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Portable Generators

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Portable generators are perfect for setting– work, home, or play. In construction, and other outdoor jobs, portable generators are a necessity. From lighting to power tools, they are there to help you get the job done!

At home a portable generator can be a real life saver. When the power goes out, it can be more than just an inconvenience. Power outages can result in spoiled food, lost work time, and even damage to your home. Be smart, be prepared.

Love the outdoors? Who doesn’t! For those who enjoy getting out and getting away, a portable generator is key. Campers, RV’ers, boaters, and even tailgaters all find themselves at one point or another needing a power source.

Portable generators are practical, affordable, and easy to use. Whether you’re looking to supplement your recreational lifestyle or simply be prepared, they are key. Ask us today how a portable generator can benefit you.

FAQs About Carpet

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Carpets- we all use them, practically everyone has one. Still, sometimes choosing the right carpet, carpet pad, proper care and maintenance can all be a mystery. Here are a few FAQs about carpets.

What type of cushion should I use under my carpet?

Cut pile carpet should have a cushion that is no thicker than 7/16 of an inch and a firm cushion. Berber carpet and most commercial carpet should have a cushion no thicker than 3/8 of an inch and be a very firm cushion.

My carpet was soaked due to a flood, what are my options?

Carpet should be professionally extracted & dryers setup and running within 12 to 24 hours. It’s best to use a professional that is trained in water restoration in order to ensure carpet, pad & sub-floor is completely dried within 12 to 24 hours to prevent mold. If the carpet is contaminated with sewage, it is recommended to properly dispose of carpet and pad.

Where can I find allergy free carpet?

There is no known allergy-free floorcovering. The Carpet & Rug Institute has the IAQ program testing for chemical emissions. Look on the back of the samples for the CRI label ensuring that the carpet meets our standards for chemical emissions. For Dust and Pollen, carpet should be vacuumed at least twice a week and professionally cleaned approximately every 12 to 18 months according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

I have been out shopping for carpet and every store I go to tells me a different story about fibers and what type of carpet to buy. What is the truth, how do I buy durable carpet?

Every fiber has it’s own characteristic (we give each fiber characteristic) and no one single fiber has everything. Regardless of which fiber you choose, the construction of the carpet is what makes carpet durable. For durable, heavy traffic carpet you want to look for a dense construction (you don’t want to be able to easily see, or feel the backing of the carpet through the fiber). Shorter pile heights perform better in heavy traffic areas (like entry ways, stairs, halls, playrooms) so choosing a pile height with a ½ of an inch or less will be more durable. If choosing a cut pile carpet, a tighter twist will be more durable than a looser twist. If choosing a Berber carpet, the smaller tighter loops will be more durable than the larger looser loop.


How can I tell if the adhesives being used on my carpet are environmentally friendly as for as chemical emissions?

Be sure and specify with the installer that you want adhesives used that have been through the CRI IAQ program. You should also be able to see the Green label on the bucket label.

My carpet is buckling, what causes this to happen?

Several things can cause buckling, improper installation, the wrong cushion, moving furniture or high humidity. When having your carpet re-stretched, be sure all the furniture is removed from the room and the carpet is power stretched very tightly in all four directions.

How often should I vacuum?

It’s best to vacuum your carpet at least twice a week, if you can’t vacuum your entire house this often, at least vacuum the high traffic areas at least twice a week.

I have wool carpet, should I use a beater bar/brush on my wool carpet?

It is recommended to use a vacuum cleaner that has suction only.

My retailer told me to never have my carpet cleaned, is this true?

Maintenance adds to the life of your carpet. Carpet should always be cleaned the way the manufacturer specifies approximately every 12 to 18 months.

I was told if I have my carpet steamed cleaned it will mold?

Carpet that is wet cleaned should be dry within 12 hours. Carpet that is properly extraction cleaned should not be wet long enough to mold.

What can I do to eliminate the mold on my carpet?

Locate and repair the source of the moisture. It is best to call a professional water restoration cleaner in order to ensure all mold is eliminated.

All About Solid Surface

Monday, March 8th, 2010

What is Solid Surface?

Often referred to as Corian®, the same way tissue paper is referred to as Kleenex®, solid surface material is an acrylic resin composite typically used as kitchen and bath counter top surfaces and shower wall enclosures. It can be made to look like granite, quartz, marble, mottled glass, stainless steel and a host of other colors/looks.

New and creative applications are being found all the time for this versatile material including sign-making, window sills, gun handles, artwork, lamps, pen-turning, cutting boards, pen-making, guitar bodies, and much more.

