Alfa Laval Hybrid Powder Mixer boosts productivity and energy savings – eco

The Alfa Laval Hybrid Powder Mixer is the latest addition to the company’s range of hygienic agitators and mixers for batch production in dairy, food and beverage, personal care, biotechnology and pharmaceutical applications.

Boost your productivity and energy savings

Increased productivity and energy savings are both important targets in most industries. Together with our partners throughout the world, Alfa Laval is committed to help you reach these targets and beyond.

High rate of dynamic shear mixing

Mixing and pumping both wet and dry ingredients into a homogenous blend can – depending on viscosity – require up to four separate electric motors, consuming a lot of energy.

The Alfa Laval Hybrid Powder Mixer can accomplish the same using only a single motor drive, including efficient mixing in the associated production vessel, when used in combination with the Alfa Laval Rotary Jet Mixer.

The Hybrid Powder Mixer combines pump and powder dissolving technologies in a single versatile unit. It is the only hygienic powder mixer capable of drawing powder into the unit while simultaneously pumping the resulting process liquid at pressures up to 4 bar, making the need for a separate discharge pump obsolete. It effectively pre-blends the powder and liquid before the mixture enters the high-shear stage, which contributes to faster and more effective dissolution.

While other inline powder mixers create mechanical shear in a small area, the Hybrid Powder Mixer creates high dynamic shear in several different steps, which require less energy to ensure complete dissolution of the powder. The Hybrid Powder Mixer can also be used as part of an efficient Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) system.

Benefits include reducing:

  • Installation costs: A unit with only one electric motor for powder mixing, pumping and CIP.
  • Operating costs: Low power consumption, providing up to 50 per cent energy savings.
  • Maintenance costs: Service is simplified due to fewer components.
  • Processing time: Fast and homogenous powder mixing at high dry matter concentration.

About Alfa Laval

Alfa Laval is a leading global provider of specialized products and engineering solutions based on its key technologies of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling.

The company’s equipment, systems and services are dedicated to assisting customers in optimizing the performance of their processes. The solutions help them to heat, cool, separate and transport products in industries that produce food and beverages, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, starch, sugar and ethanol.

Alfa Laval’s products are also used in power plants, aboard ships, oil and gas exploration, in the mechanical engineering industry, in the mining industry and for wastewater treatment, as well as for comfort climate and refrigeration applications.

Alfa Laval’s worldwide organization works closely with customers in nearly 100 countries to help them stay ahead in the global arena.

Alfa Laval is listed on Nasdaq OMX, and, in 2014, posted annual sales of about SEK 35.1 billion (approx. 3.85 billion Euros). The company has about 18 000 employees.

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MAF Dalkia shows energy saving offering at WETEX

Mussallam: “MAF Dalkia is fully committed to Dubai’s goal to reduce energy consumption by 30% by 2030�
Mussallam: “MAF Dalkia is fully committed to Dubai’s goal to reduce energy consumption by 30% by 2030�

MAF Dalkia launches new energy management platform
| MAF Dalkia becomes first accredited ESCO in Dubai
| MAF Dalkia wins contract with Dubai International

MAF Dalkia, a regional service provider for energy management services, showcased its latest energy savings offerings at the 2015 edition of the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX).

Additionally, the company’s business development teams ran two presentations on energy efficiency.

Commenting on the company’s participation at the event, Alexandre Mussallam, CEO at MAF Dalkia, shared: “Our presence at WETEX is an invaluable opportunity to showcase our building energy savings capabilities. We are excited to demonstrate how our services and offerings can bring innovative solutions to our clients through the use of tools such as the Energy Saving Center.”

He continued “MAF Dalkia is fully committed to Dubai’s goal to reduce energy consumption by 30% by 2030, and this is an exciting opportunity to present our unique energy solutions at this exhibition.”

During the three-day event, MAF Dalkia’s director for Business Development and marketing director, Francisco Silverio Marques, presented a case on a recent contract signed with Etihad ESCO. Marques highlighted the company’s curbing on energy consumption across DEWA-owned buildings in Dubai, as per the requirements of the Energy Savings Performance Contracts (EPC).

In regards to the EPC, Marques explained: “The DEWA contract stands as a perfect case study for the improvements that can be made to other buildings in the region. I am sure that an account of the contract will encourage other companies to follow DEWA’s lead and adopt Energy Saving solutions.”

Window Genie to Give $1000 of Window Film Away

In jubilee of National Window Film Day on Apr 30, one propitious consumer will accept $1,000 of 3M window film commissioned by a Window Genie plcae for free.

Window Genie will give one consumer a $1,000 designation of window film made by 3M, a new supplier.

Window Genie will give one consumer a $1,000 designation of window film made by 3M, a new supplier.

Many of a services save business income since unchanging upkeep and cleaning means a longer lifespan for windows, siding, gutters, driveways and more,” says Rik Nonelle, CEO. “Window film is a illusory approach to assistance a business go green, revoke appetite expenditure and save on application bills while shortening glare, feverishness and vanishing in their homes. We’re vehement for this competition and couldn’t consider of a improved approach to applaud both National Window Film Day as good as a new partnership with a attention giant, 3M.”

To enter, consumers contingency live within a Window Genie’s use plcae and criticism on a company’s blog or Facebook page describing because they need window film in their home.

The deadline is Apr 28 and a leader will be announced on YouTube on National Window Film Day.

Jack Welch to Keynote during International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off …

World-renowned government consultant Jack Welch will be a keynote orator during International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ 2015 during a Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Oct 2. The mythological former GE CEO is one of a nation’s many successful and reputable business leaders of a era and a best-selling author of countless books.

Jack Welch will keynote WFCT 2015 in Reno.

Jack Welch will keynote WFCT 2015 in Reno.

During Friday’s Keynote, Jack Welch will plead his strategies, ideas and yield discernment to concerns and equipment that start too mostly in businesses both immature and established. And he will answer endless questions from a assembly about their businesses.

Jack Welch spent some-more than 20 years as CEO, flourishing a General Electric Company’s marketplace capitalization from $13 billion to over $400 billion. In 2000, he was named “Manager of a Century” by Forbes magazine.

Jack Welch has also penned and expelled a series of bestsellers including a new book with mother Suzy called The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning a Game, Building a Team and Growing Your Character. Each attendee of International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off (WFCT) will accept a nominal copy.

The Welches will yield their useful discernment and imagination to WFCT attendees. Following Jack Welch’s Keynote, Suzy Welch will assuage a row of tip window film executives, including Jack, deliberating and explaining tactics, pitfalls and innovative ways of managing.

Attendees of WFCT will have a event to ask questions that Jack Welch will answer during his presentation. Individuals can email [email protected] to reserve their questions in advance.

Each convention attendee will accept a duplicate of The Real-Life MBA by Jack and Suzy Welch.

Each convention attendee will accept a duplicate of The Real-Life MBA by Jack and Suzy Welch.

The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning a Game, Building a Team and Growing Your Character perceived allege regard such as, “A vehement and extensive demeanour during how to attain in business-for everybody from college graduates to CEOs.” – Bill Gates.

“When we speak with Jack about management, his appetite and passion fill a room. You get a identical knowledge with this book – a same qualities burst during we from each page.” – Warren E. Buffett.

International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off is scheduled for Sep 30-October 2, 2015 during a Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nev. The 3 days will include of educational seminars, networking opportunities, an muster building and stirring competitions all focused on film. To learn some-more revisit

University Green-Lights Energy Savings

State Program’s $27M Investment Highlights Earth Week Festivities

Rowdy takes a seat next to Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton and DCAMM Commissioner Carol Gladstone during the formal announcement of the university’s $27 million in building upgrades through the Accelerated Energy Program.

By Ed Brennen

Considering the light bulb had only been around for 20 years when Coburn Hall opened its doors in 1899, it’s easy to understand why energy efficiency wasn’t a priority at the university’s flagship building.

More than a century later, of course, it’s impossible to imagine a construction project on campus that doesn’t take into account energy consumption, water conservation and overall environmental impact — from the green roof at University Crossing to the cutting-edge lighting system at the Saab Center.

To ensure that the more venerable buildings on campus keep pace when it comes to energy efficiency, the university is making $27 million in upgrades to 32 buildings over the next three years through the state’s Accelerated Energy Program (AEP).

The project, which is expected reduce the university’s energy and water bills by nearly $1.5 million annually, was formally announced by Chancellor Marty Meehan and state officials during the Earth Day Sustainability Festival on April 22 at the South Campus Quad.

“We are proud of the comprehensive sustainability program on this campus that extends from facilities and faculty research to classroom learning, student organizations and operations,” said Meehan, who noted this is the university’s largest-ever sustainability effort. “We are at the forefront of investment in energy conservation among public universities. … And the project we are launching today represents the largest step forward in our Climate Action Plan goal of achieving carbon neutrality on campus by 2050.”

‘Repair, reuse, rejuvenate’

Spearheaded by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) and the Department of Energy Resources, the AEP was launched in 2012 to facilitate $470 million worth of energy and water efficiency projects at 700 sites statewide.

The UMass Lowell project is the AEP’s largest to date, with more than 200 energy-saving measures on tap. Under the leadership of Facilities Management, a team of engineers has already begun a room-by-room audit of the campus to create an energy conservation measures list that includes: 3,500 lighting system upgrades with LED and compact fluorescent alternatives; the addition of more than 630 low-flow faucets, showerheads and toilets; the replacement of 26 boilers with natural gas heating equipment; and upgrades to lighting and heating systems campus-wide.

DCAMM Commissioner Carol Gladstone said that while the university should be proud of its new state-of-the-art buildings, its commitment to maximizing the efficiency of its existing buildings is equally important.

“If it all possible, we want to repair, reuse and rejuvenate these buildings,” Gladstone said. “Taking care of infrastructure, it’s not glamorous, it’s not sexy, and it’s hard to get a great cover photo. But if you care about efficiency, if you care about sustainability, you need to care about infrastructure investment.”

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton added that the project will not only save energy and optimize facility operations, but also improve student learning environments.

“We need your energy and knowledge to help us continue to grow Massachusetts’ economy, while improving the environment,” Beaton said.

Financing for the $27 million project includes MassSave incentives from National Grid of more than $2.5 million, as well as a $100,000 solar thermal grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

AEP improvements, meanwhile, will also address over $9 million in deferred maintenance costs to which the state was already committed. That means the university is financing only $15.5 million over 20 years, with an annual repayment of $1.09 million.

Those payments are expected to be more than offset by the annual utility cost savings that result from a 20 percent reduction in energy consumption and a 2.4-million-gallon drop in water usage. In other words, the project more than pays for itself.

It matters to students

Sophomore James Christopher, a political science major who serves as the Student Government Association representative to the Sustainability Committee, said that students care about their school’s commitment to the environment for several reasons.

