Vectorform, DTE Energy announce joint venture

Global design and technology firm, Vectorform, in partnership with DTE Energy, have announced a joint venture to provide an energy-efficient mobile platform enabling customers to significantly improve home energy consumption and increase energy savings. 

The joint venture, known as Powerley, was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and is designed to allow utility companies to present real-time energy consumption information to their customers. The platform combines Android and iPhone devices with the Powerley Energy Bridge and the home’s advanced metre to provide complete breakdowns of energy consumption.

Architectural window film dealers energized by new resources and opportunities …

Friends and winners from a Panorama Dealer Awards

(PRLEAP.COM) Friday, Mar 3, 2015 – Over 150 attendees from all over North America collected in Scottsdale, AZ for a 9th Annual Panorama Dealer Meeting hold Feb 19-21st. The mid-century complicated décor of Hotel Valley Ho supposing a backdrop for augmenting finish consumer value offering by Solar Gard and a Panorama Dealer Network. With auspicious conditions in Residential transform and restoration projects along with a solid expansion trend in blurb projects dealers were serve versed to residence these segments by additional products and analytics. Additionally Solar Gard reinforces a joining to a network by a proclamation and introduction of; a new temperament package, additional product line additions as good as extended use offerings for Panorama Dealers to serve compute a particular value a Panorama Dealer Network represents.

Featuring 6 guest speakers and dozens workshops this year’s assembly highlighted Saint-Gobain’s 350 Year anniversary and history, offering sessions on door-opening use offerings; new and upgraded offering technology; tips on reaching consumers online and offline by web optimization and personal branding; interactive sessions on offering approaches and proven selling strategy from a play network, In further continued preparation continued with live academy training classes and acceptance offering for dealers positioned to sell Solar Gard’s Low E Window Film, Ecolux™, a breakthrough in record for all-season year-round appetite assets and comfort.

Hotel Valley Ho lent itself to a 1960s-inspired “Value is Timeless” thesis that was demonstrated in an unbeatable perspective from a roof tip of a hotel – that was creatively built in 1956 – during a acquire cocktail reception, as good as a organisation cooking featuring family diversion night activities and 1960s attire.

“Authorized Panorama Dealers are a best in a business in a perspective and are loyal business partners with a association and we designed this year’s Annual Dealer Meeting to stress this really indicate while providing a partners with best-in-class resources and collection to take their businesses to new heights.” pronounced Lawrence Constantin, Solar Gard’s Director of Sales and Marketing for a Americas. “Together with a Elite Panorama Network we will expose and residence a ceaselessly rising opportunities in a blurb and residential markets.

Solar Gard also famous a top-performing Panorama Dealers in North America in 2014 during a shutting awards party Saturday dusk focusing on several metrics such as:
Key Project, Energy Savings ROI, Product Line Performance, Hospitality and Overall Dealership Performance

The full list of endowment recipients includes:

  • Outstanding Panorama Project – Commercial: David Capps of AAA Glass Tint, Inc. – Crystal Lake, IL
  • Outstanding Panorama Project – Commercial: John Henderson of Royal Window Films, Anaheim, CA
  • Outstanding Panorama Project – Commercial: Darlene Sneddon of Advantage Window Tinting – Sugar Grove, IL
  • Outstanding Panorama Project – Residential: Brian and Cheryl Hoffman of Window Kote – St. Petersburg, FL
  • Hospitality Team Award: Steve Clark of Window Innovations, Inc. – Brentwood, CA
  • Panorama Hilite Excellence: Frank Torriero of Sun Tamers Window Tinting – Laguna Niguel, CA
  • Panorama PremierPlus Top Performer: Manny Almeida of Clearview Sun Control, Inc., Redondo Beach, CA
  • Outstanding New Panorama Dealer – East: Scott E. Brady of Secure Window Film and Tint LLC – Palm Harbor, FL
  • Outstanding New Panorama Dealer – West: Mike Shanahan of Armor Glass Tinting – Brea, CA
  • Outstanding Panorama Business Growth: John Henderson of Royal Window Films – Anaheim, CA
  • Panorama Ecolux Excellence: Philip White of Cool Dreams – Sierra Vista, AZ
  • Panorama Dealer of a Year: James Beale and Patrick Coyle of National Glazing Solutions LLC – Atlanta, GA
  • For any press, orator or images requests greatfully contact:

    Bill Trifiro
    [email protected]
    (540) 440-1100

    About Solar Gard
    Solar Gard definitely impacts lives with products that protect, save and renew. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Solar Gard creates attention heading architectural and automotive window films, photovoltaics and tradition coatings.

    A multiplication of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, a auxiliary of Saint-Gobain, a universe personality in a medium and construction markets, Solar Gard’s architectural solar control window films are proven CO disastrous and revoke tellurian hothouse gas emissions.

    Solar Gard products are sole in some-more than 90 countries underneath a Solar Gard®, Panorama®, Quantum® and Solar Gard Armorcoat® brands. For some-more information, revisit

    About Saint-Gobain
    Located in 64 countries and with scarcely 193,000 employees, Saint-Gobain, universe personality in habitat, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to accommodate a hurdles of growth, energy-saving and environmental protection. World personality in high opening plastics, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is headquartered in Aurora, Ohio (USA). The association employs 4,500 employees in 16 countries. Its product offer includes films, foams, coated fabrics, bearings, seals and liquid systems. For some-more information, revisit and

    Dark window tints are a transparent danger

    The emanate of car-window tinting has been divisive for many years. While it creates clarity to stain automobile windows to revoke glisten and assistance control a heat inside a vehicle, regulating a stain that is too dim is both a reserve jeopardy and a confidence issue. That is because a law stipulates that a limit acceptable stain is 30 per cent.

    It is, however, a law that is widely ignored. A 2013 consult by The National found that some-more than 10 per cent of 1,134 vehicles counted along a bustling highway had bootleg window tinting. The problem has not left away, with road-safety consultant Andy Dean saying this week that a law opposite darker tints contingency be some-more particularly enforced “because there are copiousness of cars out there with windows so heavily coloured that they’re like a large black box”.

    The reasons people stain their windows to a indicate where it is really formidable to see into a automobile – and, significantly, to see out – operation from remoteness and informative issues to vanity. As one immature motorist put it, it “looks cool”. While it is accepted that some people wish to ensure their privacy, open reserve should take precedence. Drivers who can't scrupulously see out of a windscreen, or by a rear-view mirrors, are a risk to themselves, their passengers and each other highway user. Heavy tints hinder a work of a military and rescue workers, creation it formidable for them to brand suspects in rapist cases or victims in accidents. A entirely blacked-out automobile can also be intimidating to other drivers.

    In a nation that has a high series of highway deaths, expelling a widespread use of bootleg window tints ought to be a priority. No forgive is valid. If glisten is a problem, wear sunglasses. If remoteness is a concern, dress some-more modestly. If a automobile is prohibited after being parked in a sun, afterwards holder adult a air-conditioning. The law, that provides for a Dh500 excellent and 30-day lien of a vehicle, should be enforced but fear or favour. Businesses that offer bootleg tinting services should be penalised, too. It is simply not good adequate to advise a patron that a certain stain is illegal, afterwards implement it any way.

    Energy Efficiency Saves Consumers More than Shopping Around for a Better …

    shopping cartShopping around for the best electricity price guarantees you the greatest savings, right?  Not anymore in Illinois, says the Citizens Utility Board.

    The non-profit watchdog group says that energy efficiency now offers greater savings potential than ditching the local utility in favor of lower-priced electricity offered by a competitive supplier.

    This wasn’t always the case. In the early days of market deregulation, Illinois consumers could achieve significant savings just by shopping for their electricity provider, according to analysis released this week by the board, “Tipping Point: A Shifting Electricity Market and Illinois’ Best Bet for Savings.”

