SRP helps homeowners check for energy efficiency

Glendale’s Carl Jordan purchased his 2,250-square-foot home in 1976 with wife Nancy, and they successfully raised two sons there.

In July 2014, he called his utility company, SRP, to request a Home Performance with Energy Star checkup to see if it was equally successful in energy savings.

He learned from the checkup what he already knew: The house was super inefficient.

“The house is masonry construction with only two inches of insulation in the walls, and the attic insulation is inadequate as well,” he said.

Also in the West Valley, Samantha Solis and her family have lived in their 3,783-square-foot Laveen home for four years. She requested an audit in May 2014 for her then nine-year-old home.

Solis’ sister had had her home audited and recommended that she do this, too.

“Her home is more than 50 years old and was found to have multiple problems, wasting a massive amount of energy,” she said.

A wary consumer, she was defensive from the start.

“I did so expecting that the company was only interested in upselling me on services I didn’t need,” she said. “However, the service I received was beyond my expectations.”

Since late 2011, SRP has offered the Home Performance with Energy Star checkups to help homeowners make money-savings performance-based energy decisions. Approximately 3,000-4,000 audits are now done annually.

After completing an initial interview to learn more about your energy behaviors and habits, the auditor performs a full home assessment, including a blower door test to check air leakage into the home and out, said Terry Rother, SRP senior analyst for Product Development.

These assessments are conducted by independent Building Performance Institute-certified contractors, who meet SRP program requirements.

The test also includes insulation effectiveness; heating, ventilation and air-conditioning performance; air-duct leakage and restrictions; construction integrity issues; ceilings; and other “hot-spot” areas.

“After completing an in-depth inspection, the contractor will provide upgrade recommendations and break down potential savings,” Rother said. “If improvements are selected, your contractor can perform the work and help you receive available and eligible rebates and financing offers to offset costs.”

The total for testing, with an SRP rebate, is $99: Compare this with home audits costing between $500-$700. As part of the program, homeowners receive five LED light bulbs, one water-saving, low-flow shower head and one water-savings toilet tank bank. You must be an SRP residential electric customer to qualify.

“The testing lets customers know how their home is performing, areas that can be addressed to improve the home’s performance,” Rother said.

Each customer receives a report in which the contractor has modeled the home in a computer simulation, providing a fairly accurate estimate of the potential savings.

The auditor will suggest low-cost/no-cost solutions to help you save money, such as setting a programmable thermostats to take advantage of various SRP time-of-day price plans.

In the first four years of the program, SRP and its certified auditors have seen many examples of improper installation of insulation, missing insulation, disconnected and constricted air ducts and improper air sealing.

“Most homeowners believe that as long as there is insulation in the attic, their house is insulated, but if the insulation isn’t in 100-percent contact with the surface (usually the drywall) and there are gaps or voids, the insulation will not perform as intended,” Rother said.

Savings vary by homeowner and which measures are selected to improve energy performance.

At Carl Jordan’s home, his contractor first provided a quote to complete the items that needed to be done to improve the home’s efficiency. The company then spent two weeks evaluating and improving areas suggested by the audit.

“Much of the work was spent in the 140-degree attic before they sprayed the attic with additional insulation,” he said. “They worked pretty much every work day for 7−8 hours.”

The skeptical Solis heard from her auditor that her house was well built and there was little that he would need to recommend.

“This was a pleasant surprise,” she said. “When a repair man shows up at your home, how often do they say ‘Everything looks pretty good, there’s very little for me to do here’?”

He did suggest sun screens for her windows and an AC system that would allow her to temperature control each of her rooms separately.

“While I have not made these upgrades yet,” she said, “they are something I am considering in the future.”

Those interested in an audit can go online to savewithsrp.com to complete a free online home energy audit, clicking under the DIY caption on the Home Energy Audit tab to see if an in-home checkup may be of help.

PremiumShield to Exhibit PPF during WFCT 2015

Paint Protection Film retailer PremiumShield, has sealed on to be a Sponsor of a 2015 International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ (WFCT). The eventuality is set to be hold Sep 30 – Oct 2 during a award-winning Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and Reno-Sparks Convention Center and will embody educational seminars, an muster gymnasium and a attendee-favorite Tint-Off™ competitions.

During a conference, attendees will be means to take partial in educational seminars by attention leaders and consultant speakers, network on a uncover building with window film and paint insurance film manufacturers and suppliers, as good as perspective 3 Tint-Off divisions.

We spoke with Jamie Werner, sales manager, on what PremiumShield will be charity on a uncover floor.

WFM: What products and/or services will your association be displaying in a counter over this three-day show?

JW: We will be displaying PremiumShield and PremiumShield Elite paint insurance film.