“Students recognize that sustainability not only will save the environment, but it will create jobs and is fiscally responsible in the long run,” said Christopher, president-elect of the SGA. “It is my belief that one of the defining legacies of my generation is that we both expect and are willing to lobby for environmentally friendly practices from organizations with which we affiliate, and that includes the university we choose to attend.”

Also on hand for the the AEP announcement were Dan Burgess, acting commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources; state Rep. Rady Mom and Rep. David Nangle of Lowell.

The surrounding Sustainability Fair, which featured two dozen campus organizations and university partners, was one of several Earth Week events organized by the Office of Sustainability and the Sustainability Committee.

Additional events included the “Water-Focused Percussion Ensemble Concert” at Durgin Hall; the “Celebration of Re-purpose: A Community, Art and Music Event” on the South Campus Quad; the “Perspectives on Climate: A Community Discussion and Luncheon” at University Crossing; and the “Bike Expo” and “Bike Fun Ride” at University Crossing.

“It was an honor to have the state officials on hand for the announcement during the Sustainability Festival,” said Sustainability Program Developer Tyler Arrigo. “It was a chance to highlight our university-wide efforts to achieve climate neutrality and sustainability.”

Horizon awards honour energy misers

Five businesses have been honoured by Horizon Utilities for energy conservation.

The prizes were handed out in Horizon’s third annual Energy Savings Champions Awards this week.

Demand Reduction: Menninger’s Foods of the World

Menninger’s store at 284 King St. East submitted four applications in 2014 for energy consumption projects covering lighting, compressed air and process cooling. The result was one of the largest demand reductions by a single location, Horizon said in a release.

Energy Savings: Hamilton Health Sciences

Hamilton Health Sciences took the prize in this segment for a parking garage project at its Mountain location that switched 320 lighting fixtures from 150-watt metal halides to 73-watt LEDs. “This project not only realized a large percentage of overall energy savings, but a significant annual savings that in turn could be reinvested in additional capital projects down the road,” Horizon said.

Most innovative project: Gay Lea Foods

Gay Lea Foods Co-Operative Ltd. (Salerno Dairy) made technological and equipment changes to its cheese-making process that reduced electricity use.

Channel Partners: All Professional Trades and Star Energy Solutions

Two awards were also presented in lighting and non-lighting subsets.

All Professional Trades Inc., of Markham, was honoured in the lighting category for its growth since 2009 handling water conservation and energy savings projects.

The award in the non-lighting section went to Star Energy Solutions, of Burlington, an energy management consulting company offering energy savings programs tailored to customers’ knowledge and skill in the field. That includes letting clients outsource all their energy and emissions management needs.

Horizon provides electricity and utility services to 240,000 customers in Hamilton and St. Catharines. It is one of the largest municipally-owned electricity distribution companies in Ontario.

Top Tinters Meet to Form Dealer-Focused Association

“I wanted a organisation that was done adult of dealers that we could come together as one,” pronounced Chris Robinson, owners and CEO of Atlanta-based The Tint Guy.

And so he—and other window film dealers representing vital metro areas—came together in Chicago final week to form not only a “group,” though a dealer-focused organisation with a end-goal of “moving a attention forward.”

What started as Mike Feldman’s (president of Tampa, Fla.-based Advanced Window Solutions) thought for a inhabitant network for lead-sharing developed into an all-out bid to “increase a professionalism of a industry,” according to Robinson.

L-R: Michelle Minardi, John Clark, Lyle Hill, Bill Valway, Chris Robinson, Mike Feldman, Brent Williams, Keith Garwood.

L-R: Michelle Minardi, John Clark, Lyle Hill, Bill Valway, Chris Robinson, Mike Feldman, Brent Williams, Keith Garwood.

Hence, a Professional Window Film Dealers Association (PWFDA) was all though shaped (the central paperwork will be filed this week).

Who Was There?

In assemblage during a assembly were Robinson, Feldman, Bill Valway, owners of Baltimore-area-based Absolute Perfection Window Tinting, Brent Williams of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Archteva, Charlotte, N.C.-area-based Michelle Minardi of Carolina Premier Window Films and Raleigh, N.C.-based Keith Garwood, boss of AllPro Window Films. Lyle Hill, handling executive of Keytech North America, a glass-related investigate firm, was also there portion as a consultant.

For their initial in-person meeting, a organisation done poignant progress.

What’s it About?

Besides settling on a name, a tagline “moving a attention forward,” also was selected after poignant discussion, reflecting what’s meant to be a heart of a association: professionalism.

“We wish to pierce to that indicate where people trust a name,” Valway said, stressing a need for a universe “professional” to be partial of a name.

“We have to be a team—no matter what film we sell. We’re all here to make a attention better,” Minardi said.

Part of that idea could embody membership and designation standards, lead era and all-around services associated to best business practices.

Who Will Join?

Membership structure will include of dual types. Dealer members, being a primary focus, will be a voting members and associate members, meddlesome parties including though not singular to manufacturers, distributers, architects, etc.

Who Will Lead? (For Now)

It was also concluded that a initial house would be a 6 people in assemblage as good as a seventh West Coast deputy who will be motionless on during a after time. At this time, Robinson will offer as president, Valway as clamp boss and Minardi will be a secretary/treasurer.

Despite a initial seven-member board, contributions won’t be singular to only them.

“There are a lot of really gifted dealers, once they locate breeze of this, they are going to have a lot of ideas we didn’t consider of,” says Feldman. “It’s going to be something a dealers are going to have impasse in—that’s how we’re going to do it.”

More information will follow serve meetings in a entrance months. The organisation will also try to coordinate seductiveness meetings during a arriving International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off in Reno, Nev.

Why Window Film is an Industry for a Future, Part 1

I recently distinguished my 15th anniversary of being in a window film industry. While clearly not a series of years that some of a some-more seasoned veterans have, we consider that this volume of time has authorised me to have a good viewpoint on this industry. That being said, we wanted to take a subsequent dual weeks to explain because we consider a window film attention is one of a best business opportunities streamer into a future.

This attention has a lot to give for comparatively low start-up costs. To run a successful window film business positively requires not usually an up-front, though an ongoing investment, though that investment is a fragment of what it is in other allied industries. Let’s take a grill attention as an example. The cost to get a new grill off a belligerent is intensely high and a disaster rate of restaurants in a initial 5 years of operation is an implausible statistic. On tip of that, unless that grill is extravagantly successful, a owners won’t make a vast income after all losses are paid.

Another instance comes from my knowledge in a bicycle industry. The costs to set up, register and start a new bike emporium were good into a 6 total before a doors were even opened. Even after that vast initial investment, emporium owners have to watch their business closely and make a right register decisions, when to bonus aging product, etc., if they even wish to make a decent vital during a finish of a year.

This sets adult a box for window film. Here are 3 reasons why:

  1. Affordability 

    With window film, a costs compulsory to be entirely operational is a most some-more reasonable initial investment. Many in a window film business entirely launch their companies with reduction than a $10,000 initial investment.

  2. Longevity 

    With a occasional difference of a manufacturer introducing a new line of film or discontinuing a stream offering, film register will be only as sellable 3 months a day it’s bought. This longer shelf life of film products eliminates a need of discounting products to transparent out register that is apropos obsolete.

  3. Accessibility 

    Finally, shops can sequence film on an as-needed basement when a jobs are come in. There’s no genuine need to residence a extensive volume of product and tie adult a vast volume of money before a pursuit is sold. This allows business owners to keep register upsurge tied to money upsurge and not be forced to make choices about what they “think” might sell good dual months from now.

I wish you’re in agreement with me. This truly is a attention to be in! If not, let me know your thoughts in a comments below. Next week, we devise to plead how stream and destiny trends seem auspicious to several segments of a business.

Thanks for reading!


Integrated drive systems webcast: More answers on energy savings

Siemens discusses more issues around VFDs, motor efficiency and over-sizing motors

Plant Engineering and Control Engineering recently presented the Webcast, “Integrated Drive Systems: A Holistic Approach to Energy Savings,” presented by Rich Mintz, senior market development manager for the gear motor business segment, Siemens Industry, Inc. A link to the Webcast is here:

There were many audience questions that could not be answered during the Webcast, but Mintz provided additional answers to those questions here:

Q: What is meant by inverter compatible motor?
A: Typically this means that the insulation system can handle high voltage spikes seen with high switching frequencies of the transistors inside the drive. They can be over 1000V peak to peak. Motors that are not somehow marked as inverter duty may not be able to handle that, and will fail pretty quickly.

Q: If I have a heavy constant load (say a chipper or a refiner) needing say 1000 HP and use an 1800 RPM motor but need to reduce it to say 900 RPM. Is the power output now equivalent to a 500 HP motor? Would it not be more efficient to use a belt to reduce the speed and keep the power less 10% belt loss?
A: I will have to make some assumptions. The torque would remain the same at a reduce speed for therefore the motor losses and temperature rise would remain the roughly same.

Q: For one of our previous projects, client decided to use one VFD to start three compressor motors (one at a time) and after start-up, the motors were on DOL. How common is this strategy and what other alternatives are there to handle poor upstream system?
A: This is very common method of starting motors on a weak power system. The type of compressor will determine starting torque demand. Applications such as screw compressor will demand 40-50% of the FLT. While a specially designed motor can meet the demand, however the efficiency of the motor can drop a full 2-3%.

Q: What is the difference between soft start and VSD driven inverter compatible motors?
A: Soft starters do not typically create the high switching frequencies associated with drives; therefore the motors may not need to be inverter duty. You would need to confirm with the manufacturer of the soft starter and the motor. Best bet is to use one supplier for both to ensure compatibility.

Q: How do VSD systems compare with hydraulic couplings (VOITH Type) in overall efficiency?
A: It all depends on the application. The fluid coupling is mostly for over torque protection. It does also act as a soft starter somewhat. But it has losses associated all the time. A drive would give you more flexibility on the process control which would likely give better energy reduction.

Q: What is limiting size of integrated drives?
A: At Siemens, basically none. We can do fractional HP to tens of thousands of HP.

Q: What is the difference between improving efficiency and reducing losses?
A: Efficiency is defined as energy used for work divided by total energy consumed. It is a ratio often expressed as a percentage. Losses are wasted energy. Losses are energy you pay for and can’t use. So having a very efficient machine is great, but you can still run it in a way that produces too many losses. One of the best ways to minimize losses is by maximizing efficiency. But you can reduce losses without changing efficiency by implementing process controls like slowing down or switching off when not in use.

Q: What is the max power available under SIMOGEAR system?
A: Currently 40HP. We have other integrated drive systems that go to thousands of HP. See

Q: What advantage does the integral gearmotor provide vs. a direct coupled gearmotor?
A: Coupled systems have more parts (bearings, seals) than integral systems. Also, integral units have perfect alignment. Misalignment results in losses (proven by premature failures in misaligned systems). C-face gear units with C-face motors are the next best thing, because they maintain the alignment pretty well. Footed motors that are aligned in the field are not as good for efficiency.