    “While there are still opportunities to save through electricity competition, shopping for an alternative supplier has become more of a gamble in Illinois,” said David Kolata, CUB executive director.

    Customers of Commonwealth Edison, which serves about 70 percent of Illinois population, have been able to leave the utility and buy power from a competitive retail company since 2010.  Customers achieved significant savings early on because Commonwealth Edison’s electric rates were relatively high. The utility was locked into wholesale contracts that elevated its power price above market prices, the report said.

    “However, Illinoisans now face an entirely new power market—and the savings that marked the early history of Illinois competition have now shrunk significantly or disappeared.

    Meanwhile, energy efficiency remains a blue chip investment in this volatile price environment,” said the report. “Simple no-cost changes in the way we use our household appliances, combined with the addition of low-cost technologies to curb power consumption, are proven money-saving strategies that have emerged as the reliable hedge against rising electricity costs.”

    Savings offered by alternative suppliers have either shrunk or disappeared since ComEd’s higher priced power contracts expired in June 2013, according to CUB.

    Market prices are likely to only get higher this June, the report said, because of an increase in capacity costs — fees to ensure that power plants produce enough electricity when demand is highest.

    The average price offered to individual consumers by retail suppliers in ComEd’s territory rose 23 percent, from about 6.7 cents/kWh in May 2013 to about 8.2 cents/kWh on Feb. 25, 2015. Meanwhile, ComEd’s ‘price to compare’ is about 7.6 cents/kWh through May, according to CUB,

    On the other hand, the Cub Energy Saver program, which gives homes customized money-saving plans, has cut electricity waste by an average of nearly four percent, according to CUB. If all 3.48 million ComEd residential customers participated in the program, total annual savings could reach about $153 million, CUB said.

    Of course, competitive retail suppliers see the market value of energy efficiency too. Nationwide, several of these companies have added sophisticated energy savings programs and technologies to complement their electricity supply products.

    The full CUB report is here.

    Vinyl lettering – a versatile and viable…

    At Image 1 Window Tinting they are here to advise and assistance we with any promotional debate we have in mind to dress-up one automobile or a swift of vehicles within your association information, a logo, maybe even a graphic.

    If a full-blown tradition vinyl hang is not in a mercantile bill during a benefaction time, there are alternatives to fit many budgets and campaigns. Image 1 wants we to know they commend that some-more and some-more businesses these days are mobile and demeanour to new, innovative means of removing their summary and their code out there.

    Boat name and registration numbers in any colour and rise we enterprise – even online registration numbers, DOT numbers and lettering graphics. Trailer lettering stickers and decals, jet-ski decals graphics, ensign lettering decals for promotional decals, motorcycle graphics stickers – if it can be illusory – it can be constructed – on site, too! Logo decals for signs, banners and a many cold window advertising. Custom vinyl decals and stickers for storefronts, smoothness vehicles and swift vehicles. Custom vinyl lettering including graphics for boats of all sizes and car registration numbers. Vinyl lettering for association vehicles. Decals and stickers for trade uncover displays.

    In fact, during Image 1, they can – and will – furnish singular tradition decals and stickers of trademarks of all brands for use in advertising, promotional use on vinyl banners, windows and walls.  

    If it can be digitized and produced, only about anything goes – so prolonged as it’s legal! Enlarge digital prints to any size, for custom-printed promotion on banners and posters. Turn photos, graphics into decals. Vinyl lettering, promotional decals, stickers can be practical to, windows, cars, trucks, boats and trailers – even walls and windows. As prolonged as there is a flat, purify surface, any summary maybe reproduced and presented – and best of all, it’s not permanent so when a debate ends – or changes, it’s time for another one!

    So, if your business needs a discerning flog to beget new interest, bond with Image 1. Located during 55 Shoemaker Street in Kitchener. Call 519-496-TINT (8468) for an appointment.

    National Window Film Day Shares Valuable Facts With Homeowners and Brings …

    WASHINGTON–(Business Wire)–The International Window Film Association (IWFA),
    a nonprofit trade organisation representing a many advantages of window film
    from heading manufacturers, distributors and dealers, announces National
    Window Film Day,
    April 30th, as a day of open education
    focusing on a cost-effective resolution to shortening appetite costs in homes,
    safeguarding skin and home taste from a sun’s deleterious UV rays and to
    foster window safety.

    “Independent research
    shows window film can be a many cost effective means of saving on
    appetite costs opposite all meridian zones in many states,” pronounced John Parker,
    boss of a IWFA. “We are assured in a support of a National
    Window Film Day
    to surprise all adults of a advantages of this
    affordable technology, and we inspire a members to attend as
    good as everybody in a industry,” combined Parker.

    The IWFA represents some of a heading makers of window film. They are
    3M, Eastman Chemical, Hanita Coatings, Johnson Laminating and Coating,
    KDX Window Films, Madico, and Solar Gard. The IWFA’s membership includes
    scarcely 500 distributor and play / installers of window film.

    The IWFA recently rolled out a new website to offer consumers and
    attention professionals comparison as a one-stop information resource. The
    ‘responsive’ website, that can be noticed on scarcely any digital device
    offers, ominous videos
    and giveaway booklets
    on a appetite assets and health and reserve advantages of window film.

    “Once installed, window film can offer year-round assets of about 5 to
    10 percent of a home’s sum appetite bill,” pronounced Darrell Smith,
    executive executive of a IWFA. “In a entrance weeks, a IWFA will
    control new investigate to improved know consumer recognition about the
    impact that indoor object bearing can have on people, and we demeanour forward
    to pity a results.” he added.

    About a International Window Film Association

    The International Window Film Association (IWFA)
    is a nonprofit classification of window film dealers, distributors, and
    manufacturers that facilitates a expansion of a attention by providing
    research, conversion process and compelling consumer recognition of the
    many advantages of window
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    Politics: Power Plays Behind Clean Energy This Session

    Environmentalists think two bills this session are pushing Indiana into the Dark Ages.

    March 3, 2015

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    Illustration by Richard Mia
    Illustration by Richard Mia

    Overshadowed by same-sex-marriage court battles and the Governor Pence–Glenda Ritz fight card, one critical policy change went comparatively unnoticed last year: Indiana became the first state to enact an energy-savings plan and then slash it. And the debate over how our energy is regulated is just getting started.

    Mitch Daniels’s Energizing Indiana plan took effect in 2012 as a third-party administrator of the state’s energy regulation. Funded by an extra $2 on each Hoosier household’s utility bill, the program employed about 350 people here and set a goal for Indiana to cut 2 percent of its energy use, incrementally, by 2019. At first, making progress was easy: EI consultants visited homeowners and businesses and educated them on energy-efficiency habits, like wrapping pipes and switching to CFL lightbulbs. But lawmakers worried about how citizens and companies could keep cutting after they had exhausted the cheap fixes. Senator Jim Merritt of Indianapolis estimated that the program would end up costing double what it did in the beginning, so he authored SEA 340 last session to let big manufacturers opt out of it. By the time the House revised the bill, it pulled the plug on EI entirely. Governor Pence declined to sign or veto it and vowed to revisit the issue this year.

    Indiana became the first state to enact an energy-savings plan and then slash it.

    Environmentalists believed lawmakers who opposed EI were bending to pressure from utility companies, and they didn’t feel any better when Merritt’s new bill, SB 412, passed the Senate’s Utilities Committee in January. The measure allowed large utility companies to self-regulate by enacting their own energy-efficiency plans. Lower output means less revenue, and SB 412 let the utilities recoup resulting losses—from ratepayers, opponents say—plus charge them for the plans’ other costs and ask the government for incentives. Kerwin Olson, executive director of Indiana’s Citizens Action Coalition, one of the more vocal groups supporting clean energy, says so many allowances are unprecedented nationally. “It’s a total ripoff,” he says.

