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The Value of Green Promotional Products

shower timerIf you’ve ever been to a trade show, you know that an interesting giveaway is an excellent strategy to attract potential customers and encourage people to talk about your company. The advantage to handing out something that can be used frequently is that it keeps your company name in front of people on a daily basis.

As companies search for the next best giveaway, many are starting to consider environmentally friendly products. For example, companies in California who are concerned about the drought may be looking for a way to be a part of the solution. Even though some of them would not be considered a “green” company per se, being able to give customers items such as a customized water timer is a way to demonstrate their environmental commitment to current and potential customers.

Our selection of personalized, eco-friendly promotional products is a cost-effective way to stand out amongst the completion. Pens and breath mints will be long forgotten, but people will likely still be using a shower timer, temperature gauge, water ruler, or LED nightlight.

Please visit our website for more information or call us for a quote: 1-800-879-8598.


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The Many Uses of Venture Tape

venture tapeVinyl tape, which is commonly known as Venture Tape (manufacturer), is good for weatherization as well as many other things. Vinyl tape is an insulative weatherization tape widely used for seaming vinyl faced fiberglass insulation in metal buildings and for water heater blanket insulation. Often used by electricians, vinyl tape is typically made of slightly stretchy PVC vinyl, and is backed with a pressure sensitive rubber-type adhesive and is available in a variety of other colors (like red, green, yellow, green, and white) that can be used for color-coding. It helps keep insulation securely in place, and once applied, it can stand weather conditions just as well as the insulation that it is being used on. This tape is made to be durable and withstand extreme temperatures, including high heat and humidity. Although this tape is supposed to be used for a specific purpose, it has many benefits and can be used for a lot more:

Here are some other ways people use vinyl tape to their benefit:

Other Uses:

  • Patching up tears in insulation
  • Protecting wire splices
  • Temporarily holding bandages in place
  • Drummers in bands tape their finger to help stop blisters and use colored tape to wrap their drum sticks, making them more durable and giving their performance a flashy look
  • Athletes use tape to stop shin guards from slipping
  • Rugby players pin back their ears to keep them being pulled by the opposition and to prevent cuts and abrasions
  • Stagehands use tape to secure stage lighting cables
  • Actors mark stage floors with tape to help them recall stage positions
  • Cricket players will wrap it around tennis balls to create makeshift cricket balls
  • Organized people can use the tape for color coding and labeling purposes
  • Artists can use it to create unconventional wall art and sculptures
  • Some people even use the tape to replace the stickers on their Rubik’s Cube®

3″ Vinyl tape is a strong and solid tape that clearly has many benefits and can be used on many types of insulation.

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Finding the Right Door Sweep for Your Home

Exterior Door SweepWith or without a security system, intruders can enter your home through a closed door – but not the kind you have in mind. Dust, cold air, bugs, and more use the open spaces between door bottoms to become a mainstay in your house. Protect your energy bill from bloat by installing a standard, foam, self-stick, or automatic exterior door sweep.

Standard Door Sweeps

Install a standard sweep on doors that cross wooden, tiled, or smooth floors of any kind. Standard sweeps need to be screwed into the bottom of a wooden or steel door, but a little labor is worth the benefit. They seal saps as large as 3/4ths of an inch and have a long lifespan, lasting for years at a time. The most common size is a 36 inch door sweep but you may need a 42 inch door sweep.

Foam Door Sweeps

Renters rejoice! Foam door sweeps install without any screws whatsoever and work on doors that cross nearly any type flooring: carpet, tile, wood, and more. This exterior door sweep comes with two tubes and a connected pocket, or sleeve, for each tube. Simply slide one tube into each sleeve and slip it under the door.

Self-Stick Door Sweeps

If you can peel a sticker you can install a self-stick door sweep. Peel the adhesive from the backing and stick it to the bottom of the door. This type of door sweep works best on metal and wood doors, but regardless of the door you’ll have weatherproof, dust-proof, bug-proof and hassle-free insulation with self-stick sweeps.

Automatic Door Sweeps

Carpeted areas or doors that cross over rugs will get the most benefit out of automatic door sweeps. This exterior door sweep was designed to rise just enough to cross the carpeted area but still seal firmly when the door is closed. A little more install work is required here, with screws and a “roller” (plug), but these sweeps seal up to 1/2″ of space between the door and threshold.

Get proactive in your home’s energy security (along with your finances) by investing in door sweeps.