Q: How does over-sizing a motor affect efficiency?
A: Motor efficiency is a rating value that relates to a particular place on the motor torque curve. It is typically at full load and rated voltage and speed. The efficiency of the motor drops significantly when you move away from that point. So, under loading drops the efficiency a lot. You have to look at the particular application and motor for full details. For the Siemens SIMOGEAR gear motors, our efficiency rating is pretty consistent even down to 75% load. Great question that I forgot to address in the presentation.

Q: What are the main advantages of using VFDs instead of fluid coupling?
A: It all depends on the application. The fluid coupling is mostly for over torque protection. It does also act as a soft starter somewhat. But it has losses associated all the time. A drive would give you more flexibility on the process control—speed, acceleration, deceleration—which would likely give better energy reduction.

Q: Is the extra cost of a 6-pole motor offset by energy savings because of reduced input shaft speed?
A: There are a lot of variables at work there. You have to look at the lifetime of the application and the torque/speed requirements. We can help you do that.

Q: If you use a 6 poles motor there will be a lower speed on the gear unit input shaft and most likely one last stage equals higher efficiency.
A: There are a lot of variables at work there. You have to look at the lifetime of the application and the torque/speed requirements. We can help you do that.

Q: You can only squeeze so much juice out of the fruit.  With the forthcoming efficiency legislation of 2016 on the horizon, do you feel motor manufactures going to be able to get another 1 or 2% efficiency out of a motor before we top out?
A: Yes. There is still room for improved motor efficiency as this is attainable through utilization of higher grade metals and/or added active material.  Of course, this practice always comes with added manufacturing costs.

Q: Up which power range, for example until 20 hp, could we have better efficiency with such IDS systems, or the gain would always remain in the same level?
A: The integrated approach allows you to take efficiency into consideration always and lets the supplier, preferably Siemens, help you do it.

Q: Any thoughts about keeping managers trained in energy management?
A: More CFE Media webinars!

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Hawkins schools cut energy by 27 percent

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ROGERSVILLE — There’s not one large solution to energy conservation, but Hawkins County Schools energy specialists Brandon Williams has found that a lot of small behavior changes are adding up to substantial savings.

Since contracting with energy conservation consulting company Cenergistic in September of 2012 Hawkins County Schools have cut energy consumption by 27.4 percent.

That energy reduction is despite a substantial amount of energy consuming changes that have occurred over the past 31 months such as new classrooms and other inside additions, and new computers and other technology that has been installed at schools.

School officials are reluctant to attach a specific dollar figure to the energy savings because there are so many different variables to take into account.

The savings aren’t always something you can pinpoint on a budget because budgets are adjusted to account for conservation, but it’s projected to be well into seven figures.

Williams said the overall savings amounts to a lot of “nickel and dime stuff” being done by every teacher and staff member. But, with more than 700 classrooms across Hawkins County, saving nickels and dimes on a daily basis begins to add up.

“It’s all about behavior change, and making people think about little ways they can make a difference over the long term,” Williams said. “For example, if I’m going to be out of the classroom for more than two or three minutes do I turn my lights out. I’m going to open the blinds and use natural daylight as much as possible, or make sure I get my computer shut down every chance I get. We’ve saved a lot of money just through behavior change.”

Williams added, “We’ve also saved quite a bit of money through just optimizing the time we operate our HVAC. We want to make sure we match that to our bell schedule so we’re heating or cooling classrooms 30 to 45 minutes before students arrive, and then 15 to 20 minutes after they leave for the day we want to make sure that stuff gets shut off. Really just optimize the operation of HVAC to match the occupancy of the building.”

Schools across Hawkins County have recognized Earth Day a number of different ways this week.

Williams told the Times-News Wednesday there’s quite a bit to celebrate.

Over the past 31 months energy consumption across the school system has been reduced by 58,216 MMBTUs.

That reduction translates into the equivalent of 1,959 tons of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere — the equivalent of 408 passenger cars removed from the road, or 50,228 trees planted.

“It’s important for all of us to save energy,” Williams said. “While most of the time we discuss it in terms of saving money, for Earth Day we encourage you to be concerned with our natural resources. Being good stewards of both our money and our environment gives us a great sense of satisfaction.”

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Playing it cool: by a looking potion of automobile window tinting

There’s no evading a fact that a UAE is an impassioned place, and when it comes to meridian and ambient temperatures, few places on Earth are some-more brutal. All of us find remit – anything and all to annul a mountainous temperatures and rough humidity. Our cars, with atmosphere conditioning henceforth cranked adult to a max, operative prosaic out, spin fortresses of cooling. Here, we have a jot of control – and we make a many of it.

Now that summer is fast approaching, a common courtesy is being incited to a cars. Will cave cope with a heat? When was it final serviced? How are those tyres looking? Is that atmosphere conditioning as cold as you’ll wish it to be in a inlet of Jul and August? And if we haven’t already had it done, isn’t it high time we had those windows tinted?

Isn’t window tinting simply an practice in vanity, though? Is it a small conform statement? Or does significantly extinguishing your car’s glazing strengthen a cabin conflicting temperatures routinely gifted usually by steel smelters? It’s a doubt I’ve been mulling over for a past few years, so when we was asked if I’d be meddlesome in assembly a Indian male famous simply as “Mr KT”, we felt it was too good an event to miss. Because KT is a male in assign of V-Kool in this region, and that company’s trademark is seen on a behind of an outrageous commission of cars here. You’ve seen “I’m V-Kool” created on a darkened potion of thousands of cars, right? It’s an intensely crafty and effective selling slogan.

I conduct to a company’s categorical workshop, subsequent to a ­ever-popular Tom Serg cafeteria on a hinterland of Dubai’s Al Quoz industrial area. It’s an ­unassuming-looking premises for such a successful, well-­established business, nonetheless there’s a everlasting tide of cars entrance in and going behind out by a doors. I’m greeted by KT – a effusive lady with an infectious, sepulchral laugh, who starts revelation me about a V-Kool operation. But before we get into that, it’s maybe timely to inspect a few impending contribution surrounding a products his association has spin famous for.

Essentially a pristine film unsentimental to potion and other surfaces (it’s been used architecturally on a windows of homes and offices for many years, too), there’s nonetheless a outrageous volume of scholarship during play here. While there are a series of other firms provision identical products, V-Kool is recognized as a tellurian personality in what it refers to as “daylight harvesting and energy-efficient solutions”, winning countless accolades in a process, including being listed (along with other inventions such as a computer, a universe far-reaching web, atmosphere conditioning and a telephone) in a prestigious Top 100 Inventions of a Millennium by America’s Popular Science magazine.

How can something as clearly elementary as a coloured film be so dignified as innovative? As with so many things we take for granted, though, there’s a good understanding some-more to these products than meets a eye.

Independent contrast has shown that V-Kool’s films shade out 94 per cent of infrared deviation and 98 per cent of deleterious ultraviolet light, a deviation that causes sunburn and eye damage. That’s a homogeneous of a tanning unguent with an SPF (sun insurance factor) of 130. For your car, then, these films concede we to knowledge a fever nonetheless a feverishness or a deleterious rays.

By comparison, tinted, non-­reflective window treatments filter out (at most) 15 per cent of a sun’s infrared heat. Heavily coloured windows also detract from a entrance of your automobile (although some would disagree a conflicting is true) and revoke visibility, generally during night.

It will substantially come as no warn to learn that these films, like so many technical advancements, were used by a world’s troops and counterclaim ­organisations prolonged before we got a spot during them, and while they competence demeanour like zero some-more than rolls of thin, coloured glue plastic, they’re indeed a outcome of decades of investigate into molecule science.

V-Kool, according to a selling blurb, uses “a patented, heading corner dielectric sputtering process”. This record works, it says, by depositing several alloys, compounds and ultra-thin stacks of pristine elements – many usually atoms thick – onto optically pure polymers. The company’s films, it goes on to say, are effectively “wavelength resourceful coatings” – identical to those that concede Stealth warrior aircraft to hedge showing by radar – and they’ve been propitious to automobile windows in a UAE given 1996.

I discuss to KT that my possess automobile has factory-tinted potion to a behind windows and a tailgate, so since would we advantage from carrying an aftermarket cloaking such as V-Kool’s? “What we have is unequivocally common and involves a darker film being sandwiched between a dual layers of potion that forms a laminate,” he says. “And that’s cosmetic some-more than ­anything else. You can’t design something finished for markets that embody Scandinavia, Russia and Europe to be suitable for a possess region. What we have on your automobile will not strengthen we from a heat.”

OK then, so what do we do if we wish that thermal protection? If my potion gets any darker it will be formidable to see out of and would substantially be illegal. “To get around your problem,” he goes on, “we have a new product that is roughly totally neutral in shade, nonetheless offers all a advantages of a other films. It cuts out UV and infrared, nonetheless there’s small to no tint, that is a poignant reserve benefit.”

By approach of a unsentimental demonstration, I’m taken to a feverishness flare and asked to place my palm underneath a glare. After hardly a second, we waylay it back, for fear of removing burnt – it’s that hot. However, changeable a pure territory of potion over it, propitious with this new and roughly totally pristine film, it’s as if there’s no feverishness source whatsoever – my skin feels wholly normal. So, we ask, is there any reason for automobile owners to go for films so dim they’re roughly ambiguous these days? He says not and that his association is painstakingly perplexing to teach motorists and drive them in a instruction of these new films.

I sojourn distrustful about a take-up of such measures, commendable nonetheless they are. we discuss to KT that we once saw someone pushing around Dubai Marina during night wearing sunglasses. He laughs. “Yes, for a certain territory of a marketplace there will always be this direct for unequivocally dim glass, nonetheless as we have seen, it unequivocally is not required now.”

Does V-Kool have a process that prevents it from wise film to cars that would be bootleg in a UAE? It’s one thing carrying blacked-out windows on your residence for privacy, nonetheless when it comes to motoring, there are many apparent dangers fundamental in carrying potion that’s most black. And when a automobile is put by a annual test, utterly mostly these owners mislay a black film usually to have it refitted once a automobile is deemed roadworthy. It’s a long-lived problem, so can V-Kool do anything about it, detached from perplexing to marketplace a newer, pure films?

KT draws his breath. we know what’s coming. “We have a disclaimer,” he sighs. “Some business insist they need a black film, nonetheless we are unequivocally pure to these people about a law here. We as a association can't be hold obliged for what business do.” He says these difference roughly with an atmosphere of recklessness – as nonetheless he’s deeply worried in sating a desires of motorists who apparently have no courtesy for a law or highway safety. But, he says, a commission of drivers perfectionist a unequivocally dim tints is minimal; a infancy go for films that accommodate authorised requirements. we suppose, when all is pronounced and done, if someone is dynamic to have black windows, they’ll find somebody, somewhere, who will do a work for them.