What are the pro’s and con’s?

Pros

* Because it’s solid (the pattern or color runs throughout), chips, dents and scratches can be repaired easily.
* Comes in a variety of colors and finishes ranging from gloss to matte; it can look and feel like stone.
* Flexible enough to form decorative shapes and an integral sink.
* Can be molded into a single seamless piece. If seams are necessary, they’re inconspicuous and non-porous, preventing the growth of bacteria.
* A high-gloss countertop can be buffed back to its original luster.
*Non-porous, making it resistant to bacteria, stains, and chemicals.

Cons

* May crack as it cools down after a hot item has been on it.
* May stain. However, because it’s nonporous (that is, nothing soaks too far into it), spots can be easily scrubbed out.
* You’ll need to use a cutting board, though scratches can be easily sanded out.

What are the typical measurements, how much is it, and what about warranties?

Our solid surface sheets are typically sold in 30″x144″ slabs. All slabs are sold at the same thickness of 1/2.” Edges are standard and can be upgraded to fit your design needs.

The price of solid surface can vary depending on the brand and quality. Installed, solid surface costs anywhere between $35 to $55 per sq ft.

Solid surface comes with a warranty only if installed by certified fabricators. We provide a 10 year limited warranty on all projects we install. Though it is not required to be certified to purchase the material, we do not warranty any materials purchased and installed by unqualified individuals. This is why we install all solid surface we sell, to make sure your project has a warranty attached to it.

Let us be your solid surface experts!

Call us today and let’s get started on your project!

Portable Solar

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Do you like gadgets?

These days, everyone has some sort of gadget they just can’t live without. Whether it’s an iPod, GPS, laptop, or cell-phone, we never leave home without some piece of technology. And regardless of what it may be, they all require electricity.

Because of our dependence on these gadgets, and because they all run on electricity, there’s always a need for a power supply to keep them charged. At some point, everyone finds themselves in need of power, and there is a simple and affordable solution.

Declare your energy independence!

Portable solar is the perfect choice for anyone with a portable device they just can’t live without. As solar technology continues to advance, power output of solar panels has increased while the size and weight of the units has decreased. This makes the portable solar kits convenient and more reliable.

Portable solar systems have several applications. Charge your portable music player or cell-phone, plug in your laptop, or even power a small TV! The kits themselves can come in a variety of forms, depending on the occasion and your personal preference. Products range in a variety of styles from backpacks to briefcases, all designed to increase your energy independence. Click here to see a visual catalog of the different portable solar systems available.

We can get you started

With solar battery systems becoming lighter and smaller in power requirement, EverEnergy Design proudly provides light weight, cost efficient portable solar power systems for anyone’s need. Contact a solar professional today and let us help you become more energy independent!

Geothermal Power

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Alternatives in energy

Typically when a person thinks of alternative energy, they immediately envision solar panels and wind turbines. Though solar and wind are both popular and well-known forms of alternative energy, there exists another form. You may have heard of it. Its called geothermal power, and, like solar and wind power, it too uses natural processes to create energy.

Many people have heard of geothermal power, but few know exactly what it is and how it works. Today we’re going to talk a little about what geothermal power is, how it works, and what are its residential and commercial applications.

What is geothermal power?

In basic terms, geothermal power is power harnessed from heat stored in the earth. Though the temperature on the surface of the earth changes significantly from night to day and from season to season, the temperature beneath the surface remains relatively constant. The deeper beneath the surface, the hotter it gets.

How does it work?

Geothermal Reservoirs

Geothermal power works in a couple of ways. The first is by tapping into something called “geothermal reservoirs.” The surface layer of the earth, called the “crust,” is filled with cracks and faults. Over time rainwater can seep down beneath the crust through these cracks and faults and collect in underground reservoirs.Because of the intense heat and pressure beneath the crust, the water in these reservoirs becomes super heated, sometimes reaching temperatures of up to 700ºF! We call these super heated pockets of water geothermal reservoirs.

By drilling channels deep beneath the crust, scientists can allow the hot water from these reservoirs to rise to the surface. As the water rises to the surface of the earth, there is less and less pressure, which allows the some of the water to instantly evaporate into steam. We call this “flashing.” When the water “flashes” into steam at the surface, that steam drives a turbine which in turn produces electricity.

The water moves through a few more storage tanks where it flashes into steam a few more times before being returned back down into the geothermal reservoir. To conserve on water usage, the steam is condensed back into water and also returned to the earth.