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LED Recessed Lighting Options

Recently, I decided to replace the ugly fluorescent tubes in kitchen with recessed lighting. I wanted to go with a LED recessed lighting retrofit because of the energy savings and also because they’re finally becoming very affordable. There actually are quite a few options and it’s a bit confusing deciding which direction to go. It comes down to 2 options: installing LED Recessed Lighting Retrofit Kits or going with a Remodel Recessed Lighting Kit and then purchasing R30 or R40 LED Lamps separately. So which option is better? The answer is, like almost in everything else in life: it depends. Here are the factors to consider when making your decision:

LED Recessed Lighting Retrofit Kit
LED Recessed Lighting Retrofit Kit

1)Existing Recessed Lights. If you have existing recessed lighting in the same area, you may want to match the existing look. In which case, purchasing a Remodel Recessed Lighting Kit makes more sense because you can get the same or similar trim finish. You can then install an R30 Led bulb of your choosing – again to match the existing bulbs.

2)Wattage and Color Temperature Choices. If you’d going after a specific wattage (.e.g higher wattage) with a specific color temperature (e.g. say 5000k) then go with the Remodel Kit because you’ll have more choices when buying the LED R30 Lamp separately.

3)Specific Look of the Trim. If you are looking for a specific look of the recessed light trim e.g. brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, then going with the Remodel Lighting Kit makes more sense because the choices of trims available is much larger.

R30 LED Bulb
R30 LED Bulb

4)All in one installation. If you are going for an easy installation with an integrated lamp, then go with the LED Recessed Retrofit Kit.

5)Cost. It’s a bit cheaper to go with the Retrofit LED Recessed Lighting Kit since you don’t have to purchase a separate remodel recessed lighting kit and an LED Bulb.

6)Only allow Energy Efficient Lighting. If this is going to a commercial facility, or a rental unit or you simply don’t want any possibility of anything other then energy effficient lighting ,then go with the LED Recessed Retrofit Kits. Since the LED light is integrated there is no way you can put in say an incandescent bulb as you can with the Remodel Lighting Kit.

In case you’re curios about which option I went with, we decided on the Remodel Recessed Lighting Kits and purchased 15w Dimmable LED R30 bulbs. We had existing recessed lighting in the kitchen and we wanted the new lights to blend in with those.



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Recycling is Good but Reusing is Even Better!

Recycling materials for further use is wonderful. However it still requires energy to transport the original materials to a sorting facility and then more energy to process it. And yet more energy to distribute it in it’s new re-purposed form.

Instead, wouldn’t it better if we reused the original items to extend it life? A perfect example is cardboard packaging. In this country, we recycle thousands of tons of cardboard boxes each day. That’s all well and good, but what if we got multiple reuses out of those boxes for further shipments. That would be the most efficient utilization of resources. That’s how we feel at Conservation Mart. Which is why when you receive a package from us, it will most likely not be a brand new cardboard box. Most likely, it’ll be a box that has nothing to do with our industry. We’re giving a salvaged box another life and it lowers shipping costs which we pass onto our customers. What’s there not to like about that?

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Weatherproofing Windows Reduces Drafts in a Home

Weatherproofing Windows
Weatherproofing Windows

In a home that lacks proper insulation, air leaks occur year-round. However, they are most easily felt during the winter months. For example, if you sit at a window that is poorly insulated, or place your hand to it, a draft can be felt coming into the home. With drafts come less comfort in the home, and more money spent on heating it. Weatherproofing windows can be done with tools such as rope caulk, v seal weatherstripping, and interior storm windows. These are all simple to install and capable of sealing air leaks without breaking the bank.

Rope caulk is simply window putty that comes on a roll. Of the three tools, it is the simplest to install. To install, take a piece of the caulk, and press it into the window gaps with your fingers. Be sure to go around the entire window for the best results. The amount of rope caulk necessary depends on the size and number of windows that require insulation. Rope caulk is available in 35 ft., 45 ft., and 90 ft. rolls in both brown and grey, and costs between $2.50 and $5.80.

V seal weatherstrip also comes on a roll, and is made of pre-scored polypropylene that has an adhesive backing on one half of it. Weatherproofing windows with this tool is done by first cleaning the surface where the sealant will be placed. Then, using a pair of scissors cut the v seal into the desired length, and press into place using your fingertips. The shape that is made with the sealant is a “V” shape, hence the name. V seal weatherstrip comes in brown and white rolls of 17 ft. and 180 ft., and costs between $4.50 and $23.00.

