Harman™ and Quadra-Fire® Partner with the Arbor Day Foundation

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Planting 10,000 trees in support of renewable pellet and wood fuel via Facebook

Harman and Quadra-Fire partner with Arbor Day Foundation to promote renewable pellet and wood fuel.

“We will be able to plant much-needed trees in critical areas in state and national forests because of the innovative use of social media at Harman and Quadra-Fire,” said Ben Nelson, Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Arbor Day Foundation

Harman™ and Quadra-Fire®, two prominent U.S. hearth brands, are reaching out via Facebook to promote green, renewable pellet and wood heat. Beginning on Arbor Day, April 27, one tree will be planted for every person who becomes a fan by liking the Quadra-Fire or Harman Facebook pages. Up to 10,000 trees are expected to be planted in state and national forests through this partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation.

“This is just one of the many ways we are raising awareness for heating homes with natural, sustainable fuels that are produced right here in our back yard,” said Karen Smeltz, brand manager for Harman. “Heating with wood or pellets can lower overall heating costs, contribute to a greener Earth and reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil.”

More Benefits Than Consumers Realize
Technological advancements have made today’s wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and inserts considerably more efficient than even a few years ago. EPA-certified units are up to 85-percent efficient, producing more heat with less wood. They burn clean with low outside air emissions and minimal ash to clean up.

Pellet-burning stoves and fireplace inserts deliver powerful, high-efficiency performance using fuel largely made from recycled wood in North America. Pellets offer more cost stability over natural gas, propane and electricity—and are significantly more economical. Based on 2010 data for fuel prices and heating a 1,700 square-foot home in a cold-climate state:

  •     Switching from fuel oil reduces heating costs approx $800 per heating season.
  •     Switching from propane reduces heating costs approx $1,000 per heating season.
  •     Switching from electricity reduces heating costs approx $1,800 per heating season.

“We will be able to plant much-needed trees in critical areas in state and national forests because of the innovative use of social media at Harman and Quadra-Fire,” said Ben Nelson, Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Arbor Day Foundation. “These trees will provide cleaner air and water, habitat for wildlife and beauty for generations to enjoy.”

In addition to the environmental benefits, homeowners who invest in a pellet or wood-burning hearth product will often recover their costs within three to five years, based on today’s fuel prices. Also, U.S. homeowners who visit the Harman or Quadra-Fire websites can print a coupon for $100 off a stove or insert purchase.

To have a tree planted, visit http://www.facebook.com/HarmanStoves or http://www.facebook.com/QuadraFire and click the “like” button.

About the Arbor Day Foundation and Arbor Day
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit education and conservation organization of more than 1 million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.

About Quadra-Fire®
Quadra-Fire is a leading producer of fireplaces, stoves and inserts burning gas, wood, pellets, corn and other alternative fuels. Quadra-Fire products deliver clean, durable and long-lasting performance. The company is headquartered in Colville, WA and is a member of the Hearth & Home Technologies family of brands. For more information, please visit http://www.QuadraFire.com.

About Harman™
Dane Harman began making wood stoves in his garage in Halifax, Pennsylvania in 1979. The core of his inspiration was creating stoves “Built to a standard, not a price.” More than three decades later, this vision remains a guiding principle of every distinctive, powerful and responsible product bearing the Harman name. Now a part of Hearth & Home Technologies, Inc. (HHT), Harman manufactures stoves, inserts and central heating units burning wood, coal, pellets and other alternative fuels. For more information, please visit http://www.HarmanStoves.com.

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