g r e e n essentials
home, wireless sensors ease renovation and
retrofitting hurdles because they eliminate the
need for network wires, breaking, and cabling,
which can be a headache in historic homes.
Wireless technology allows greater variety in
installation and meets hard-to-wire design
challenges, such as dense concrete walls.
Homeowners save on material and installation
costs while also conserving energy.
— danielle ossher
hit the nail • For a true hammer-and-nails
approach to green renovation, consider
Illinois-based Maze Nails, whose sister company,
Independent Nails, is in Taunton, Massachusetts.
Car parts, radiators, and scrap steel are reworked
to create recycled metal fasteners, each
composed of 91 percent remelted domestic steel
(a number verified in a study by third-party tester
Scientific Certification Systems), so negligible
mined metal is used. Even scraps from
production at Maze are remelted. Like other
companies, Maze "pickles" its steel in a sulfuric
acid bath to remove impurities, but its in-house
Acid Recovery Unit takes the harmful spent acid
and converts it into raw materials, including
ferrous sulfate iron compounds. Millions of
pounds of zinc are also used, but the by-products
are not overlooked — they, too, are recycled into
materials Maze Nails can resell. Once the nail is
consumer-ready, the green initiative continues
with the company's recycled paper cardboard
packaging. Maze Nails are available at
independent home improvement retailers
throughout New England; for a list of stores, visit
mazenails.com or call 800-435-5949. — d.0.
. What To Do in a Bad Economy.
Lesson No; 1:
Don’t Worry, Our Financial
Situation Will Improve. We’re
Strong. Tough. Enduring. ;
(Kind of Like Our Shutters.)
BACK BAY SHUTTER CO. INC.
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clock watcher • There's no need for batteries
with Bedol's Water-Powered Clock. The
California-based company offers an eco-friendly
alternative timepiece that is fueled by water —
with a splash of lemon juice. While the exact
science is well guarded, one dose of the citrusy
concoction powers the clock for six to eight
weeks, and a built-in memory chip prevents the
time from resetting when the mixture is refilled.
The clock is offered in four clear plastic colors
(blue, green, orange, and charcoal) and is an
affordable choice at just $16. To order, visit
bedolwhatsnext.com or call 909-399-9000.