Hot Dry Rock

Another way scientists use geothermal energy to create electricity is by using a resource called “hot dry rock.” This process follows the same general idea as geothermal reservoirs, only with a few more steps involved. In some areas beneath the crust there are super heated sections of rock. Unlike the reservoirs however, these areas lack the cracks and faults in the crust that allow water to seep down into the ground, so the rock is essentially dry. By drilling down and artificially creating cracks in the rock, scientists are able to pump water down into the areas of super heated dry rock. A second channel is drilled on the other end of the heated rock so that the now heated water can flow up and turn turbines in the same manner as the geothermal reservoir process.

So, what are the residential applications of geothermal energy?

Since geothermal electricity is dependent on super heated rock deposits close to the surface of the earth, geothermal power plants are typically located near tectonic plate fault lines. This means that unless you live close to these areas, you probably won’t have access to geothermic electricity. However, there is another way the earth can help you. They’re called geothermal pumps, and they can be used anywhere on earth!

Like we talked about earlier, the temperature beneath the earth’s surface remains relatively constant. At just a few feet beneath the surface, the temperature of the earth constantly stays at around 50ºF. Using geothermal heat pumps (GHP), we use these stable temperatures to keep our indoors comfortable. These pump systems circulate water or other liquids through pipes buried beneath the surface next to the building. Depending on the weather, these systems can be used for heating or cooling.

Heating

The earth’s heat is transferred to the liquid in the pipes buried in the ground, and that liquid is then circulated up into the building where the heat is transferred into the building.

Cooling

During hot weather, the liquid in the pipes absorb the heat from the building and circulate it down underground where it is cooled down to be circulated back up into the building, helping to maintain a comfortable temperature.

Geothermal heat pumps are an efficient and environmentally friendly way to maintain the temperature of a building or home. Considering that on average more than 50% of a typical family’s energy bill goes to heating and cooling, geothermal power is also an excellent way to be more conservative.

Call us

EverEnergy Design is proud to sell and install geothermal heat pumps. For information on how geothermal power can help you cut costs and at the same time be more eco-friendly, contact us today.

Solar Power and your RV

Monday, March 1st, 2010

For people on the go, RV’s are a great way to get around. Millions of Americans use them every year for traveling, vacations, and camping. During your travels you may have noticed that the cost of batteries and campsite electrical connections can add up quickly. There is a solution that is both economic and eco-friendly: solar for your RV!

Solar energy kits for your RV are an excellent way to supplement, and in some cases supplant, your electrical needs. They are specifically designed to power the different needs of an RV. They give you the freedom to run lights, fans, furnaces, TV’s, and other appliances without having to plug into shore power or run your generator. Whether you are an avid traveler or an occasional weekend outdoorsman, solar RV kits are perfect.

RV owners everywhere are making the switch to solar energy for their RV’s, and now you can take advantage of this great opportunity as well. At EverEnergy Design we both sell and install solar RV kits. Contact us today to learn more about solar for your RV!

Going Green with Stainless

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Stainless steel is an excellent choice for those who are looking for more eco-friendly products in an environmentally conscious world. EverEnergy Design is proud to offer a variety of high quality stainless steel products.

Stainless steel can help you become a little “greener” for two reasons.

1) The solid construction of these products makes it so you never need to replace them.

2) Stainless steel is a “green material.”

Let’s discuss these reasons in a little more detail.

First, the construction of these products is solid and reliable, meaning you’ll never have to replace them, and that means less manufacturing processes.

Second, stainless steel is a “green material,” meaning that the processes involved in producing it are environmentally friendly. Several criteria are used in evaluating the “greenness” of stainless steel. Everything from waste minimization to the materials and energy used to its recyclability is all taken in to account. Every step in the process of manufacturing stainless steel is scrutinized to make sure it is environmentally conscious.

For more information on stainless steel as a “green material,” click here.

Our modern style stainless steel hardware has a natural Satin and Polished Stainless Steel finish choice. Traditionally brass is the most common material used for its’ desirable color and malleability; however it tarnishes easily due to oxidation.

Stainless steel is an eco-friendly, rust-resistant material that requires no maintenance. Our stainless steel door hardware is manufactured with precision casting, superior engineering and meticulous craftsmanship.

Here are a few sample stainless steel lever sets we offer. To browse our catalog and see more designs, check us out at rusticahardware.com

Solar Energy – An Brief Introduction

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

In an increasingly energy conscious world, many are turning to alternative forms of energy such as wind, solar, and even geothermics. Here is a brief introduction to solar energy that will hopefully provide some insight for those new to this form of alternative energy.