    An amended version of SB 412 is expected to make its way to the House this month. Meanwhile, environmentalists are keeping their eyes on another new bill, HB 1320, which would roll back incentives for solar energy. Together, the proposed legislation and Indiana’s plummeting energy rating (it’s dropping faster than any other state’s) are casting a shadow on last year’s closing of IPL’s Harding Street coal plant, which counted as a major win for clean-energy advocates. The balance of power might tip again soon.

    Jonathan King to succeed Tony Ford as chairman of Love Energy Savings

    Love Energy Savings, the fast-growing Bolton based Business Energy specialist, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan King as Chairman. Jonathan succeeds Tony Ford who will remain an active member of the board.

    Bolton, United Kingdom (PRWEB UK) 2 March 2015

    Jonathan King joins Love Energy after stepping down last year from the board of FTSE 250 HomeServe PLC. At HomeServe he was responsible for the rapid, profitable growth of the US subsidiary and spent the last three years as CEO for HomeServe’s UK business. His earlier career was in retail with Boots The Chemist.

    Outgoing Chairman Tony Ford said, “We are delighted that Jonathan has agreed to join us. His experience in managing growing businesses with a great customer service ethos is exactly what we need to take Love Energy Savings to the next level.”

    Commenting on his appointment, Jonathan King said, “I’m thrilled to have been appointed to the role of Chairman of this great company. MD Phil Foster, supported by Tony Ford, the other directors and the terrific staff have already built a company to be proud of. There is enormous potential for growth in helping SME’s to get great deals on their energy and I believe that Love Energy Savings is the best in the business.”

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    FEMP Presents Latest On-Demand Training Course on Advanced Energy …

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) launched its latest on-demand, eTraining core course, Energy Savings Performance Contracts: Advanced Guide, for no-cost, on-demand access.

    In this course, FEMP Technical Lead Kurmit Rockwell offers in-depth instruction on energy savings performance contracting (ESPC), including primary concepts, timelines, authorizing legislation, and stakeholder roles and responsibilities, and discusses key documents and processes related to the five phases of the ESPC development process. Participants will also learn about:

    • The role of the risk, responsibility, and performance matrix in summarizing and assigning risks or responsibilities to the energy service company (ESCO), agency, or both

    • The importance of measurements and verification (MV) to a successful project, including MV concepts, how guarantees are met, and the definition of savings

    • Strategies for reviewing the ESCO’s final proposal, including the technical proposal, Task order financial schedules, project financing, and pricing.

    This 15-module course is free to take and is available on-demand through the FEMP Training Search and Whole Building Design Guide.

    FEMP eTraining core courses are no cost training opportunities to help federal energy, environmental, and fleet professionals plan and execute projects to help meet federal goals and requirements. Participants are eligible for continuing education units upon successful completion of FEMP eTraining courses.

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    Budget Office Furniture

    We’ve been in a business of providing bureau seat solutions given 1982. We offer a excellent in new and used bureau seat in a Tri-Cities area. Our 18,000 block feet salon and warehouse are conveniently located during 20 Commonwealth Avenue in Bristol, Virginia.
    Our goal has always been to yield tip peculiarity bureau furniture, either it is new or used.  We offer seat that can withstand a rigors of a bustling bureau during a cost that is a good value.
    Our preference of bureau seat is a best reason to revisit the showroom. Customers find a far-reaching operation of bureau products attractively displayed, tagged and priced. We paint countless manufacturers and always have a vast register of used furniture.
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    AP CM wants DELP to complete by 2016

    AP CM wants DELP to complete by 2016

    Hyderabad, March 1 (INN): Impressed with the pro-active measures of the government towards enhanced Energy Efficiency activities which paves the way for considerable energy savings in the state of Andhra Pradesh, the Central Government has recognised AP as the best state and the best destination in the country for investments and implementation of Energy Efficiency activities.

    As a part of its support towards its noble cause, EESL, MoP, Govt. of India has decided to organize a national level LED Manufacturing Industries CEO’s round table conference on 10th March.

    The conference will be inaugurated by the Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) P Narayana and will be attended Principal Secretary (MAUD) A. Giridhar, Secretary (Energy) Ajay Jain, CMDs of DISCOMs, senior representatives of Municipal Corporations in AP, State Energy Conservation Mission (SECM), New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of AP (NREDCAP) and other senior officers from the state government. In addition, Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), CEOs from leading lighting industries or their senior representatives will be present along with the top members of two lighting associations namely Electric Lamp and Component Manufacturers’ Association (ELCOMA) and LED Products Manufacturer’s Association (LEDMA).

    Reviewing the arrangements for the major event of CEO’s Conference with MD, EESL Saurabh Kumar through teleconference Ajay Jain, Secretary, Energy, II said that the proposed CEO’s conference will be immensely useful for the state for ensuring considerable energy savings which ultimately benefit for the state and stake holders.

    Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who has emphasised the need for providing highly qualitative and reliable power supply for the consumers, fixed targets for the completion of DELP programme in the entire state by 2015-16. Accordingly SECM, Energy Department in coordination with other key departments have prepared action plan for implementation of EE EC activities. On this occasion the MD/ EESL specifically thanked the Chief Minister for his unstinted support to EESL, Ministry of Power, GoI for achieving desired goals in EE EC in A.P, which has become a role model for other states to ensure energy savings which benefits the nation.

    The EESL with the coordination of SECM, MA UD, and Energy Dept., which has completed the distribution of around 35 Lakhs LED Bulbs in domestic sector and around 80,000 LED street lights in Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation in a record period in the first phase, now is contemplating to invest around Rs.1,000/- crores for implementation of EE EC programmes in AP. The roundtable conference is expected to deliberate the key issues and challenges associated with implementation of LED street lighting system and DELP Scheme in domestic sector which are initiated by the Govt. of AP as a part of providing 24 X 7 power supply to all the domestic, commercial and Industrial consumers in a time bound manner.

    The round table is being organised to deliberate on the issues and challenges that are associated with scalling up of LED based lighting programme and to identify and agree on a road map for time bound implementation.

    Initially Govt. of AP have accorded approval for permitting EESL to take up pilot project in three municipalities viz., 1) Vizianagaram 2) Gudur in Nellore Dist. 3) Hindupur in Anantapur Dist. initially with 50% coverage on Energy efficient municipal street lighting by EESL for implementation of the project. Apart from the above three municipalities, Visakhapatnam municipal corporation has also been included in the pilot project for replacement of street lights which were damaged due to Hudhud cyclone.

    Ajay Jain reiterated that the distribution of over 35 lakhs of LED bulbs was completed by EESL so far which results in annual energy savings of around 300 MU (30 Crores units).

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    Budget Office Furniture

    We’ve been in a business of providing bureau seat solutions given 1982. We offer a excellent in new and used bureau seat in a Tri-Cities area. Our 18,000 block feet salon and warehouse are conveniently located during 20 Commonwealth Avenue in Bristol, Virginia.
    Our goal has always been to yield tip peculiarity bureau furniture, either it is new or used.  We offer seat that can withstand a rigors of a bustling bureau during a cost that is a good value.
    Our preference of bureau seat is a best reason to revisit the showroom. Customers find a far-reaching operation of bureau products attractively displayed, tagged and priced. We paint countless manufacturers and always have a vast register of used furniture.
    We are a one stop location for your desks, tables, seating, files and a lot more. Great selection, good value, full smoothness and set-up supplement adult to a certain selling experience!

    Spring into warm weather with energy savings

    At Wasaga Distribution Inc. we are committed to providing you with assistance for energy savings all year round. Planning ahead can make a helpful difference to reduced energy usage.

    As the spring thaw begins, check for winter damage to caulking, siding and your roof for prompt repairs, if needed.

    Arrange an air conditioning system inspection and service by a qualified technician. As central air conditioning circulates air through your furnace, continue cleaning or replacing your furnace filter on a regular basis. A clogged filter is not as effective as a clean one.