He talks enthusiastically about a “Gen 2” products his association recently brought to market. “They soak adult feverishness like a sponge,” he says. “The record is unbelievable, how it reflects a light as if it’s a mirror, nonetheless we can see in and out nonetheless ­problem.”

As someone who has formerly discharged these films as being of small or no benefit, we acknowledge my mind has been altered. As we get older, my opinion to a object has changed: we possibly cover adult or slap means 50 on each unprotected square of skin. Sunlight, as essential as it is to life, does means damage, and we wish to extent that as most as possible. The fact that these new window films cut out those deleterious rays means there are health advantages – don’t for a second cruise that since you’re behind a mirror of potion that we can’t get sunburnt.

Another thing to consider, generally if we have an environmental conscience, is that by shortening a ambient heat of your car’s cabin, we put reduction aria on a air-­conditioning system. This, in turn, creates your engine some-more efficient, saving fuel and shortening deleterious emissions in one stroke. Admittedly, in a partial of a world, saving fuel isn’t unequivocally on anyone’s radar, nonetheless things can fast change.

Fitting these films isn’t cheap. My possess automobile – a compress Volkswagen Scirocco – would cost upwards of Dh4,500 for a treatment. As distant as KT is concerned, though, it’s income wisely invested. “We give a full five-year general guaranty on all a films,” he says. “So when we widespread that cost over those 5 years, it becomes reduction of an issue. We also have several remuneration skeleton to support with a ­purchase.”

With summer temperatures set to strike tough over a subsequent few months, maybe we too are meditative about what to do to minimise a outcome they will have on your life. When it comes to aftermarket window films, though, if we value a reserve of yourself, your family and other highway users, it’s during slightest good to know that we don’t need to be kept in a dim to stay cool. Hopefully shortly we will be means to stamp out a flay of bootleg tints and a roads will be safer for all – now there unequivocally is no forgive for them.

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Rachel Notley’s NDP to promote energy savings for Albertans

Today, on Earth Day, Rachel Notley announced that the NDP will invest in a new green loan program to help families and businesses save energy and cut costs. Media Release (04/22/2015) Edmonton, AB – “Albertans are ready to be energy efficiency leaders,” said Notley, “but the PCs have left families and businesses with high costs and big hurdles to going green. Under the NDP plan, we will help Albertans save energy by making green upgrades more affordable for their homes and businesses. By offering interest-free loans for green upgrades, the NDP plan provides real support for families and small businesses to save money on their energy bills. Our plan will also stimulate construction jobs.”

The NDP will invest $5 million annually to partner with financial institutions and extend interest-free loans of up to $10,000 to Albertans. The green loans will be used to make energy efficient retrofits to homes and businesses, such as upgrading windows and doors or installing solar panels and new furnaces. Today, Alberta is the only Canadian province without an energy efficiency strategy.

“Jim Prentice is focused on protecting corporate tax giveaways, instead of making Alberta a true energy leader,” said Notley. “The PCs have no plan to promote energy upgrades and no plan to help Albertans save money on their power and heating bills. Today, New Democrats are putting forward a smart, cost-effective plan to help reduce energy consumption. It’s a plan that protects our environment, protects the pocketbooks of Albertans, and creates jobs.”


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City sees rebate for energy savings – Corpus Christi Caller

CORPUS CHRISTI – Saving energy has earned the city a little green.

On Tuesday city officials accepted an $87,071 energy rebate check for participating in an AEP program that makes recommendations for energy-saving facility improvements, then rewards cities for saving energy through those improvements, according to a news release issued by McKinstry, a company that worked with the city to update the buildings.

In the second phase of the project, officials made improvements to 76 city buildings, including police stations, the American Bank Center and City Hall, according to the company.

The city has “reduced its carbon footprint by an estimated 6.6 million pounds of annual carbon dioxide emissions,” states the release. “The environmental impact of the city’s efforts is equivalent to 827 acres of trees being planted or 581 cars removed from the road.”

“Corpus Christi leads the pack for energy and water conservation in a city of its size. Mayor (Nelda) Martinez and other city leaders have been adamant about investing in facility upgrades and improvements to conserve both environmental resources and taxpayer money,” said Michael Grabham, regional director for McKinstry, in the release. “Our team has been proud to partner with the city to optimize the facilities that serve this community.”

Glenbrook Hyundai provides window tinting for internal drivers – SYS



FORT WAYNE, Ind., April 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Glenbrook Hyundai now offers window tinting for internal Fort Wayne, Indiana, drivers. This new use provides a approach for drivers to not usually customize their vehicle, though to assistance strengthen it. Window tinting has a accumulation of advantages for both driver’s and a vehicle. Tinted windows yield safer pushing conditions. They can assistance defense a driver’s eyes and forestall glisten from a accumulation of sources such as travel lights or another vehicle’s headlights. Tinted windows can also strengthen passengers and a interior of a car from damaging ultraviolet rays that can means a vehicle’s upholstery to blur and crack.


Glenbrook Hyundai creates it easy and affordable for drivers to get their vehicle’s windows tinted. The dealership uses Sun-Gard window films to assistance strengthen drivers and their vehicle. These window films are top-of-the-line and are designed to prominence and raise a facilities of any vehicle. Sun-Gard window films also assistance foster appetite savings, since it helps revoke a time it takes to feverishness or cold a vehicle. There are a accumulation of advantages to tinting a vehicle’s windows.

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Energy efficiency sector can emerge from the bunker

Recent announcements from the Victorian and NSW governments have allowed the energy efficiency sector to emerge out of their bunkers, a little battered and bruised but still thankful to be alive.

Last week the Victorian Government held a stakeholder forum where they revealed the detail of the government’s analysis on the costs and benefits of continuing the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target. This scheme provides a financial incentive for households and businesses to install energy efficient equipment via energy efficiency abatement certificates that power retailers are obligated to buy in order to achieve carbon abatement targets.

The government’s cost-benefit analysis found that, contrary to prior discredited economic analysis, there would be significant economic benefits from continuing the scheme. The analysis however looked at only a very tight range of options for future targets – 5.4, 5.8 and 6.2 million tonnes of CO2 abatement certificates per annum. In addition the analysis also considered a scenario where the 5.8m per annum target would be in place for five years, instead of the three years currently specified in legislation.

This has led energy efficiency businesses to infer that the government has landed on a 5.8m target over five years as their preferred option.

Such a target represents only a small increase on the current target of 5.4m. Given the history of the scheme, where industry has had little difficulty reaching the targets set, and that the government is also looking to expand eligible options to also include initiatives in the industrial sector some hoped the government would have at least have considered some noticeably higher targets. Yet given the sector was facing the imminent prospect of no scheme at all under the prior Coalition state government, there was a sense of relief among participants Climate Spectator spoke to. In particular the proposal to extend the scheme to five years instead of three was welcomed. Three-year scheme targets subject to review before extension had acted to induce boom-bust patterns, interspersed with periods of deep uncertainty until new targets were confirmed for the next three-year period. A five-year period of target certainty should help moderate that market volatility and uncertainty according to some businesses, giving them greater ability to plan and invest.

The NSW Government yesterday released similarly good news from a review of their energy efficiency tradeable certificate target scheme. 

The review essentially gave the scheme a clean bill of health confirming that it was achieving its objectives and between 2009 and 2013 the Energy Savings scheme had supported projects that were likely to have cut energy bills by $1.2 billion and led to cumulative energy savings over the life of the projects of 8300 gigawatt-hours.

The government has confirmed that it will increase the target for the scheme from 5% of eligible electricity sales (energy consumption from energy intensive industry is excluded from the scheme) to 6.5% in 2016. However this will only deliver a relative modest 378GWh in reduced electricity consumption in 2020 and an additional $16m in net present value to the NSW economy.

However, because the scheme will also be expanded to make gas energy efficiency initiatives eligible the government will further expand the target to 7% of eligible electricity sales in the same year and then lift it again to 8% in 2018.

On top of this the government has also announced the scheme will be extended to 2025.

Collectively the changes to the scheme are estimated to lead to additional cumulative electricity savings of around 23,400GWh and gas savings of 22 500 terajoules by 2040. According to the government’s analysis this will deliver an additional benefit to the NSW economy of $847 million in present value terms. The additional bill savings from these reforms are estimated at around $3.2 billion in present value terms to NSW households and businesses.

The chief representative body for energy efficiency service providers, the Energy Efficiency Council welcomed the news of the expansion and extension of the scheme.

“We congratulate the Baird Government for committing to expand the scheme and help homes and businesses save energy and money,” said Rob Murray-Leach, CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council.

Late last year Climate Spectator was heavily critical of the fact the government had left the market in limbo by choosing to hold off until after the state election before informing participants on the outcome of their review. At present a handful of scheme participants Climate Spectator has spoken to were still a little unclear as to how big a boost the changes might make to their businesses. Yet all were highly relieved that the government had announced the outcome of the review relatively soon after the election. Given the change in ministerial responsibilities some were concerned this might have led to further delays and reconsideration of the scheme’s future.

It appears that given the incredible uncertainty and threats that had been hanging over not just these energy efficiency targets but also the Renewable Energy Target, there is a sense of relief among many that at least the Victorian and NSW governments see the value of supporting initiatives that save consumers money and reduce pollution levels.

Home assessment improves energy efficiency

Winter has come to an end. The days are getting longer, and the house is quiet without the hum of mechanical systems battling to keep your home comfortable against the elements.

That doesn’t mean it’s time to forget these critical home systems and the energy they consume.

Wouldn’t it be better to arm yourself before the battle begins this year?

A home energy assessment is the first step.

Such an assessment can help you:

Find out where your conditioned air is escaping.

Inspect the efficiency of your home heating system, air conditioner and water heater.

Evaluate your home insulation.

Inspect your living space, basement, garage and attic.

Receive a comprehensive plan to make your home more energy efficient.

State and federal programs offer financial incentives to homeowners who make energy efficiency improvements in their homes, bringing these improvements closer to a reality for many homeowners.

Todd Maples of Egg Harbor Township is one of those homeowners. When faced with the purchase of a new water heater for his 20-year-old home, he went online to New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program to find out how to qualify for a rebate for his upcoming purchase.

He learned if he had a home performance assessment and could show a 25 percent energy savings, he could qualify for up to a $5,000 rebate on a bigger home improvement project.

Considering his air conditioner and heating system were also 20 years old, Maples realized he would be faced with replacing these systems in the near future. So, he decided to have a home energy assessment.

After reviewing information from three assessments, Maples turned to The Energy Team in Hammonton for the project. The Energy Team has completed 298 home performance projects since 2010, according to New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program website.

