The Nuts and Bolts: April 29, 2013

A little DIY, FYI...

Four Homeowners to Win $5K Worth of Fiberon Decking

Fiberon®, a leading manufacturer of PVC and composite decking, railing, and fencing products, has announced a new promotion called "Ask for Fiberon." Over the next four months, starting in April, the company will give away four monthly prizes including decking products with a retail value of $5,000.

"It's almost springtime and our 'Ask for Fiberon' promotion is a way to celebrate the coming of better weather and to give four lucky homeowners the materials they need to build a long-lasting, low-maintenance, gorgeous Fiberon deck they'll enjoy for years to come," said Doug Mancosh, president of Fiberon.

Monthly drawings to select random winners of the $5,000 prizes will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday April 30th
  • Friday May 31st
  • Friday, June 28th
  • Wednesday, July 31st

Winners will be notified by Fiberon via email within 24 hours of each drawing.

The "Ask for Fiberon" promotion will allow four winners to build the deck of their dreams, from stunning composite deck boards to beautiful railing and lighting accents. Fiberon products are also very low maintenance, featuring Fiberon Horizon Decking with industry-leading stain, fade and mold resistant technology, backed by a 25-year warranty.

Furthermore, Fiberon announced during Earth Day Week that The Fiberon HomeSelect railing lines will be available to do-it-yourself customers and contractors in more than 1,500 Lowe’s stores nationwide.

Census Bureau Releases "How Do We Know?" Home Improvement Infograph

The Census Bureau, partnered with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, have released an infograph showcasing the trend of homeowners deciding to undertake home improvement projects rather than purchasing a new home.

Home Improvements infographic image[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

Two More California Cities Join PACE Program

The HERO program is the largest residential PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program in the country with more than 8,000 applications from homeowners and over $150 million in approved projects in nearby communities. These communities have seen a significant economic impact from the program in the form of sustainable jobs, reduced carbon emissions, energy savings, and the promise of increased property values.

Two cities in California, San Marcos and Vista, have recently joined the rapidly growing PACE program, enabling home and commercial property owners in those areas to finance energy and water efficiency upgrades through the HERO Program. These upgrades make homes and businesses more comfortable while saving enough on utility bills to surpass the amount of money invested in the projects.

“We are so pleased to come to San Marcos and Vista and look forward to helping city leaders promote job growth and help homeowners save energy and save money,” said Dustin Reilich, Director of Municipal Development at Renovate America. Find out what other cities are taking part in the HERO program at

Whirlpool Introduces Wi-Fi Smart Appliance Series

Whirlpool has launched its new set of Wi-Fi Smart Appliances including a refrigerator, a dishwasher and a washer/dryer unit equipped with its ‘6th Sense Live technology’, which allows each appliance to be turned on, link up to a household Wi-Fi network, and show up on customer smartphones, tablets and PCs.

To work with the Wi-Fi features, Whirlpool has also released an app that allows customers to view information such as when the appliance is on, how much energy it is using and what it is costing. Furthermore, you can schedule tasks from your smartphone such as running the dishwasher or beginning a wash/dry cycle for your laundry.

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