    Spring is a perfect time to replace older, less efficient cooling systems. Take advantage of the saveONenergy Heating Cooling Incentive. This program can save you up $650 when you invest in energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.

    The peaksaver plus® conservation program has a positive impact for you and the community. Wasaga Distribution Inc. installs an exterior switch on your central air conditioner. When energy demand skyrockets on hot days, this allows your a/c unit, through the utility, to signal your thermostat to make a maximum 2 degree temperature adjustment. This reduces demand on the energy grid, while saving you money. You may qualify for a free programmable thermostat and Air Miles® reward miles!

    As in winter, check that your attic insulation is at recommended levels, and consider installing a programmable thermostat.  

    Other spring and summer energy conservation tips include:

    Planting trees and shrubs or installing awnings on southern and western building exposures.

    Using ceiling fans instead of air conditioning whenever possible.

    Using a clothes line instead of an automatic dryer for laundry.

    Keeping blinds and curtains closed during the day.

    Using solar lights for outdoor landscaping.

    Using a microwave or toaster oven instead of an oven.

    Staying cool can be environmentally and budget friendly.  At Wasaga Distribution Inc. we are happy to provide energy saving advice and programs for any time of year. Contact us by phone at 705-429-2517, fax at 705-429-2590, or email at [email protected] For more information visit our website at

    Does Window Film Need Another Rating System?

    Is there room for another window film rating system? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) thinks so.

    With a $1.6 million cost-shared extend from a DOE, a Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) has launched a new Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC).

    The U.S. Department of Energy and Window Covering Manufacturers Association are appropriation a new window film rating system.

    The U.S. Department of Energy and Window Covering Manufacturers Association are appropriation a new window film rating system.

    According to a press release, AERC “will pattern and discharge a new appetite rating and acceptance module for a fenestration connection products,” including practical films.

    “This plan allows members of a window attachments attention to be on a slicing corner of appetite efficiency,” says Ralph Vasami, executive executive of WCMA, “as good as combine with a different set of stakeholders, and, many importantly, benefaction consumers with arguable product information.”

    According to a release, underneath this Council, pivotal marketplace and technical information will be collected to rise convincing rating, certification, labeling and opening corroboration procedures that will be adopted by a attachments industry. “At benefaction there is no accurate routine to consider a opening of particular products or for consumers to heed between a relations appetite saving opening of competing window connection products,” a recover reads. “The AERC’s work will fill this opening and pave a approach for potentially billions of dollars in appetite cost assets for U.S. households and businesses.”

    Officials during a National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), that already has a rating complement for window film, contend they are uncertain of what a AERC’s finish idea is per film.

    “We don’t know what they’re doing nonetheless [except] combining a house members,” says Ray McGowan, comparison module manager during NFRC, who hopes to send member to AERC’s meetings. He says there’s no need for another rating complement for window film. “It’d be a rubbish of their time. We find it a small obscure given we already have a rating. We positively don’t wish dual ratings out there.”

    Window Film repository reached out to a DOE per NFRC’s already-existing ratings and they expelled this statement: “The Department has grown a plan to support a fast deployment and designation of energy-efficient fenestration attachments formed on a possess research and stakeholder feedback. As a partial of this strategy, and to make it easier for consumers to know how these products preserve appetite and to assistance them review several products and models … It is misleading how a NFRC and AERC ratings for window films will review to one another. The AERC ratings have not nonetheless been finalized.”

    When asked if a second rating was even indispensable given there’s already a rating in place, a DOE declined to comment.

    As for either they will embody window film manufacturers in a routine of building a rating system, AERC orator Zachary Koser says they “are speedy to turn members of a AERC.”

    Membership forms are accessible here.


    GBPD enormous down on overly coloured windows

    Overly dim automobile windows are a hazard to a reserve of a open and to a military officers patrolling a streets, Great Bend Police Sgt. Jay Bachar told a Great Bend City Council Monday night. So, a City of Great Bend Police Department is endeavour a clever bid to guard window tinting.
    “Safety is a biggest thing,” Bachar said. He and GBPD Lt. Bill Browne attended a assembly to denote a new scale used by a dialect to exam windows and uncover off a city-produced educational video on a topic.
    In a past, Bachar said, a dialect had dual meters. These were unwieldy and compulsory both of an officer’s hands to operate, withdrawal him unprotected to intensity harm.
    The new units are smaller, usually trip over a window, take usually one palm and are a lot reduction expensive. Each unit automobile will be versed with one.
    Window tinting that is darker than authorised by state law creates countless hazards for a open as well, Browne said. Clear prominence is intensely critical while pushing both during a day light and generally night time hours.
    “Every motorist needs to be means to clearly see cranky traffic, pedestrians, bicyclists or anything that competence unexpected dart into a street,” he said.
    Before a Great Bend Police Department starts coercion of window stain violations, officers will offer to concede a open who competence be in defilement to move their vehicles in during unchanging business hours by Feb. 23 for a giveaway tinting screening. The sum light delivery shall not be reduction than 35 percent when a object screening device is used.
    During this screening officers will exam and teach those concerned, no tickets will be given if a screening fails. Such violations will come with a $500 excellent and presumably one month in jail.
    In sequence to teach a open on this issue, military officers combined a reserve video to illustrate a officer reserve in regards to saying inside a automobile and a dangers of dim tints and what competence be inside when walking adult on a automobile in a slight trade stop. The video also highlights a new tinting monitors that have been purchased by a City to assistance officers simply and effectively exam window tinting.
    The video can be noticed during
    For some-more information, call Browne during 620-793-4120 or find out a latest information on Facebook during “Great Bend Police Department.”

    We could keep a huge amount of carbon out of the atmosphere just by changing …

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    It may be one of the few parts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Clean Power Plan” — a regulation to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants — that’s not controversial.

    In its proposed rule published back in June, the EPA suggested that one key tool that states and utility companies can use to meet their required emissions reduction goals is what the agency calls “demand-side energy efficiency.” For instance, significant energy savings – and emission cuts – could be reaped by programs that incentivize people to buy more energy-efficient home appliances, that encourage buildings to use energy more efficiently, or that change individual behavior itself to reduce energy consumption.

    More specifically, the EPA lists energy efficiency as one of four “building blocks” that can help states reach their emissions reductions goals, calling it “a proven, low-cost way to reduce emissions, which will save consumers and businesses money and mean less carbon pollution.” The agency suggests that a 1.5 percent reduction in a state’s emissions might be achieved through this route.

    But according to a group of behavioral researchers writing in the latest issue of Nature Climate Change and led by the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Amanda Carrico, EPA is setting a “very modest” target here. As they note, some estimates for how much energy could be saved by energy efficiency initiatives — including programs that try to directly change people’s behavior — run as high as 23 percent of total U.S. electricity demand. In terms of emissions, they continue, ramping up household focused conservation programs could conceivably lead to a seven percent cut overall.

    Indeed, a single behavioral energy intervention that many utilities are already pursuing — sending out home energy reports along with monthly utility bills, which compare people’s usage levels with those of their neighbors — leads to a 2 percent reduction in energy use, on average. The reports are created by Opower, a software firm that helps utility companies better connect with their customers, and they work by letting people see how much they’re using compared with others living near them (we humans are, after all, social animals) and giving encouragement to those who are using less.

    Here’s an example:

    Credit: Opower

    The EPA says that even programs that “seek to alter consumer and building occupant behavior” can be considered by states — the agency “does not want to discourage their implementation,” though it notes that measuring their effectiveness could present challenges.

    At a time when bitter political arguments are beginning over the Clean Power Plan — which is often denounced as the chief vehicle for the “war on coal” — the energy efficiency and behavioral route is notably nonpartisan. After all, nobody, either on the left or the right, is against the prudent conservation of energy, through behavioral change, more efficient appliance purchases, or anything else. And liberals and conservatives alike will surely celebrate the lower utility bills that go hand in hand with greater home energy efficiency.