The assessment was completed in one day. The plan included air sealing and insulating with particular attention paid to the attic and the replacement of the water heater, furnace and air conditioner, which was all completed in a matter of days.

The cost of the project was about $12,500. Predicted energy savings was more than 25 percent, so Maples qualified for the full $5,000 rebate from the Home Performance with Energy Star program. He also qualified for a 10-year, 0 percent interest loan to cover the remaining balance, and he expects the savings will cover that payment.

“We’re not rich, so we can’t at the drop of the hat come up with $4,000 for a new furnace or new air conditioner if those things go. This was much more palatable. There is definitely that peace of mind, and plus where are you going to get 10 years at 0 percent interest?” Maples said.

“You’d be surprised, if you are in a builder’s grade home, you are losing all kinds of heat and cooling in all kinds of places throughout the house, especially in the attic,” continued Maples.

“As warm air rises and leaves the upper part of your house through your wire penetration, the pull down stairwell or recessed lights, it draws cold air in through the lower parts of the house. So, the biggest focus is to seal up the upper part of the house first,” said Kyle Haddock, director of The Energy Team.

Sealing up your home is a critical step in reaching energy efficiency.

Many times, homeowners will replace a furnace before sealing a home, and they purchase a system that is capable of heating a leaky house. Once they seal up the home, they wind up with a furnace that is too big for the home, Haddock said.

“All the cracks add up to having a window open year round. It is worse than having a window open year round because of stack effect,” said William Doyle, president of Allied Energy Efficiency Experts. This is when warm air rises and seeps out of the cracks, drawing air in the lower portions.

A lot of dust in your home is one sign that your home has a lot of leakage, said Doyle, but it’s also a job that requires professional attention. It can be dangerous if a home is sealed too tightly without having proper ventilation. Homeowners can wind up with moisture and health issues.

“Once you do the work, the indoor air quality increases dramatically,” Doyle said.

Allied has completed 2,359 home performance projects since 2010. They are a one-stop-shop that offers services for all necessary repairs.

A comprehensive home assessment looks at the house as a whole system working together to achieve comfort for the homeowner. The main goal is to save energy, which often, but not always, translates to saving dollars, said Stan Orzechowski, home performance manager at Laury Heating, Cooling and Plumbing in Vineland.

“The primary goal is less energy consumption so there is more energy that can be used among everybody,” continued Orzechowski.

Laury Heating, Cooling and Plumbing has completed 752 home performance projects since 2010, according to New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program website.

The mechanical systems are the “energy vampires” of your home, Orzechowski said. “They cost the most to install and operate.” Often they are all installed together and have a matching lifespan. So if you are faced with replacing one of these systems, consider a home performance assessment.

Some of the tests performed during the assessment include a blower door test and zonal pressure tests that show where your conditioned air is escaping. A duct blaster device reveals openings in your duct work, and mechanical performance tests tell the efficiency of your water heater, furnace and air conditioner.

“You’d be surprised how much energy is lost that leaves your furnace or air conditioner and leaks into the attic, basement or crawl space before it even gets to the room you intended it to go,” Haddock said.

Attics are usually the biggest energy thieves, and assessments often result in attic insulation and sealing, Orzechowski said.

“Stopping the air leakage comes first. The house will not work correctly as a system without sealing the air leaks,” said Al Sciubba, founder of Allied Energy Efficiency Experts.

Often, Allied also installs insulation, mechanical systems, windows, lighting and appliances. “The average home that we do saves at least 25 percent of their energy. So when we do six or seven jobs a day, we are taking 11/2 houses off the grid in terms of energy savings,” Doyle said.

These are major home improvements, and New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program is offering incentives, such as up to a $5,000 rebate and a 0 percent interest loan program for up to $10,000.

“There are more than 100 million homes built in America in ways that they are not building anymore. To go back and fix these homes and make them homes of today takes some doing,’’ Sciubba said.

“Some are much more difficult and complicated than others. However, no matter what type of job we do, the funding for the project is there and the repayment is done over time. So, by the time the people realize their first payment, they have already saved,” he continued.

“It’s a huge benefit to people. There is no better thing they can do for their home.”

If you go

New Jersey Clean Energy Program: For more information, visit

Allied Energy Efficiency Experts: 100 Dobbs Lane, Suite 102, Cherry Hill. Call (856) 528-2822 or

Laury Heating, Cooling and Plumbing: 511 E. Plum St., Vineland. Call (888) 697-3067 or

The Energy Team: 74 Route 73, Hammonton. Call (800) 672-2117 or

Window Genie Celebrates National Window Film Day with $1000 3M Window …

Participants given a possibility to win a $1,000 3M Envision Window Genie commissioned window film pursuit during their home.

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) Apr 20, 2015

To applaud National Window Film Day on Apr 30th, Cincinnati-based Window Genie will give divided a $1,000 window film designation to a patron in one of a 200 communities they use nationwide. Announced by The International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit trade organisation representing a many advantages of window film from heading manufacturers, distributors and dealers, National Window Film Day is a day of open preparation 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. Window Genie recently partnered with 3MTM to offer a EnvisionTM line of window film to residential customers.

Window Genie’s Founder and CEO Rik Nonelle said, “Window Genie’s joining to patron use involves a loyalty to educating business on a ways a services can urge a demeanour and value of their homes. Many of a services save business income since unchanging upkeep and cleaning means a longer lifespan for windows, siding, gutters, driveways and more. Window film is a illusory approach to assistance a business go green, revoke appetite expenditure and save on application bills while shortening glare, feverishness and vanishing in their homes. We’re vehement for this competition and couldn’t consider of a improved approach to applaud both National Window Film Day as good as a new partnership with a attention giant, 3M.”

Complete competition sum might be found on Window Genie’s blog. To enter, Window Genie asks participants to contention their name, city/state and a reason they wish window film in their home. The acquiescence contingency be done possibly in a criticism domain of their blog, or on a Window Genie Corporate Office’s Facebook page. The leader will be selected during pointless in a sketch that will be posted on YouTube on Apr 30th. The leader contingency live within a Window Genie use territory. Window Genie’s plcae page might be found here.

About Window Genie: Window Genie is a Cincinnati-based home use authorization specializing in window cleaning, window tinting, vigour washing, gutter cleaning and more. Founded in 1994, and with authorization operations starting in 1998, Window Genie has grown to a complement of 81 authorization partners handling in over 200 markets in 24 states. All Window Genie franchises are exclusively owned and operated. Window Genie was recently named to Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 List during #196 and named a Top 50 Multi-Unit Franchise by Franchise Business Review.


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PNM boasts energy efficiency results

Public Service Co. of New Mexico says it has surpassed a state goal when it comes to energy efficiency.

That mark required the utility to achieve cumulative energy savings equal to at least 5 percent of 2005 retails sales by 2014.

PNM business and residential customers received nearly $9 million in rebates and incentives last year and saved 74 million kilowatt hours of electricity from participating in the utility’s efficiency programs, according to an annual efficiency report filed with regulators.

By reducing use, PNM says its customers also have saved more than 521 million gallons of water since 2007 and carbon dioxide emissions were cut by more than 905,000 metric tons.

3 tips to help customers embrace energy savings kits

By Todd Recknagel

Energy programs continue to offer utilities a consistent source of energy savings across the United States. Serving as a gateway to energy efficiency by preparing customers for additional program offerings in the future, energy savings kits help customers make the decision to adopt cost-saving products. These initiatives often work to engage utility customers and boost program energy savings and cost-effectiveness. 

A recently published white paper by ILLUME Advising LLC. found that energy efficiency kits offer a viable means of establishing and deepening the connection between a utility and a customer—providing verified energy savings along the way. 

ILLUME found that while energy savings kit program initiatives were able to boost energy savings across the nation, there is a wide variation in the level of energy savings found per individual kit. Evaluating the success of 11 different kits provided to utility customers in 11 different markets, savings per kit ranged from 114 kWh to 758 kWh for electricity savings and 2 to 73 therms for natural gas savings. This variation was due to diverse energy-saving product adoption rates by customers. 

For utilities seeking to take advantage of the opportunities presented by implementing an energy savings kit program, there are some areas to keep in mind to better ensure customer adoption. 

1. Focus on the ROI. 

Customers and utility providers alike are constantly seeking the latest and greatest technologies and products. Utilities have a tendency to ask product and service suppliers “what’s new and different” because they are interested in the “latest developments in energy-saving technology.” However, the better question for a utility to ask a trusted supplier is “what solutions have been proven tried and true?” Small measures, like adopting compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or light emitting diode (LED) light bulbs over continued use of more traditional incandescent bulbs, have consistently proven to have the highest return on investment on average. How these small measures are marketed and packaged toward utility customers is the true key to success. When combined with energy savings kits, product solutions like CFLs and LEDs achieve a significantly higher adoption rate and offer the greatest bang for the buck for both the utility and the consumer. So in the future, don’t ask a supplier what’s the latest product developed, ask what products demonstrate the proven and highest ROI. 

2. Combine initiatives.

Energy savings kits are a versatile tool in a utility provider’s belt. Acting alone, these programs offer a user-friendly and no-to-low-cost introduction to energy efficiency for many customers. They also allow program administrators to reach a large number of households at once, establish a rapport with customers and educate the market about easy ways to reduce energy usage and save. When energy saving kits are added on to existing programs or are an integral component of a sector-based program, utilities can see an even higher rate of adoption due to the more integrated, cohesive strategy. Some of the strategies that are recommended include mailing an energy savings kit after completing an online audit, delivering kits through energy education programs held in K-12 grade schools when paired with energy and water conservation curriculum and direct installing kit measures during an in-home energy evaluation or audit of a multi-family property. 

3. Vary kit contents.

An evaluation from the Energy Trust of Oregon cited that kit contents should vary depending on the installation rates and free-ridership values reported through customer surveys in order to achieve the greatest rate of savings. Attaining high installation rates is paramount to maximize the success of an energy savings program that includes kits as a key tool. ILLUME’s research found that the technologies with the highest installation rates by customers were CFLs at 78 percent, pipe insulation at 73 percent, showerheads at 59 percent and faucet aerators at 51 percent. 

Overall, utilities are able to optimize energy kit savings and increase customer adoption by focusing on proven solutions, pairing energy savings kits with other programs for greater customer outreach and varying kit contents. Kits offer utilities the ability to impact energy savings, improve customer satisfaction, connect with hard-to-reach customer segments, introduce new technologies, educate customers and increase energy efficiency in general. Energy savings kit programs have been around since the 1990s, but paired with the latest technology developments concerning customer targeting these trusted strategies will ensure that energy savings and operational efficiencies are maximized. 

Todd Recknagel is CEO of AM Conservation Group. 


