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New Energy Calculator from Juno Lighting Group

BY CSA STAFF

Juno Lighting Group, Des Plaines, Ill., has created the Energy Plus-Calculator to help builders and remodelers save energy and money on lighting. This new tool, a free download available at www.junolightinggroup.com, will help customers find smart solutions when making complex decisions about construction or remodeling projects.

The Energy Plus-Calculator delivers comprehensive reports on short- and long-term energy costs, helping users consider carbon footprints. It can also be used as a business tool, to help create more effective business proposals, and get quick tax-savings calculations. When the knowledge from the calculator is applied, it can help avoid costly code violations and reduce operating costs.

Users of the calculator begin by entering specific building and project information.  The base system information that is entered should include fixture-specific data for any type of lighting fixture, ranging from project information to space or building setup. A few clicks of the mouse will produce a report that compares the base system with up to four different solutions. The options will include calculations of potential energy savings, tax benefits and an analysis of environmental impact.

Reports will be customized, taking into account building information, fixture comparisons, lighting controls, energy comparisons, HVAC factors, maintenance time, maintenance costs, the Energy Policy Act (EPAct 2005) and other factors, such as rebates and financing.

Once downloaded, the calculator is available offline. It is completely portable and accessible without an Internet connection.

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Blockbuster tests Movielink service

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DALLAS Blockbuster has integrated its Movielink video-download service, which it bought a year ago and has asked 500 customers to test the program.

According to reports, the testers were selected from Blockbuster’s Total Access members as a way to thank them for their business and to learn where they thought the new service might need to be improved.

The formal launch of the Movielink service is expected to take place sometime in August. Blockbuster will charge $2 and up for each movie rental and $8 and up for each movie purchase.

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Study: Sporting goods sales up 4% in ’07

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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. Worldwide sales of sports equipment, apparel, and footwear increased a healthy 4% to $278.4 billion in 2007 according to a new report from The NPD Group.

According to the report the Unites States’ share of the market decreased from 40% to 36% mostly due to weakness in the dollar. Conversely, Europe increased its market share based on the strength of the Euro and in spite of slow sales growth in Europe, which were up 2%. 

Despite its slowing economy, the United States posted the highest growth rate among the top six developed countries, showing a 3% gain in the sports market.

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