    Indeed, as we’ve reported here at Energy Environment, the military is already implementing behavioral techniques to help Marines and the Navy save vital fuel – whose conservation translates directly into increased tactical capacity and effectiveness.

    Meanwhile, one of the biggest changes in the structure of our energy system in a long time — the rollout of 50 million smart meters, with more on the way — has thus far failed to achieve its full energy-savings potential due to a failure to take human and behavioral factors into account, and to be user-friendly. Simply providing people with smart meter data in real time in a form that helps them understand how much power they’re using and how much it’s costing them could inspire many behavioral changes that could add up to big energy savings — and big emissions cuts.

    It’s in this context that Carrico and her colleagues call on EPA to make sure that they carefully design the efficiency-focused, electricity demand-reduction side of the Clean Power Plan. The EPA’s approach, they write, is a “rare move” and represents a major new precedent — or, it could. Behavioral programs are “often viewed as minor adjuncts to more traditional regulatory actions, not as a core part of the response to energy and climate challenges,” they note. The evidence above suggests there are many reasons that should change.

    One key problem, though, will be whether an agency like EPA has the right DNA to oversee the utility industry’s deployment of social science-heavy behavioral and efficiency programs. It’s not exactly part of the traditional environmental regulatory wheelhouse. “Achieving these objectives,” note Carrico and her colleagues, “will challenge the thinking of regulators who have more experience with mandating the best available technologies than with programs that target decision-making and voluntary behavior.” Measuring how much energy behavioral programs are actually saving – and how many emissions they’ll therefore be averting – is also a challenge.

    No one is saying that merely changing people’s behavior, or the objects they use in their homes, will let us stop worrying about coal plants and the emissions they pour into the atmosphere. Nor are they saying that energy efficiency and behavioral change should be the number one strategy for addressing climate change.

    Nonetheless, efficiency and behavior could be a much bigger climate wedge than it currently is. And increasing it benefits everybody, and above all the consumer — who ends up paying less on each electricity bill.

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    To use light meters, or not? That is a question…

    An emanate has been brought to light recently per a Bristol Tennessee Police Department’s use of light meters to make a state Window Tint code, T.C.A. 55-9-107. This formula was enacted in 1990 and has always been a “field comparison test” with a state-issued card. Window film “material” with a 35 percent limit is authorised on engine vehicles.

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    Washington CH Hospital to be Upgraded

    Washington C.H. Hospital to be Upgraded

    Since 1950, the same energy facilities at Fayette County Memorial Hospital in Washington Court House have served the institution.

    But with state help, that will change.  Financing approved at the February meeting of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority will allow the hospital to upgrade a variety of energy systems. 

    The non-profit, county-owned hospital was awarded $2.6 million in financing to assist in implementing its “Energy Conservation and Management Program.”

    Energy conservation measures will include:

    • mechanical system upgrades, including a new chilled water plant, boiler upgrades, domestic hot water tank replacement,  and rooftop unit replacements
    • automation and controls upgrades and retro-commissioning
    • steam trap repair/replacements
    • interior and exterior lighting
    • and interior LED lighting and roof replacement.

    When implemented, the project will generate annual energy savings of $177,920, operational savings of $26,372 and cost-avoidance savings of $61,864, for a total annual savings of $266,156. 

    The project will reduce energy consumption by 21.8 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent.  The estimated air quality benefits of the project are 1,102 metric tons of carbon dioxide avoided, six tons of sulfur dioxide avoided, 1.8 tons of nitrogen oxide avoided and .05 pounds of mercury avoided.  The reduced greenhouse gas emissions are the equivalent of the electricity usage of 125 homes or removing 192 passenger cars from the roads.

    Under the financing package, OAQDA authorized Air Quality Development Bonds for issuance as Series A federally tax-exempt bonds and as Series B Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECB) federal tax credit bonds.  OAQDA is the administering authority in Ohio for QECB bond financing. The hospital selected Brewer-Garrett to implement the project. 

    “OAQDA’s QECB program has traditionally served county and municipal governments, as well as public universities.  We are pleased the program now includes a public hospital.”. said Chadwick Smith, OAQDA executive director.

    State Representative Gary Scherer (R-92) said, “I commend Fayette County Memorial Hospital for its forward-thinking decision to improve its energy system infrastructure.  The upgrades this project will implement will strengthen hospital operations while also generating significant savings on utility costs.”

    State Senator Bob Peterson (R-17) added, “I am pleased that Fayette County Memorial Hospital took advantage of the QECB program to replace outdated equipment with advanced systems, which will conserve energy, improve both the energy infrastructure and local air quality and reduce costs.”

    LED Street Lights: Energy Savings Likely to Outweigh Initial Costs for These …

    By Cooper Martin.

    Nearly every boulevard, avenue, road or side street in America is lined with opportunities to reduce energy consumption and save important municipal dollars. Street lights in the United States are estimated to use as much energy as six million households, and the energy bills cost local governments more than $10 billion per year.

    Due to recent advances of LED and other solid state lighting options, modern streetlights have the potential to cut those figures by 50% or more.

    This is why the Obama Administration has challenged mayors around the country to retrofit their lights and install modern, high efficiency lighting. The Presidential Challenge for Advanced Outdoor Lighting sets a goal of upgrading at least 1.5 million poles by May 2016, tripling the previous goal to upgrade 500,000.

    The challenge is backed by extensive resources in the Better Buildings Outdoor Lighting Accelerator, which contains financial calculators, case studies, and more. The Solid State Street Lighting Consortium, a DOE-managed peer group of cities pursuing lighting upgrades, also has technical specifications and market reports to help cities through the procurement process.

    Thanks to early adopters like Raleigh, Los Angeles and Seattle, many of the concerns surrounding technical issues and public acceptance have been debunked in the last few years, illuminating the path for others to follow. Costs for both energy use and maintenance have proven lower under the new systems. In surveys conducted for the city of Seattle, more than 85% of respondents approved of the new lights.

    For many city leaders, though, the decision isn’t quite that clear. As with any major retrofit, the upfront capital cost can be daunting. Los Angeles, for example, has replaced more than 140,000 lights in four years, yielding an annual savings of more than 60%. Even with a payback period estimated at just seven years, the initial cost has been reported to be $57 million. Given the constraints on local budgets, it can be difficult to justify a costly upgrade for a system that is already functioning.

    Additionally, some city officials may be waiting to see if those installation costs continue to drop before they convert. Between 2011 and 2013, the cost of new LED streetlights fell an estimated 50%. Even then, the price was four times that of high-pressure sodium lights. In the short term, waiting may result in further savings and an even more efficient LED product.

    Nonetheless, the takeaway is overwhelmingly positive. A tipping point seems to have been reached as the rate of adoption accelerates. If the President’s challenge is met, and the 1.5 million poles achieve the same efficiency and CO2 reductions as Los Angeles, it will create a reduction of more than 369,000 tons of emissions each year.

    Originally posted at Cities Speak.



    US Government Turns Up a Heat on Window Film Usage, Testing

    The sovereign government’s certainty in window film continues.

    Besides appropriation a new rating system, a Department of Energy (DOE) recently expelled a news “Windows and Building Envelope Research and Development: Roadmap for Emerging Technologies,” that includes window film as one of those technologies.

    Specifically, a report lists window film as a “high priority” investigate and growth area, saying window films’ projected designation cost rebate than or equal to $2 per block foot, is most some-more fit than replacing an insulating potion unit. The opening aim is to “demonstrate a rebate in a solar feverishness benefit fellow by larger than 0.4 with a visible transmittance frosty state larger than 0.6 for a residential zone and larger than 0.4 for a blurb sector.”

    According to a DOE, window film has a 5 year payback duration when used residentially and a 22 year payback duration for blurb use.