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Program for nonprofits could land work for energy contractors

When Peter Richards of Richards Energy Group, a Manheim-based energy consulting firm, discusses energy saving upgrades with a potential client, the reason for a “no” is often the same.

“They tell me they can’t afford it,” Richards said.

That is especially the case with nonprofits, which are often cash-strapped entities run by a board of directors hesitant to make any large initial outlay of cash, even if it could mean greater savings in the long run.

That’s why his firm is one of the first contractors to get onboard with a new program introduced last week by the Upper Macungie Township-based Sustainable Energy Fund, which helps take cash out of the equation.

The SEF’s new Nonprofit Energy Savings Agreement will help nonprofits in Pennsylvania with the funding and expertise they may need to make energy and cost saving changes to their facilities. This, in turn, could mean more business for private companies such as Richards Energy that perform that kind of work.

The key feature of the program is that the SEF will pay for the upgrades upfront. It then allows the nonprofit to use the savings it realizes on its utility bill to pay the SEF back for those costs.

John Costlow, president and CEO of the SEF, said his organization will be concentrating its marketing of the program within the footprint of Allentown’s PPL Electric Utilities, but will offer the service to any nonprofit in the state.

He said it is a relatively simple process for a nonprofit to receive the fund’s help.

“It depends on the building they’re in and what is needed. We’ll come in and look for opportunities for saving energy,” Costlow said.

The SEF will explain efficiencies and benefits to the nonprofit and develop a plan to make improvements to save energy and money.

When a plan is developed, the SEF will bring in a contractor, such as Richards Energy, to perform the work.

The requirements on the contractor are a little steeper.

To become an authorized contractor, the contractor must guarantee the cost savings for the work it does or reimburse the nonprofit for the difference.

It also must ensure any equipment that it installs is guaranteed for at least the life of the payback cycle so that the nonprofit doesn’t have to worry about additional repair costs.

Richards said the conditions are fair to ensure that a contractor is doing quality work to benefit the nonprofit.

Richards said he is also encouraged by the increase in business a contractor would receive by being able to get customers that might not have been able to afford upgrades without the program, or that didn’t know how to get started.

And that is exactly what the SEF is trying to accomplish, Costlow said.

“We’re trying to bridge the lack of funding, the lack of technical understanding and the lack of belief in the savings,” he said.

Richards called it a plan that goes to the bottom line.

“There are products out there to help save them money,” he said. “This is an answer to that.”

Costlow said the payback agreement is fairly straight-forward. He gave an example of a nonprofit saving $1,000 per month as a result of energy efficient upgrades made through the program.

“They would keep $200 for themselves and give $800 back to the SEF to make payments toward the project,” Costlow said.

When the work is paid off, the nonprofit will then keep the full savings.

He said the good news is that the upgrades the SEF recommends are generally those that pay for themselves in a relatively short period of time, usually just a few years, so the nonprofit will quickly realize the full savings.

Costlow noted the program is self-funded by the SEF and is a service agreement, not a loan. In other words, the SEF owns the newly installed equipment until it is paid off.

It also would be responsible for making sure the energy savings are being realized on an ongoing basis and will conduct regular performance reviews to ensure the equipment is performing – and saving energy and money as intended.

Costlow said the savings agreement program is a pilot and his hope is that after its first run, it can be expanded and perhaps even offered to small businesses, where surveys have shown a demand for such a program.

According to SEF, there is a need for $35.6 billion in energy-saving capital improvements in the small commercial-building market in the U.S. Costlow said if all such energy-saving retrofits were completed, it would result in $138 billion in savings over the course of a decade.

How Building Energy Management Can Help Your Factory

Finding and leveraging energy savings in commercial buildings has accelerated over the past 10-15 years largely because of modern building automation systems (BAS) and the BACnet standard development in the U.S. and globally. Direct digital control (DDC) has kicked pneumatic control systems to the curb, and energy data is now readily presented to facility managers, bringing noticeable energy savings for larger companies.

Modern BAS and energy management systems (EMS), along with the proliferation of room and zone monitoring via sensors in modern or retrofitted buildings, present facility managers with opportunities most did not have 20 years ago—namely, through actionable data.

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Is there an opportunity for manufacturers to leverage the BAS and EMS strategies used in the building space? Compared with building automation, it’s fair to say manufacturers are presented with different types of energy saving challenges because of unique and varied industry applications and manufacturing footprints. For years, electricity costs have been viewed as a fixed cost in the operations world, with building management usually not in the discussion.

However, best-in-class manufacturers are already roadmapping plant strategies that include much more data from the shop floor. So when does energy management become part of the discussion?

Where to start?

“We recommend the top-down approach over a period of time, where we tell manufacturers and building managers to start with your main building profile,” says Arun Sinha, director of business development at Opto 22. “Monitor, learn and find anomalies in energy footprint.”

Building control is quite uniform. BAS resides as software on an operator workstation or is available as a web page, while various controller types manage equipment and portions of the network. Meanwhile, zone sensors provide input data to the controllers. All of this is done through a BACnet communication protocol, ANSI certified, or on a LonWorks network. Monitoring at the subpanel level allows for motion sensing and automated lighting schedules to conserve energy when rooms are empty.

However, the inherent variety of manufacturing applications and control architectures does not allow for a simple plug-and-play handbook for industrial energy monitoring. For example, warehouses or refrigerated storage facilities may lean on a traditional automation system to control compressors and chillers for heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) and production equipment. These applications include control and monitoring.

“If we’re in the boiler room and there’s 10 energy loads right in the same room with chillers, boilers, pump and circulation pumps, then I’d say it’s better to use a programmable automation controller (PAC) system,” Sinha says.

Energy, a fixed cost?

A particularly challenging aspect of industrial energy management is ownership by operations. Energy management or the cost of electricity has mostly been viewed as a fixed cost, with plant operations focused on meeting output and continuous improvement.

“Historically, production people really haven’t had the resources to look at energy monitoring because 15 different machines on the plant floor have different load requirements and demands, and it was just overwhelming to try to have a production manager really think about energy management,” says Doug Ferguson, vice president of Americas Operations Services for Phoenix Contact.

However, that’s changing as more equipment data moves from the plant floor to third-party energy management software solutions.

“The current trend we’re seeing is a lot of the building automation companies, hardware vendors and the energy management application providers for standard commercial buildings move into the manufacturing space,” says Eric Dellinger, process manager for Internet of Things solutions at Kepware Technologies. The systems they provide often export energy data via XML from conveyor motors via OPC communication drivers into the cloud or energy dashboards for real-time visibility.

Seeing energy data is not a problem. “There’s a lot of options now,” Sinha says. “A lot of companies have emerged offering cloud-based visualization systems that are very easy to use.”

There are numerous third-party energy integrators with dashboard solutions, such as Pulse Energy and eSight Energy, but automation suppliers are in this space too. Siemens and Schneider Electric, for example, both offer cloudbased software with vertical integration of building and automation systems to manufacturers, aiding in business intelligence strategies for larger organizations.

Studying energy loads

One company taking a holistic approach to energy use in manufacturing, while updating its building controls systems with DDC, is automotive engine manufacturer Cummins. The company has been working with its local utility, Duke Energy, to better see the energy loads at its Rocky Mount, N.C., manufacturing facility.

The 1.2 million square foot facility makes about 150,000 engines a year, and compressed air—used to blow off chips from machining the engine blocks and heads—is a major energy factor. Some characterize compressed air as the fourth utility for industrial manufacturers, after electricity, gas and water. For Cummins, there’s no question about its importance.

At the Rocky Mount plant, Duke Energy helped design an energy management system that ties into the company’s existing building management system, where it looks at the cubic feet per minute (CFM) of compressed air used per engine line. The company has a dedicated staff watching air compressors in real time and compiling data logs of energy loads. About 12 main compressed air drops within the plant are metered.

“Rocky Mount is compressing about 20,000 CFM. It is the largest energy-consuming system within our plant,” says Mark VanDam, facilities engineer at Cummins’ Rocky Mount plant. “It accounts for about 25 percent of the electrical energy we use on a daily basis to compress air.”

At the Rocky Mount plant, they’re trying to pinpoint leaks or other equipment problems that could drive compressed air use up, VanDam says. “That data is logged every 15 minutes and then it logs the average every 15 minutes for us to see.”

Cummins is developing its own energy dashboard that drills down to plant floor lines to provide data for more Six Sigma improvements. “We’ll be able to give each individual business unit within the plant a CFM per part that they produce—basically, a measure so they can understand whether their usage is going up or down per part, and drive our energy cost down,” VanDam says. “We’re up to six different Six Sigma projects now, and there is a total savings of about $135,000 annually based on straight energy savings, including electrical energy as well as compressed air savings.”

Rocky Mount isn’t the only Cummins plant moving toward better energy visualization. The engine plant in Jamestown, N.Y., is at the end of a five-year plan to retrofit its entire building management system that will support a BACnet open architecture. Similar to Rocky Mount, compressed air use makes up about 20 percent of the plant’s electricity use.

“At Jamestown, there are three shift operations, but second shift is a maintenance shift. So one of the things we look at is to make sure that our load drops proportionally when production goes home for the second shift,” says David Burlee, plant engineering leader at the Jamestown facility. “With our metering program, we’re able to see a lot of things that we didn’t know existed around energy waste, particularly if the lines or areas are not working.”

Asset management

Data coming from the shop floor can lead to energy savings, certainly, but it can also provide equipment insights or better asset management practices. One opportunity comes from looking at power quality on the factory floor. Poor power quality management can increase power usage and damage devices, such as electrical motors, computers and industrial control equipment.

Three-phase power modules are a common solution and they monitor energy behavior for motors, production lines and motor control centers while transmitting data using industrial protocol standards such as Profibus, EtherNet/IP, CANopen and others.

The modules measure active, reactive and apparent power, total power consumption, power factors and phase shift angles, to name a few.

More importantly, energy data is just a dashboard away. “Our three-phase power measurement modules have an energy management dashboard that provides the engineer or technician with a quick view of the energy use of the system,” says Charlie Norz product manager at Wago.

Energy use at the device level is providing more real-time energy data, but networking solutions also allow plant managers to view bigger plant energy consumption patterns. For example, recent energy profile developments with Profinet and EtherNet/IP provide manufacturers with easier access to a bigger systems view.

The ProfiEnergy communication profile can transmit power demand information back to the controller to support more sophisticated energy savings strategies, including peak load management. Specific examples of peak load management include energy savings during brief and longer production pauses, and unscheduled downtime.

A white paper from ODVA called “CIP Energy Profiles” discusses the importance of a bigger view—a top-down approach—afforded by industrial networks. “Some devices may report very accurate energy data, but high accuracy is not really needed at the device level. There will usually be revenue-accurate meters upstream in the energy distribution network,” the paper notes. “This more complete energy picture provides valuable information on the energy behavior of a machine, zone, line or area, allowing users to make decisions that result in reduced energy usage and cost.”

