ for details and enroll.

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  • IKEA Launches New Smart Lighting Line

    Following in the footsteps of GE, Phillips, and a host of others, IKEA is now officially offering its own line of smart lights scheduled to be available in the U.S. by the end of April.

  • JCPenney Gets Into the Remodeling Game

    Since 2012, not a year has passed that JCPenney didn’t close more stores than it opened due to falling revenue. Sales last year were down 30 percent from where they were in 2011, according to Fortune. But the department store has a plan to recapture at least some of that lost revenue: home remodeling. 

    “With the resurgence of the housing market, consumers are spending more than $300 billion annually to upgrade their homes since nearly two-thirds of the nation’s homes are over 30 years old,” said Marvin Ellison, chairman and CEO of JCPenney, in a release. 

  • NARI Rolls Out New Accreditation Program

    The National Association of the Remodeling Industry has unveiled a new accreditation program—a first for the trade group.

    Traditionally, NARI’s certification programs have focused on individual remodelers’ knowledge and professionalism. To date, there hasn’t been an accreditation program for remodeling businesses—until now.