    According to a DOE, window film has a 5 year payback duration when used residentially and a 22 year payback duration for blurb use.

    This is all partial of a DOE’s Building Technologies Office’s (BTO) idea “to urge a potency of existent and new buildings in both a residential and blurb zone by a growth of high-impact appetite potency technologies and practices.” The beginning began after President Obama’s 2013 initial address, in that he released a new inhabitant idea of shortening appetite waste in buildings by 50 percent in a subsequent 20 years.

    Window film will play a vital purpose in achieving that goal, as “low-E window films have large technical intensity assets with reasonable payback periods,” according to a report.
    But a DOE isn’t a usually bureaucratic entity investing in window film. The General Services Administration (GSA), that oversees workplaces of sovereign employees, is also utilizing window film in a practices.

    As partial of a Green Proving Ground Program, a GSA has consecrated Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to perform real-world dimensions and corroboration of low-E films in a commander designation in a federally-owned building.

    Findings will be accessible in 2016 and a full news on what’s designed can be found here.

    Darrell Smith, executive executive of a International Window Film Association (IWFA), says a supervision regulating some-more window film is a healthy prolongation of a association’s work with a agencies.

     “The IWFA works ceaselessly with both DOE and GSA on programs to implement window film, for appetite potency as good as for extended insurance from drifting potion fragments whenever potion breaks due to healthy or manmade events,” he says. “IWFA and manufacturer member are invited and attend actively in information entertainment and brainstorming activities sponsored by opposite groups within DOE.”

    Public Release: 27-Feb-2015 Saving energy: Increasing oil flow in the keystone …

    Researchers have shown that a strong electric field applied to a section of the Keystone pipeline can smooth oil flow and yield significant pump energy savings.

    Traditionally, pipeline oil is heated over several miles in order to reduce the oil’s thickness (which is also known as viscosity), but this requires a large amount of energy and counter-productively increases turbulence within the flow. In 2006 Rongjia Tao of Temple University in Pennsylvania proposed a more efficient way of improving flow rates by applying an electric field to the oil. The idea is to electrically align particles within the crude oil, which reduces viscosity and turbulence.

    To test this, Tao collaborated with energy company Save The World Air, Inc. to develop an Applied Oil Technology (AOT) device that links to oil pipelines and produces an electric field along the direction of the oil flow. Recent trials on oil pipelines in Wyoming and China verified that crude oil particles form short chains in an electric field. These chains reduce viscosity in the direction of flow to a minimum. At the same time the viscosity perpendicular to the flow increases, which helps suppress turbulence in the overall flow.

    This past summer Tao and his colleagues also successfully tested the AOT device on a section of the Keystone pipeline near Wichita, Kansas.

    “People were amazed at the energy savings when we first tested this device. They didn’t initially understand the physics,” said Tao. “A second test with an independent company was arranged and found the same thing.” Tests on a section of the Keystone pipeline found that the same flow rate could be achieved with a 75 percent reduction of pump power from 2.8 megawatts to 0.7 megawatts, thanks to the AOT device. The device itself uses 720 watts.

    Once aligned, the oil retained its low viscosity and turbulence for more than 11 hours before returning to its original viscosity. But the process is repeatable and Tao and his colleagues envision AOT stations spaced along a pipeline, significantly reducing the energy necessary to transport oil. This work was published in January 2015 in Physical Review E and Tao will present the additional Keystone pipeline test results at the American Physical Society March Meeting 2015 in San Antonio (March 2-6).

    Previously Tao has also shown that the same technique applied with a magnetic field can reduce blood viscosity by 20 to 30 percent, published in 2011 in Physical Review E. With clinical trials, Tao says this could represent a future treatment for heart disease.


    Energy tools that could change the game

    February 26, 2015

    Energy tools that could change the game

    Washington state is laying the legislative rails for a transition to a low-carbon economy, as demonstrated most recently by Gov. Jay Inslee’s call for a carbon cap-and-trade program to limit carbon dioxide emissions.

    The governor quotes studies conducted by the Western Climate Initiative that state by reducing carbon emissions through market mechanisms, Washington would benefit from a net increase of 19,300 jobs and increased economic output of $3.3 billion by 2020.

    Several Northwest startups are poised to transform the energy-efficiency market, contributing to those impressive job growth and economic impact stats. Among them are Portland-based EnergyRM and Seattle-based buildpulse, each of which has introduced a game-changing product. EnergyRM’s DeltaMeter lets utilities pay for measured energy savings. Buildpulse lets building managers quickly identify issues with control systems, regardless of the system type.

    Room for improvement

    A city of Seattle benchmarking report gave insight into how improving buildings can lead to reduced carbon emissions, and more specifically, which buildings have the most opportunity to improve. The worst energy performers are buildings built between 1960 and the 1990s.

    These buildings are typically low or mid-rise commercial and multifamily buildings. They may have limited or outdated heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting equipment and controls, which often require capital investment to upgrade. They also likely look “well loved” and don’t command market rate rents.

    To be attractive targets for energy-efficiency investment, a rapid assessment of the business case is needed, followed by savings from low-hanging-fruit projects to build confidence towards (and perhaps fund) spending on deeper retrofits.

    This where the Smart Buildings Center comes in. The Smart Buildings Center in Seattle is a nonprofit organization that supports growth and innovation in the Northwest’s energy-efficiency industry. The center was partially funded through the state of Washington as a vehicle for the market-based change.

    One of the center’s primary goals is to increase building owner and investor confidence in energy projects by catalyzing the shift from predicted to measured energy savings. The center is funding studies that allow building owners to access the latest energy-efficiency technology while sharing the risk associated with using new products and approaches. The intent is to create a hub for knowledge transfer that both advances energy savings for the region as well as creates new jobs in the energy-efficiency field.

    Identifying savings

    Buildings from the 1960s-1990s are diverse in the way they are heated and cooled, and the way the heating and cooling equipment is operated.

    Many of these buildings have controls systems ranging from basic thermostats to pneumatics to early direct digital control. This mixed bag means they become energy hogs because they likely aren’t performing the way they are meant to — such as heating and cooling spaces at the same time or with equipment starting and running outside of the normal occupied hours.

    Seattle-based buildpulse is developing Web-based analytics software that can tap into your existing HVAC controls, regardless of system type, and identify issues and potential savings. What is unique about their approach is the speed at which information is gathered and the ability to run standardized queries on the systems remotely.

    At most of the education buildings analyzed with buildpulse’s building runtime report, owners have identified that heating and fans run on average one to two extra hours beyond the occupied schedule (and sometimes all night and weekends). Reducing energy use during these unoccupied hours saves about 12 percent of their HVAC costs.

    Once you have identified how you want the building to operate and understand how it is actually performing, the energy savings come from closing the gap between the two. However, utilities normally only provide incentives for capital-intensive measures, and the owners may not be willing to invest, especially where the building lease would share the savings with the tenants.

    Thinking back to our problem-child buildings, there are usually opportunities to “close the gap” that come from tuneups rather than capital investment.

    For example, rescheduling heating and ventilation systems to operate only during the times the buildings are occupied is a great way to save energy. And because occupancy patterns change month by month and year by year, there is an opportunity to revisit this energy-saving measure periodically to confirm the building is operating as efficiently as possible.

    Meet MEETS

    At the net-zero Bullitt Center, Seattle City Light and the building owners are pioneering a potentially game-changing power purchase agreement termed MEETS, or metered energy efficiency transaction structure. City Light pays the building owner for energy saved against a baseline, similar to the credits that homeowners receive when solar panels on their roof generate more energy than the house is using.

    Making this incentive structure a reality relies on sophisticated technology that identifies how multiple factors (such as occupancy, schedule or weather) impact energy consumption, and comparing that to how the building actually performs at the utility meter.