PremiumShield

PremiumShield is a strong, optically transparent aliphatic urethane formed aspect insurance film mixing glorious effervescent properties and visual clarity with a high shear and hook semi-permanent acrylic adhesive. PremiumShield carries a 5 year guaranty opposite crazing, cracking, effervescent and yellowing. PremiumShield is charity in a customary 8.0 Mil version.

PremiumShield Elite

PremiumShield Elite offers a same properties as a customary product though with a combined advantage of an additional topcoat covering of insurance to yield an attention heading insurgency to acids, abrasives and solvents – progressing a aspect of a product for longer with reduction unchanging maintenance. Elite’s topcoat is an attention personality in mark resistance. PremiumShield Elite comes with a lifetime warranty.

WFM: What finished we confirm to Sponsor a 2015 International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™?

JW: This is a third year during a International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off. Given a fact that PremiumShield has been used in a competition, it’s usually healthy for us to unite a event.

WFM: Why is a uncover critical to a window film industry?

JW: The WFCT has remade into a height for a automotive film attention rather than usually potion specific. Therefore it’s non-stop a incomparable window for those in this space to share and plead ways to enhance services and opportunities that weren’t accessible before. It’s also joining attention leaders with one another so that improved discourse can be communicated for a attention growth.

WFM: Does your association have any recommendations for a Tint-Off competitors?

JW: I suggest holding adult as most time as indispensable to get a pursuit finished right. Quality comes first, even in a competition. Focus on yourself since that’s a usually cause we can control. 

WFM: Will your association offer any specials during a show?

JW: PremiumShield will be charity giveaway entrance to a demo settlement module call PremiumShield Cut Studio. We will also be induction attendees for some giveaway samples and kits of a latest product, PremiumShield Elite.

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Winners of 2015 Energy Awards

The winners of the 2015 Energy Awards were announced this week with strong competition from a number of private sector companies and the public sector.

The awards recognise the achievements of local private and public sector organisations in making improvements to their energy efficiency and reducing their energy consumption and associated costs.

Tony Wild MLC, the Department’s Political Member with responsibility for Energy commented:

‘I would like to congratulate this year’s winners who have all demonstrated significant energy savings over the course of the past year. These organisations are helping to support the Government’s energy policy for the Isle of Man which aims to secure the efficient use of affordable energy and to minimise the impact of our energy use on the environment.’

This year, awards were presented for Best Innovation, Best Practice and Biggest Savings with public sector and private sector organisations each having their own category in respect of these.

The organisation demonstrating the biggest saving in the private sector was SNX Ltd for Bay View Farm, with an estimated £80,000 saving after installing two wind turbines.

Steve Brown, Managing Director of SNX, commented:

‘To receive another two outright wins and two High Commendations against such strong contenders across all the categories is immensely satisfying and vindicates our efforts in bringing the very best technologies and methodologies to the Isle of Man.’

The Best Practice award went to Knockaloe Beg Farm who have consistently worked towards energy saving and environmentally sustainable tourist accommodation over the past 8 years.

The award for Best Innovation was given to the Salmon Centre and Ballacregga Cornmill Tea Rooms following the installation of a water source heat pump using the adjacent lake as the energy source.

Among the Public Sector winners were the Isle of Man Ship Registry and the Department of Infrastructure.

The Isle of Man Ship Registry won the award for Biggest Saving, through the introduction of the Green Ship Incentive Scheme which rewards shipping companies who adopt energy efficient designs.

David Morter, Deputy Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry, commented:

‘We were delighted to win this award. The International Maritime Organisation has stipulated that all new vessels must be more energy efficient. Our scheme is simple – build or operate a vessel that exceeds the current applicable standards and we will discount your registration fees.’

The Department of Infrastructure was awarded the Best Practice (partnering with SNX Ltd) and Best Innovation awards following their work on air tightness and thermography testing on social houses and the pilot passive houses scheme at Janet’s Corner in Castletown.

Photo- left to right, back to front – Kewin Kerruish – Swagelok, Dr Ken Milne – Department of Economic Development, Steve Brown – SNX Ltd, Fiona Anderson – Knockaloe Beg Farm, Alan Clague – Salmon Centre, Deborah Reeve – Department of Infrastructure, Ged McCarten- Department of Infrastructure, James Vickers – Complete Construction Services Ltd, John Payne – Department of Infrastructure, Dave Morter – Isle of Man Ship Registry, Tony Wild MLC.

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Delmarva Power asks customers to conserve energy on Thursday, July 30 as high temperatures are forecasted for the region. Power supply in the region is expected to be sufficient to meet anticipated high demand.

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      Scorpion Window Film to Sponsor a 2015 International Window Film Conference …

      Window film retailer Scorpion Window Film, has sealed on to be a Sponsor of a 2015 International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ (WFCT). The eventuality is set to be hold Sep 30 – Oct 2 during a award-winning Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and Reno-Sparks Convention Center and will embody educational seminars, an muster gymnasium and a attendee-favorite Tint-Off™ competitions.