What is solar energy?

Most simply, solar energy is energy that comes from the sun, and it is used everywhere. Plants use the sun’s energy to grow. Animals use it for warmth and light. Even though we humans have been using solar energy in many forms for a very long time, we’ve now learned how to turn it into electricity. It is estimated that the sun sends more energy to the Earth in one hour than the entire planet uses in a year! That’s a lot of power!

How does solar power work?

Solar power works by basically harvesting the sun’s light and turning it into electricity. This is often referred to as “photovoltaics”. Perhaps you’ve seen solar panels before. Solar panels are made of several layers of particular materials that take in light both easily and efficiently. As the light passes through the panels, an electrical charge is produced. Circuits running through the panels take that electrical charge and turn it into useful electricity.

What are some options for using solar power?

There are many practical uses for solar power. Solar power water heating systems are an excellent example. 30% of household energy use goes to conventional water heating systems. By installing a solar power water heating system you not only save money, you also help to reduce the burden on existing energy infrastructures. Portable solar power systems are becoming increasingly popular, allowing people on the go the ability to carry a power source with them wherever they travel.

Residential solar power systems are another great option. They allow consumers to cut down on their energy bills, disconnect from the grid all together, and in some cases even put power back into the grid! Can you imagine your power company sending you a check for what they owe you?

How much can I expect to save?

The amount of savings you can expect depends on a few factors including your energy usage, whether you decide to completely disconnect from the power grid or not, and your location. For solar panels to effectively do their job, they need at least 5 hours of direct sunlight everyday. Additionally, if your home is, on average, consuming large amounts of electricity, it will be difficult for your solar system to keep up with you.

Efficient and effective energy conservation depends not only on your choice of alternative energy, but also your energy consumption. A combination of solar power systems and energy conservation strategies can help you dramatically reduce your energy and save money over the years.

For more information, contact us and speak with a solar professional today.

The Conservative Bathroom

Friday, February 12th, 2010

5 Steps to a More Sustainable & Energy Smart Bath

Did you know about 65% of water use occurs in the bathroom? Conservation is #1 for energy savings. Here are 5 ideas that can help:

1-New Vanity-Granite is radioactive, and as a vanity, can emit cancer causing agent. Buy one of our sealed concrete vanity tops. You will never have to replace it, and it is not toxic.
2-Slow the Flow -Look for our WPA “water sense” labeled shower heads. This will save you 500 gal of water a year!
3-Fight Mold -Try one of our new sensor operating fan systems to maintain healthful indoor-air
4-Flush Less -Toilets account for 30% of a households water use. Contact us for a “full flush / half flush ” toilet water sensor
5-Let more sun in for natural lighting -Adding a window to a bathroom can save you 15% in electrical use

It’s Time! Our New Recycling Center Now Open!

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Our most exciting announcement yet… UTAH VALLEY NOW HAS A FULL SERVICE RECYCLING CENTER!

Located at EverEnergy Design
1208 S. 2000 W. Suite A -ON I15: TAKE EXIT 260, THE WAL MART & CRACKER BARREL EXIT
Springville UT 84663

For years, Utahns have been limited to what they can recycle. With ALL curbside recycling in Utah Valley , you can only recycle #1’s #2’s, cardboard etc..

Now, thanks to EverEnergy Design, you can recycle:

* METAL
– Steel/tin cans, pie tins, aluminum foil, non-working major appliances
(NO REFRIGERATORS!)
* ALUMINUM
– Cans only

* PACKING FOAM
– White block foam only
(no food containers, clamshells, cups or colored styrofoam and NO PEANUTS!)

* GLASS
– Brown glass
– Clear / Green glass
– Blue glass

* WHITE OFFICE PAPER
– White and Pastel paper only

* MIXED PAPER
– Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, phone books (remove magnets), paper bags – “any paper that comes in the mail”

* CARDBOARD
– Corregated, paperboard, milk/ juice cartons
(plastic spouts removed please)

* HOUSEHOLD GREASE
– Cooking Oils (NO MOTOR OILS)

* PLASTICS
– #1 PETE plastics Mostly transparent soda, juice & water bottles
– #2 HDPE opaque plastics Milk jugs, water jugs please
(No solid colored plastics)
– #2—#7 Colored & Mixed Plastics – feel free to ask us if you’re unsure.
– Plastic Bags – all types of clean bags only!!
Bubble wrap and some types of foam like material can go here too.

With all plastic containers – please rinse, crush, and remove caps.
NO food residue, NO metal, NO Styrofoam, NO rubber.