Read more about how Manufacturers Leverage Best Practices from Better Plants Initiative.

Environmentalists see benefits of performance contracting – Florida Times

ATLANTA | Voters were told in 2010 they would benefit three ways by approving a constitutional amendment to allow multiyear contracts.

The amendment, which passed with overwhelming support, established a way for the state to pay to install energy-saving devices at essentially no cost. That would help the environment, save taxpayers money and create jobs.

Soon, we’ll know if those three promised benefits will become reality.

That’s because the first state building, Phillips State Prison, has just had the devices installed. The next 12 months will show whether energy usage dropped enough to use the savings to repay the cost of the upgrade. Another $80 million in projects is in the pipeline.

Environmentalists are optimistic.

“By enabling energy-performance contracting at state-owned buildings, the constitutional amendment represents a step in the right direction,” said Taylor Allred, energy-policy manager for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. “Tapping into professional expertise through performance contracting is an attractive solution for achieving significant reductions in energy waste and ensuring a solid value proposition for taxpayers.”

If the benefits are so large, why hasn’t more been done in these five years?

The reason for the lag after passage of the amendment was due to the need to draft rules, regulations and procedures at two agencies overseeing the Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contracts. The contractors had to be certified, and then the agencies had to be convinced to take advantage of it.

For instance, the Georgia Building Authority, which oversees facilities for agencies that don’t have in-house construction teams, controls the most state buildings but hasn’t opted to use these contracts, according to its spokesman, Paul Melvin.

“We’ve reviewed it and haven’t found a need to use it,” he said. “We really have our own projects, and we’ve been able to use federal grants to finance much of it.”

As a result, the authority’s energy use has declined each of the last seven years by a combined 41 percent for a total of $17 million saved.

Georgia Power Co. also advises building owners and offers rebates, some that the state has received for lighting improvements. Exploiting opportunities provided by the constitutional amendment is still ahead, according to company spokesman Jacob Hawkins.

“We are aware of this amendment and have been in communication with state agencies around our energy-efficiency programs and offerings,” he said. “We look forward to continuing to work with the state to help them meet their energy-efficiency goals.”

Other agencies are testing the waters. The University System of Georgia owns many hundreds of buildings at its 30 schools but is only experimenting with a handful of buildings at the University of Georgia in Athens and at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

“We are planning to get insights from this test,” said Vice Chancellor Charles Sutlive. “Depending on what we learn, there is potential for expansion to other campuses and facilities.”

UGa is in the final stages of negotiating the $2.4 million contract, its share of the test, to upgrade lighting fixtures, three chiller systems and an air conditioning system in eight buildings on the East Campus. It intends to sign a contract with Johnson Controls in which the company guarantees that the energy savings will cover the annual $381,000 loan payment for the next seven years to repay the financing of the upgrades.

The trick is to find the buildings that need updated, more efficient fixtures but are not so old that they can’t be used after the loan is repaid.

The Board of Regents demanded a seven-year payback for this initial demonstration, shorter than what other state agencies are using.

Tech’s projects are more ambitious, totaling $7 million.

Other projects in the proposal stage total $77 million for five more agencies. They have twice the payback period, which allows for a broader range of upgrades. Increasing the efficiency of lighting fixtures has a pretty quick payback because the potential savings is so great compared to the installation costs; steps such as upgraded ductwork may take years longer.

The 16 state-approved contractors that do the energy-use audits and propose solutions are drawing from years of experience, some as much as 30 years, Chris White, senior utilities program manager for the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, told the State Transportation Board Wednesday.

“This is not a newfangled way to get work. It is tried and true,” he said.

Savings of 20 to 30 percent is typical, he said.

Besides the public benefits to the environment, taxpayers and job seekers, this financing arrangement has a fourth selling point to heads of state agencies. It frees their capital for other projects.

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New energy efficiency standards for water heaters now in effect

WASHINGTON — New energy efficiency standards for water heaters issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently took effect April 16, according to a Natural Resource Defense Council Staff Blog post titled, “New Water Heating Efficiency Standards Deliver Great Savings, But There’s More to Be Done,” written by Robin Roy, NRDC’s director of Building Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Strategy.

The standards were finalized in April 2010, which gave the water heater industry time to plan and make the necessary investments needed to manufacture more efficient products, stated the blog post.

According to DOE, these new standards are forecast to net savings of up to $8.4 billion for consumers over the next 30 years, reported the blog post.

Through 2045, the blog post continued, total energy savings are a projected 2.6 quads, which is about the same amount of energy used by 15 million households a year.

“A key aspect of the new standards is that large electric water heaters (over 55 gallons) will use heat pump technology, which can cut energy use by more than 50 percent,” informs Roy in the blog post. “That’s a huge improvement — these heaters will use less than half the energy of electric resistance water heaters. Boding well for the future of efficient, economic water heating, manufacturers have also introduced heat pump water heaters in the highly popular 50-gallon size. This is great news, and holds enormous promise for energy and consumer savings beyond what DOE estimated.”

Read the entire NRDC blog post here.

Extreme blur insurance from Extreme Window Films

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Energy savings come with a good quality roof

You can save energy and money with a good quality roof, advises Reuter Roofing of Waterloo, Ontario. It’s estimated that as much as 50 per cent of your home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through an inefficient roof. Here’s what you can do about it:

If you have a poorly insulated or ineffective roof, your property might easily be receiving too much heat during the summer months, which translates into offsetting that heat with increased air conditioning. Conversely, during the winter months, an ineffective roof will let your precious heat escape. The result is a loss of energy and spiraling costs to your utility bills.

A wise response is to have your roof professionally inspected for maximum energy-savings, and then determine the course of action based on the appraisal. Energy-saving materials and measures can retain the much needed cool air in the summer and the precious warm air during the winter.

A fundamental requirement for your roof’s energy efficiency involves insulation. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) notes that insulation materials in Canada are labelled and sold with R and RSI values, which define the insulation effectiveness. The manner by which that insulation is installed also determines its effectiveness. But there’s no need for you to become an insulation expert, since a qualified roofing company will address those needs for you. The CMHC points out that the attic is often the most cost effective place to add insulation.

Solar reflective roof panels are another option for energy-efficiency, because the design of the solar reflective materials reflects the sun’s energy without absorbing the heat. This in turn reduces the property’s interior heat gain and subsequently reduces the requirement for cooling. These panels tend to be attractive, cost-effective, and functional.

If you live in the tri-city region of Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge, you can consult with Reuter Roofing; a full-service certified roofing contractor with over 20 years of experience. The company specializes in roof inspections, construction, custom designs, repairs and replacements, and more. For a proper evaluation of your roof to maximize energy efficiency and to learn everything that’s available to you to ensure the quality of your roof, contact Reuter Roofing.

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Zion CDC builds a passive solar energy home

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Alan Mitchell, interim executive director of Zion Community Development Corporation, shows early finishing stages of a new home in Oberlin. It features built-in energy savings, such as thicker walls and ceilings with extra insulation, passive solar energy, and technology that enables energy conservation. Mitchell estimates the home for a mom and two girls will be completed by early May.

Workers are finishing drywall and installing siding on a passive solar energy home as part of an affordable green housing initiative in Oberlin.

It runs on sunshine, said Alan Mitchell, interim executive director of Zion Community Development Corporation, 81 Locust St., Oberlin.

Crews broke ground on the Oberlin home at 121 Smith St. in October. It should be ready for a single mom and two girls to move in by Mothers Day, Mitchell said.

The 1,400-square-foot home features three bedrooms and two baths, he said.

Zion hopes to help build 30 energy efficient homes for low- to moderate-income families, Mitchell said.

A rehabilitation project on an older home and another new construction are planned for this year, he said.

We commissioned a study in 2009, Mitchell said. There wasnt a way to use high-energy credits.

So were partnering with the United States Department of Agriculture in a rural development program. Theyre the bank. Zion is doing the construction.

In the home, the walls and ceilings are thicker than in most wood frame construction, he said.

Zion stuffed energy savings into every possible area. For example, insulation under the pad has an R-Value of 20; in the walls, almost 40; ceiling, about 60, Mitchell said.

The R-Value measures an insulations ability to resist heat traveling through it, according to a website at The higher the R-Value, the better.

Caulking seals every place air could leak, Mitchell said. Large windows on the south side of the home allow sunshine to warm the house in the winter. Sun is blocked in the summer by a roof overhang, he said.

A tankless electric hot water system means the water is heated as its being used, so a large tank of water is not being heated while the family is away, wasting energy, Mitchell said.

The home sits on almost one acre. A student in an architecture class of Professor Joe Ferut at Kent State University designed the home, he said.

Were looking for more applicants who would like to live in Oberlin to be a part of this green initiative, Mitchell said. We hope to build at least one more like this one.

Rural Development is giving people who have had a setback during the recession a second chance.

Criteria include having a credit score above 650 and paying bills on time for at least the last 12 months, he said.

That sets the bar a little lower than a lot of our banks or mortgage brokers are looking for, Mitchell said.

Income is another factor, he said.

You can make too much money, Mitchell said. Theyre welcome to contact me by email at [email protected]

The house mortgage for $160,000 will cost $750 monthly, he said.

The median home rental in Oberlin is $820, Mitchell said. If we can move people from rentals to home ownership, hopefully we will be improving lives. Home ownership is one of the American values I hope never goes away.

Providing Oberlin With Energy Responsibility also is helping Zion with rehabilitation of available homes to green standards.

The big thing about the efficiencies in these homes, is paying less in utilities allows you to pay more on the mortgage, Mitchell said. The challenge will be providing the same impact on rehabs.

Hopefully, we can achieve some of the same outcome with the current housing stock.

BLOG: Yelp Helps

I schooled in a new roundtable contention with dealers that they don’t like Yelp. They don’t like that we can compensate people to write good reviews for your association to get a aloft ranking. They don’t like that a aspirant down a travel can poise as a customer, write a bad examination in a matter of seconds and potentially taint your reputation. But as we schooled a day before this seminar, people use Yelp for help, so don’t write off this use only yet.

As publisher for DWM Magazine, a sister announcement to Window Film magazine, we classify Fenestration Day any year. Fenestration Day brings together doorway and window manufacturers and dealers for corner educational sessions as good as particular sessions tailored to those groups. At this year’s event, we listened in on this Yelp panel. In further to portion as publisher for DWM Magazine, we also offer as editorial executive for Window Film magazine, and so we wanted to share my thoughts with you.

Let me share my story, that occurred a day before this play eventuality was hold during Fenestration Day in Irvine, Calif., on Mar 19.

First, we am not a savviest chairman when it comes to apps—I have only adequate to get by. But when my 14-year-old daughter kept bugging me for a trenchant (the cartilage on her ear), we enlisted a assistance of amicable media. My story might only make we consider twice about these online examination services.