    By understanding the environmental factors that influence energy consumption, the utility knows it is paying for real energy savings rather than incidental savings coming from fewer occupants being in the building or unseasonably mild weather.

    The DeltaMeter from EnergyRM is that technology bridge between the super-efficient office building and utility in the Bullitt Center.

    Rob Harmon, president and CEO of EnergyRM, sees the DeltaMeter as a way to “enable a true ‘pay-for-performance’ market, including long-term power purchase agreements that will allow deep energy efficiency retrofits to join wind and solar as at-scale solutions for our energy system.”

    The DeltaMeter operates in a transparent way so that the utility knows how the calculations are being done and can confirm to their board or shareholders that the savings are real.

    At scale, this type of technology would allow owners of 1960-1990s buildings to bank utility incentives for whatever combination of energy savings technology or tuneup measures they decide are appropriate for their building. This additional cash flow may ultimately allow them to fund the capital upgrades needed to significantly reduce carbon emissions in Washington’s building stock.

    Thulasi Narayan is a manager with Paladino and Co. Paladino is collaborating with the Smart Buildings Center in Seattle to evaluate new energy-efficiency products and tools.

    Transformative Wave’s CATALYST was the Subject of a Sacramento Municipal …

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    This is another in a long line of third-party studies that validate our claim that the CATALYST will reduce RTU energy use by 25-50%.“

    Kent, WA (PRWEB) February 26, 2015

    As published in an Energy Central article on February 4, 2015, ‘Add-On-Variable Speed Controls for Roof Top Units’, Transformative Wave’s CATALYST was part of a Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) field test at an electronics manufacturing site that showed electrical energy savings ranging from 32% to 58%, with an average energy savings of 39%. The test was conducted on four 20-ton rooftop packaged units (RTUs) at the facility. The test period spanned 10 months beginning in January 2014 and ending in October of 2014.

    The SMUD field study was conducted at the site in Rancho Cordova, CA utilizing Transformative Wave’s CATALYST with eIQ Platform solution. The applied product solution combines the CATALYST, a comprehensive HVAC energy efficiency upgrade that converts RTUs into dynamic part load systems, with web-based visualization and management of RTU efficiency via the eIQ Platform. Unit performance data was collected over the 10 month period using an alternating control methodology in which the RTUs cycle their operation with and then without the CATALYST control sequence. Multiple variable linear regression models of unit power as a function of NOAA weather data and occupancy information were created and applied to Typical Meteorological Year (TMY3) weather data in order to predict typical annual energy savings.

    Danny Miller, President of Transformative Wave, comments, “SMUD was actually one of the very first utilities in the nation to appreciate the potential impact the CATALYST can have on reducing commercial HVAC energy use. We have worked closely with SMUD’s emerging technology point man, Bruce Baccei, over the last few years. He has been a leading voice for RTU retrofit and did a great job on both the SMUD technical report and his article published by Energy Central. This is another in a long line of third-party studies that validate our claim that the CATALYST will reduce RTU energy use by 25-50%.“

    The SMUD report concluded that HVAC systems are typically sized for design conditions and are oversized, “just to be on the safe side.” The equipment rarely operates at peak conditions and design days rarely occur. Single speed RTU’s, as designed, operate at full force, full speed anytime heating or cooling is called for. When the CATALYST is applied to the equipment the fan is modulated and advanced economization result in lower electric energy use. The report further concludes that the CATALYST can be an effective energy saving device for HVAC applications where baseline ventilation fans are simply toggled 100% on or off, and economizer control strategies are either not implemented or are very simple. Read the full CATALYST RTU Controller Study Report.


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    Singapore, Singapore, Feb 10, 2015 –(– FILMTACK, Asia-Pacific’s heading window film distributor, showcases a heat-reduction capability of window films with complicated thermal imaging technology.

    Using a transparent PERFECT 70 window film opposite transparent annealed glass, a initial partial of a proof allows users to daydream a advantages of regulating good window films to filter feverishness from a solar spectrum, but poignant detriment of manifest light.

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    Window tinting also offers insurance opposite damaging ultraviolet (UV) deviation and boundary a impact from cracked potion during accidents.

    K.H. Poon, executive during FILMTACK and IWFA’s Advanced Solar Control Specialist, explains, “Premium window tints in a attention can be probably invisible after tinting, and yield higher feverishness rebate by gripping a interior cold but conspicuous rebate of healthy daylight. It lowers appetite expenditure for air-conditioning units during summer and indoor radiant-energy detriment during winter. The use of a thermal-imaging device to practically teach a open about a solar insulation properties of window tints is proof to be invaluable.”

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    Johnson Window Films Completes Manufacturing Plant Upgrade

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    Our plant modernization, total with new organizational changes, positions Johnson Window FIlms solidly for destiny growth.

    Carson, California (PRWEB) Feb 25, 2015

    Johnson Laminating and Coating, Inc., manufacturer of Johnson Window Films, currently announced a successful execution of a dual month prolonged plant ascent and modernization of their prolongation facility. The overhaul, dictated to raise prolongation efficiencies, film clarity and altogether product peculiarity includes improvements to plant apparatus and atmosphere filtration systems, as good as a construction of a new RD facility.

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    City Officials To Host Free Home Energy Savings Workshop

    City of Santa Clarita officials are hosting a free Home Energy Workshop Wednesday, Feb. 25 to help residents save both energy and money, as well as increase the value of their home.

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    Co-sponsored by the Energy Network, the workshop is set to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Activities Center.City Officials To Host Free Home Energy Savings Workshop

    “Whether hosting the annual River Rally, committing to recycle 90 percent of all construction debris or replacing old light bulbs throughout the city with more energy efficient ones, the city of Santa Clarita goes above and beyond to use clean energy wherever possible,” said Laurene Weste. “The city is proud to offer this free community workshop to show residents how they can help support the environment and save money by going green at home.”

    In addition to learning about the benefits of upgrading their homes to be more energy efficient, Santa Clarita residents will also be informed about basic building science, such as steps to take before adding solar to a home and the numbers and facts behind the way homes use and lose energy, according to a city news release.

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    Attendees can also get information about available rebates and financing to help make upgrading easier.

    City Officials To Host Free Home Energy Savings WorkshopWorkshop panelists include contractors from Energy Upgrade California’s home upgrade rebate program, who will provide information and tips to help residents get started on money-saving home upgrades, the news release stated.

    Participants can also enjoy refreshments and will have the opportunity to win prizes.

    To RSVP, click here or call 877-785-2237.

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    City Counts Energy Savings With Infrastructure Upgrades

    Roland Butzke, Senior Account Executive with Siemens, stands next to new high efficiency variable speed water pumps in the boiler room at the Mason Square fire house in Springfield, MA.  Siemens is the contractor for a $10 million energy upgrade project in the city's municipal and school buildings.

    The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is making energy improvements in schools and municipal buildings

       The city has borrowed $10 million to pay for energy upgrades at 13 buildings.  Springfield Executive Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management Pat Sullivan, said the projects will save the city $1 million annually on its energy bills.

       ” We  are doing new boilers, energy management systems, hot water systems throughout these 13 buildings,” said Sullivan.

        Long term the city looks to save $20-$30 million annually over the next twenty years by making energy improvements to all schools, libraries, fire houses, and other municipally-owned buildings

    This Distributor’s New Tactic Just Made Window Film Easier to Sell

    Some film companies use feverishness lamps so business can feel a disproportion with film. Now, a Singapore-based film distributor has expelled a investigate display film’s feverishness rebate capacities visually.

    Filmtack, with their window film product practical to glass, used complicated thermal imaging record to constraint a manifest illustration of feverishness reduction.

    “Premium window tints in a attention can be probably invisible after tinting, and yield aloft feverishness rebate by gripping a interior cold but conspicuous rebate of healthy daylight,” says K.H. Poon, executive during Filmtack. “It lowers appetite expenditure for air-conditioning units during summer and indoor radiant-energy detriment during winter. The use of a thermal-imaging device to practically teach a open about a solar insulation properties of window tints is proof to be invaluable.”