Interior storm windows cover the entire window to seal out drafts. By creating dead air space , the kit increases insulating R-Value up to 90%. Window kits cost between $5.99 and $13.00, and are the most difficult of the 3 to install. Exact instructions depend on the type of kit acquired, but here are a few basic steps that are required for installation of interior storm windows:

  • Clean the window surface.
  • Apply tape to the designated places on the window.
  • Place the plastic film over the window, and lightly against the tape.
  • Lightly stretch the film, making sure to not stretch too much.
  • Use a hair dryer to stretch the film. Do not let the dryer touch the film. This also gets rid of any wrinkles.
  • Cut off any excess film.

Using either of these tools, you can quickly seal out window drafts, reducing the amount of energy loss that occurs in the home. In addition, weatherproofing windows will help reduce the amount of money spent on heating the home, as windows account for 10%-25% of all home energy loss.

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Simple Ways to Weatherize: How to Pick the Correct Size Attic Tent


During extreme weather months, the attic tends to be the area of the home that gets the coldest. This is because attic-tentmost attics are not well insulated, and are either too hot or too cold. Attic doors typically act as an escape for air from the attic, which then mixes with the air inside the home, increasing energy bills. Insulating the attic door with an Attic Tent is a light-weight, simple, and cost-effective way to reduce the amount of unwanted air infiltration from the attic into the home, and it comes in many sizes to fit over many different attic doors.

Choosing the right size attic stair insulation for your attic can be accomplished with just one tool: measuring tape.

  • Measure the width of the attic door across (typically 22″ to 30″)
  • Measure the length of the attic door across (typically 54″ to 60″)
  • If your attic is one that has the usual triple-fold staircase, then you should measure the height of the staircase when folded (typically 7′ to 13’)
    • 7’ height is necessary for an attic ladder side rail made with a 1×4
    • 13′ height is necessary for an attic ladder side rail made with a 1×5 or 1×6

A benefit to the attic tent is that it offers some flexibility with the measurements. Whether you order a size that is 2-3 inches too small or 2-3 inches too large, this type of attic stair insulation has some give that allows the tent to fit over the door that is being insulated. The Attic Tent is lightweight, weighing no more than 5-6 pounds, easy to install and pays for itself in energy savings within the first year. Once you know the right size necessary for your attic, you will be well on your way to reducing the amount of unwanted air exchanges that occur through the attic.



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Simple Way to Weatherize: V Seal Weatherstrip Reduces Drafts in Winter

V Seal Weatherstrip
V Seal Weatherstrip

As summer comes to a close, and the leaves on trees turn from green to the autumn colors of yellow, red, and orange, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are like many homeowners, what you are least looking forward to may be having cold air come into the home and having the warm air leave. In addition to creating discomfort, this also raises energy bills. In this five-part blog series we’ll discuss how to reduce heating costs this winter; starting with v seal weatherstrip for windows and doors.

V seal weatherstrip has an adhesive backing and designed to be easily bent so that it forms a V shape once pressed into the corner of window or doors. It comes in various widths and lengths, and is made of insulating polypropylene that is pressed against the sides of gaps or cracks in windows to create a seal and eliminate window drafts. It can be installed in a few simple steps:

  • Measure windows and clean the surface for application.
  • Using a pair of scissors, cut the V Seal weatherstrip to the desired length.
  • Fold the cut piece into a “V” shape.
  • Remove adhesive backing
  • Using your fingertips, place the v seal weatherstrip on the cleaned surface

Weatherproofing your windows/doors with a v seal is also cost effective. The weatherstrip costs around five dollars, and remains on windows/doors the entire winter. In addition to being affordable and durable, the v seal weatherstrip does not diminish visual appeal of your windows or doors, as they are invisible when in place. Once the cracks and gaps in windows have been taken care of, you will be on the right track to having more control over the temperatures in your home as well as the cost of heating.

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More options with Dimmable GU24 Bulbs

By now, you’ve probably come across a GU24 CFL bulb. You know it’s the CFL that has two prongs sticking out. You attach it to the fixture not by screwing it in (like a standard bulb) but by sticking the prongs into the fixture and twisting it till the bulb locks into place.

Dimmable GU24
Dimmable GU24

When these bulbs came onto the lighting scene a few years ago, there weren’t a lot of options. That has changed as these have gained popularity due to GU24 advantages which we cited in a previous post.

Now you can get GU24 bulbs from all the major lighting manufacturers such as TCP Lighting, Feit Electric, Bulbrite, Maxlite, Sylvania to name a few. They are available in different wattages, sizes (short, tall), color temperatures (2700k for a warm look or 5000 for a daylight color) and they have dimmable features available. A few years ago you couldn’t have a GU24 bulb in a dimmable fixture. That’s changed now and dimmable GU24 bulbs are available from many manufacturers. So if you’re looking into an energy efficient fixture that you would like to have dimming features, fear not, there are plenty of options.