So she had been bugging me for months and we kept observant we would demeanour into it. Literally, each day she asked me if we had. When she asked me a night before we left for Fenestration Day, we said, “No, we haven’t. I’ve been bustling formulation this event, working, doing laundry, so no, we haven’t researched it yet.” She pronounced okay, off she went and afterwards my shame kicked into overdrive. So when we was safely during a airfield a subsequent day with some time to kill, off we went on my search. First, we started with a Facebook post.

“Ok assistance indispensable from Facebook friends. My daughter has been bugging me to get her cartilage on her ear pierced and we can’t put her off anymore. we consider we flattering most motionless we am going to let her do it so pronounce now if we have any fear stories to share. So we theory my vital doubt is if anyone has finished this or has kids who have finished it, do we go to someplace like Icing (at a mall that one crony recommended) or brave we contend it do we take her to a tattoo and trenchant place. If we go a latter track we would really need some plain recommendations. So there we have it. Feedback appreciated.”

The comments flooded in, and we schooled that half a people who have finished this got infections (I don’t’ even wish to know what cauliflower ear is, though apparently my niece had it), and a other half who endorsed it pronounced go to a tattoo/piercing establishment. One Facebook crony even told me to go to her brother-in-law in Fredericksburg, Va. So off we went to Yelp to check out this investiture and schooled that Jeremiah during Golden Monkey Tattoo is indeed a place to go if we ensue with a piercings. His reviews were stellar.

So, bottom line: My preference was finalized after Yelping for help. So before we bonus online examination sites, take your business shawl off and put your consumer shawl on, and we might find yourself with a whole new perspective.

New Water Heating Efficiency Standards Deliver Great Savings, But There’s …

For those of us working toward smarter, cleaner, cheaper water heating for households, there’s a lot happening in Washington, D.C. With about 15 percent of U.S. household energy use going to heat the water we use to wash dishes and take showers, even small improvements make a big difference.

First, new energy efficiency standards for water heaters issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) take effect Thursday (April 16). These standards were finalized in April 2010, giving the water heater industry time to plan and make necessary investments to manufacture the more efficient versions as of April 16. DOE estimates that these new standards will net consumers savings of up to $8.4 billion over the next 30 years. Total energy savings through 2045 are an estimated 2.6 quads, about as much energy as used by 15 million households annually. NRDC is a longstanding and strong supporter of federal energy efficiency standards, and had pushed for these standards to be adopted. It’s good to see them go into effect.

A key aspect of the new standards is that large electric water heaters (over 55 gallons) will use heat pump technology, which can cut energy use by more than 50 percent. That’s a huge improvement – these heaters will use less than half the energy of electric resistance water heaters. Boding well for the future of efficient, economic water heating, manufacturers have also introduced heat pump water heaters in the highly popular 50-gallon size. This is great news, and holds enormous promise for energy and consumer savings beyond what DOE estimated.

Second, with strong bipartisan support, the U.S. Senate recently passed S. 535 Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 introduced by Senators Portman (OH) and Shaheen (NH), including a provision to exempt “grid-enabled water heaters” from the federal energy efficiency standards for large water heaters. These are large electric resistance water heaters with communication and control capability that allow them to be used as low-cost thermal batteries in an energy storage or demand response program (demand response involves consumers temporarily changing their normal consumption in response to pricing or incentives at times of high wholesale electricity costs or reliability concerns). This can make the electricity system more flexible and ready to use renewable generation with variable output, like wind and solar. Smart grid-responsive water heaters present a promising possibility for a more efficient, more economic, and ultimately lower-emissions electricity system, even if they are less efficient individually. There’s much more to be learned about the possible role of smart water heaters and the trade-offs between system and component efficiency, and the legislation we support would foster much better understanding.

I had the pleasure of testifying in favor of water heater legislation a few weeks ago before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Power. The House of Representatives passed legislation similar to S. 535 in 2014 with overwhelming bipartisan support. Hopefully, the House will once again pass legislation in the current Congress, and grid-enabled water heaters will have a clear path forward to the president’s desk. So the good news is we’re making progress, although there’s no date set yet for House action.

NRDC has only rarely supported exemptions from standards, but here we explored the opportunities that grid-enabled water heaters may offer for environmental and consumer benefit, found the case persuasive, and worked intensively with manufacturers, utilities, and other efficiency and environmental organizations to develop legislation that would deliver on the opportunity while not undermining the benefits of the new water heater efficiency standards. Importantly, the legislation is carefully designed to make sure that these water heaters are actually used in a demand response or energy storage program, and not a loophole to avoid the efficiency standards. Typically, legislation isn’t required to carve out a sensible exemption; DOE has the authority to adopt a waiver on its own. Here, however, DOE recently inexplicably decided to withdraw its own 2013 proposal for a waiver process for grid-enabled water heaters – an idea that manufacturers, utilities, and NRDC had all supported – making legislation necessary.

Looking ahead, we’ll continue to support the legislation on grid-enabled water heaters until it is enacted, and continue to promote smart, economic water heating of all types, including heat pump water heaters of all sizes.

And of course we’ll continue our longstanding work on great energy standards that deliver environmental and consumer benefits on a wide range of appliances.

SolarCity to give Nest thermostats to 10000 new customers in California

Smart thermostat maker Nest has plenty of experience helping utilities manage peak demand through its Rush Hour Rewards program, which involves pre-cooling participating homes in anticipation of an energy rush hour and throttling AC usage during such a period. This spares the utility company the high cost associated with bringing additional power plants online while earning the user a sweet reward. Nest now intends to wield similar magic on the generation side of the energy equation.

Rooftop solar installer SolarCity announced a partnership with Nest today in which it will give away 10,000 Nest Learning Thermostats to select, new customers in California. The campaign, announced in a blog post, requires that the customer have Nest-compatible central air-conditioning units.

It is pertinent to note here that Google has invested more than $580 million in SolarCity over the last five years, with the latest investment coming as recently as February.

SolarCity says its Nest partnership is aimed at helping users of its photovoltaic systems maximize energy savings, and will ultimately usher in an era where “SolarCity can regulate the home’s air conditioner, pool pump and other appliances based on the availability of inexpensive, clean solar power.”

The company outlined a scenario in which the Nest automatically shuts off the AC while you’re at work, and begins pre-cooling the home using power from the PV array just as you’re about to return. The idea is that this entire solar energy-based pre-cooling exercise will lessen your dependence on the grid during evenings—when demand peaks, but the PV system is offline—and deliver maximum energy savings.

Why this matters: The two companies are hinting that we could see much tighter integration between PV systems and smart-home products as a result of this partnership. That’s why it appears to be a win-win situation for everyone involved: Sun City, Google, and and their customers.

“This initial deployment will be the distributed project in the U.S. where we learn and implement new standards for what’s possible and what is in the shared interests of customers, solar companies, utilities, and the grid,” Nest Energy Products Director Ben Bixby told Utility Drive.

Powering energy savings

RWE Npower, a UK-based energy supplier, has acquired South Wales University spinout RUMM for an undisclosed amount.

RUMM uses analytical systems to allow companies in the manufacturing and utility sectors to make savings on their energy usage. RWE believes, with their help, RUMM’s system could save British businesses up to $4bn ($5.9bn) on their annual energy bills.

Paul Massara, chief executive of RWE npower, said: “RUMM’s technology is truly innovative, giving businesses the tools they need to make significant savings on the bottom line. This deal represents an important investment in both our energy solutions business and the thriving South Wales tech community.”

Since it was established in 2005, RUMM has saved over £43m for its customers. Its software captures a business’s energy usage information every half an hour to identify trends and potential efficiency savings.

Stephen Lloyd, chairman and co-founder of RUMM, said: “Being part of RWE npower represents a huge opportunity for RUMM. npower Business Solutions wants to provide the best possible energy management for its customers and RUMM has the capability to help deliver this.”

The South Wales University was formerly known as Glamorgan University. 

Bidders vie for Harrisburg School District phase two of energy-efficiency project

Costs for the basic work needed to finish Harrisburg School District’s energy-efficiency project range from $4.3 million to $5.3 million, under proposals submitted by three contractors vying for the job.

Expand the plans with additional improvements to HVAC and lighting systems, and costs could reach $8.4 million. The three contractors seeking the job presented their proposals to the Harrisburg School Board’s Budget, Finance, and Facilities Committee Monday night.

The district is making energy-efficiency improvements meant to pay for themselves in savings, under the state Guaranteed Energy Savings Act. In the first, $1.7 million phase, contractor Siemens made initial upgrades and audited district air and lighting systems.

But the district opened phase two to competitive bidders in the wake of Siemens’ acknowledged misstatements about school-building air quality, and the absence of minority- and women-owned businesses as subcontractors in phase one.

The district will self-finance phase two with about $5 million earmarked from general funds, said Chief Recovery Officer Gene Veno.

On Monday, the three contractors presented phase-two proposals, in basic and souped-up alternate versions, that promised higher savings than costs over 15 years.

The school district’s project consultant, Phillip H. Mowry, calculated costs and savings for each scenario that differed somewhat from the contractors’ projections:

  • Johnson Controls, the Milwaukee-based global giant with a Harrisburg office, $4.95 million in costs to save $5.8 million for the basic plan, and $5.9 million to save $5.6 million in its alternate plan.
  • McClure Co., a PPL Energy Services subsidiary based in Harrisburg, $4.3 million in costs to save $3.8 million for the basic plan, and up to $8.4 million to save $4.5 million to $6 million under three alternate plans.
  • CM3 Building Solutions, Fort Washington, $5.3 million in costs to save $5.9 million for the basic plan, and $7.5 million to save $9 million in its alternate plan.

Savings could also be affected by PPL energy-efficiency rebates, Mowry said.

Basic tasks include upgrading interior and exterior lighting, installing motion sensor lighting, replacing chillers in some buildings, and updating balky controls that have led to complaints of excessive heat and cold in some buildings.

All bidders said they would meet the project’s goal of hiring 20 percent minority- and women-owned business enterprises, or MWBEs. Johnson Controls and McClure Co. pointed to previous projects with strong MWBE participation. CM3 doesn’t have local contacts among minority- and women-owned businesses but would reach out to the state and local organizations for leads, said Vice President John Hollister.

Committee Chairman James Thompson said he heard “a lot of warm and fuzzy stuff but not too many details” on the bidders’ MWBE hiring plans. The committee has also heard from three diversity hiring consultants — Levy Levy, Bethlehem; Contracting Consulting Services, Harrisburg; and Pro Rank Business Solutions, Wilmington — hoping to be tapped to work with the winning contractor on MWBE outreach and hiring.

The BFF Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 28 to continue reviewing the phase-two bids. Board President Jennifer Smallwood said she could call a special board meeting to choose a contractor in time for work to start during the summer break.