    Pictured below, a initial partial of a proof allows users to daydream a advantages of regulating window films to filter feverishness from a solar spectrum, but poignant detriment of manifest light.


    The second partial of a proof leads a thermal imaging camera to irradiate a figurine with a aloft feverishness exposure; and a camera available a reduce physique heat for a figurine that is stable by a film.

    Design guide helps reduce machine running costs

    24 February 2015

    A new Design Guide from Techdrives aims to help industrial designers and specifiers to reduce the running costs of their machines.The 30 page document focusses on energy savings in the drive train – motors, drives and gearboxes.

    The final section of the guide looks at the savings that result from accurate dimensioning of the drive. There is a tendancy for designers to play safe and go up a size due to uncertainty in the application requirements.  Dimensioning software that aids the selection process is now available and proven to be highly accurate.  It can be particularly effective with machines that have multiple drive axes and field experience indicates that energy savings of 10 to 35% are usually possible.  The software will also generate an Energy Certificate that details the electrical energy running costs of the machine for a year.

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    3M Dealers Are Uneasy About a Manufacturer’s Latest Move

    A understanding to turn an disdainful window film provider to a fast-growing, Franchise 500 association would routinely be a good thing for a manufacturer. But a formula of a new pierce by 3M are nonetheless to be seen.


    3M will turn Window Genie’s disdainful film dealer.

    3M and Window Genie, a Cincinnati-based veteran window soaking and tinting franchise, have sealed a agreement that will make 3M a disdainful window film provider for a franchise’s some-more than 200 locations.

    The pierce has some certified 3M dealers inhabitant disturbed about how it will impact their sold markets.

    “I’m unequivocally disheartened by what happened,” says Brent Williams, owners of Energy Control Consultants, a 3M-exclusive dealer. “In essence, 3M has set adult another dealer. It’s a competing channel.”

    Mark Keesling, 3M’s U.S. business manager for window films, denies such a claim.

    “We’re not environment them adult as 3M certified dealers,” he says. “This is not about adding some-more dealers and we will not embody Window Genies on a play locator. They’re usually simply means to offer their business a specific line of film granted by 3M.”

    Keesling explains a pierce was done so that 3M could improved dig a residential market, that Window Genie mostly services. “They have a timeless patron bottom … The immeasurable infancy of their business, from what Window Genie tells us, is residential,” he says, adding on that a marketplace is so untapped, there’s room for both 3M dealers and Window Genie.

    As for blurb jobs, Window Genie franchisees will be singular in their tinting capacities.

    “They get into lighter blurb installations [but] they’re singular to doing usually tiny jobs. They can’t do anything above 500 block feet,” says Keesling, citing a agreement between a organizations.

    Window Genie has formerly offering Eastman brands of window film, including Huper Optik, Suntek and Llumar. In an bid to streamline a product offerings, a franchisor worked with 3M to offer one of a product lines, says Ken Fisk, clamp boss of authorization growth and support during Window Genie.

    “We wanted to be means to have one film association to get a film from. We chose 3M since of a brand—they’re a inhabitant code and so are we,” he says, creation it transparent they are targeting “mostly” a residential market. “We’re not meddlesome in going to fight with window film dealers [but instead] wish to work with 3M dealers on vast blurb jobs.”

    Fisk says he doesn’t see it removing controversial. “We talked to a authorization partners and told them this isn’t a behest war. Are we ever going to contest with 3M dealers? I’m certain we will, though if it becomes a bad-mouthed trashing session, it’s not going to work good for [our franchisees].”

    3M play uttered concerns—particularly with how a association done them wakeful of this initiative.

    “The unequivocally annoying thing about this was a whole understanding was put together, executed and afterwards a dealers were told, ‘This is going to happen.’ The government simply pulled a trigger,” one vital 3M dealer, who asked to sojourn anonymous, told Window Film magazine. “What we see function with 3M is they’re perplexing to undo themselves from a end-user.”

    The film Window Genie will offer will be partial of 3M’s Envision line and will be accessible in mid- to late-March. Though Window Genie won’t have “exclusive” entrance to this film line, Keesling says, “We now have no skeleton to offer this residential product line to other groups like Window Genie.”

    3M will reason a discussion call Thursday for a dealers to residence any concerns they might have. In addition, Keesling encourages anyone who would like to speak to him about it to hit him and even supposing an email to that to send questions, [email protected]

    Energy Efficiency News-in-Brief: New Contracts for Constellation and Ameresco …

    energy efficiency newsConstellation has won a $45 million contract to provide energy efficiency, water conservation and solar photovoltaics at the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Fla.

    The energy savings performance contract, signed with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, guarantees savings of about $79 million over 19 years. The bureau will use the savings to fund the efficiency upgrades and a 2-MW solar project.

    The efficiency measures are expected to reduce the facilities energy intensity by 35 percent and water intensity by 50 percent and cut electricity use by 18 million kWh and water use by 194 million gallons annually. This would avoid an estimated 323,000 tons of carbon dioxide over the term of the contract, according to Constellation.

    The conservation measures include: high-efficiency (LED) lighting, building automation controls, chiller plant optimization, cooling tower upgrades, hot water heating system upgrades, high efficiency transformers, low-flow toilets and faucets, refrigeration upgrades and the solar array. Work is scheduled for completion in 2017.

    The prison has five facilities and includes more than 2.4 million square feet of building area, housing over 7,400 inmates.


    Ameresco is undertaking a $5.4 million renewal project for the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), scheduled to be complete in 2016.

    The company expects the project to cut $500,000 (CAD) annually in utility costs and save 3.1 million kWh and 366 kW of electricity, 21,600 gigajoules of steam, and 5,100 cubic meters of city water each year. Ameresco estimates  carbon dioxide emissions reductions of  829 metric tons, equivalent to eliminating 160 passenger vehicles from the road annually.

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    The project involves a laboratory, a library, and an administration building at NRC’s Montreal Road Campus in Ottawa. Measures include:

    • Building automation system enhancements
    • Heating, ventilation, and cooling upgrades
    • Chiller plant optimization
    • Lighting retrofits and installation of energy-efficient lighting
    • Fume hood system renewal and fume hood exhaust heat recovery
    • Building envelope improvements

    This is Ameresco’s third project with the NRC. When completed, it will bring the total utility savings for NRC to $2 million annually. In September 2008, Ameresco completed work on its first NRC project, a $3.7 million initiative resulting in annual utility savings of $483,000.  The second was a $9.3 million project, which is on-track for annual utility savings of more than $887,000, at 100 Sussex Drive in Ottawa.


    The Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) and allied organizations are supporting an appeal of a controversial court decision that vacated the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order 745.

    Brought by the Electric Power Supply Association, the court decision had dealt a blow to demand response by undercutting its payment in wholesale markets. A federal appeals court found that the states, not FERC, have jurisdiction over the resource. FERC’s Order 745 put demand response on equal footing with generation in the wholesale market — therefore allowing DR to be paid locational marginal pricing.

    In mid-January, the U.S. Solicitor General filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari at the U.S. Supreme Court. At that time, EnerNOC, EnergyConnect, the PJM Industrial Customer Coalition, the Coalition of MISO Transmission Customers, and Viridity, all of whom had standing in the case, also jointly filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in support of appeal.

    In addition to AEMA, several other parties have signaled support of the appeal. Maryland, California, and Pennsylvania all jointly filed a respondent’s brief in support of the appeal, as did the California Independent System Operator. Amicus briefs in support were also filed by demand response providers, consumer advocates, utilities, environmental groups, a large state university, municipal school districts, and industrial customers and associations.

    NRG, which owns more than 50,000 MW of generation, and is an EPSA member, also filed an amicus brief in support of appeal.

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