      During a conference, attendees will be means to take partial in educational seminars by attention leaders and consultant speakers, network on a uncover building with window film and paint insurance film manufacturers and suppliers, as good as perspective 3 Tint-Off divisions.

      We spoke with Josh Buis, arch handling officer, on what Scorpion will be charity on a uncover floor.

      WFM: What products and/or services will your association be displaying in a counter over this three-day show?

      JB: Scorpion Window Film will be displaying a full line of films: Automotive, Commercial/Residential and Paint Protection.

      WFM: What done we confirm to Sponsor a 2015 International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™?

      JB: The International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off brings a best installers from all opposite a world. The eventuality is a good approach for Scorpion Window Film to arrangement what it has to offer for any and each competitor and attendee.

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      Clinton School Board approves staff pay increases, listens to energy savings …

      By Mary Ann Inman

      Reporter

      CLINTON – The Clinton Community District School Board met at the Clinton High School on Monday, July 20, 7 p.m.

      Board Members present were: Dustin Esselman, Gary Gilbank, Jill Gunderson, Ken Luety, Craig Ostrander, and Evelyn Propp. Tom Howard was absent. Administrator Dr. Randy Refsland and Business Manager Jeffery Walker were present.

      Several educators (including Frank Crivello and Hildegard Kopp) and citizens were present. Representatives from Honeywell Energy Service Group attended and presented.

      After the regular opening the board approved agenda corrections and minutes, expenditures and receipts, and employment changes.

      Then the Honeywell Energy Service Group Representatives presented a proposal. The proposed review of energy savings potentials if accepted will cost the district $31,000 for all three buildings.

      Implementation of energy savings projects will cost between $500,000 to $1,000,000 depending on choices made by administration and the board.

      The project (up to 20 year payback) will be self-funded through energy savings because estimated savings need to be guaranteed by law as required by ACT 32.

      Therefore, study estimates will be lower than actually expected. The representatives estimated an annual savings of between $58,000 and $97,000.

      The focus on energy savings will be at the high school. The company cited an example: replacement of lighting with LED at CHS will be substantial savings realized immediately while replacement of the boiler at CES will not be returned during the lifetime of the building itself. Keeping the newest building from declining is important to avoid reaching the conditions now apparent at CES and CMS.

      The company’s review of CES and CMS should show energy savings payback in 5-7 years is not possible for many items and help as supporting data for a new building referendum.

      The hours invested by the company, thus far, looking at conditions and potential savings with CCSD Grounds and Transportation Director Bob Butler and Administrator Dr. Refsland have been done at no charge. The proposal needs more discussion before action.

      Then the Board was presented with second readings of numerous policies and procedures to review.

      Next the School Board approved support staff and administrative pay increases as presented. Craig Ostrander abstained from the vote.

      A substitute teacher pay increase at 2 percent was approved unanimously.

      A retirement language change was presented due to legal counsel recommendations. The early retirement HRA (after implementation) has been determined to be taxable and includes a surcharge, which is not what retirees or administration expected. The new language includes allowances to offset the costs for retiree’s unexpected charges.

      Dustin Esselman suggested looking at choices between HRA and the 402 plan. After a discussion the board voted in favor of the HRA language change as presented with Esselman voting no.

      Dr. Refsland reported MECAS negotiations were going well and gave an update on National Night Out planning.

      Dr. Refsland noted that basically all of the planning is being done by the Village Police Department, Village Public Works Department, and Rock County Sheriff Department.

      The School District will provide event restroom facilities in the CHS building, radios, and two grounds and building staff members (adding bad weather could be a factor). Over 2000 people are expected to attend.

      The meeting was adjourned at about 8:20 p.m. without closed session.

      Kettering City Schools achieves 15 percent higher savings than anticipated on …

      Kettering City Schools

      TIPP CITY, Ohio, July 29, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Just one year after Kettering City Schools partnered with Energy Optimizers, USA, on a project to improve energy efficiency across the district, the savings are coming in 15 percent higher than expected.

      In June of 2014, the district wrapped up a project to improve overall energy usage at all of its buildings. The district expected to achieve $240,832 in utility savings annually, with a 10-year payback for the $2.4 million contract. By the end of June of 2015, however, the district achieved a savings of $317,862. The savings are normalized, or adjusted to account for outliers in weather conditions and costs.

      “Our district has long been proactive in its efforts to lower utility bills through improved energy conservation,” said Ken Lackey, director of business services for Kettering City Schools. “The project we undertook with Energy Optimizers, USA, was clearly a step in the right direction. We are pleased to see better than expected gains, which translates into greater savings for our taxpayers. Not only are we improving our indoor environment with more energy efficient equipment and programming, we are also improving our bottom line.”

      The project included:
      * Replacement of interior and exterior lighting with more energy-efficient lamps.
      * Enhancements to the building’s temperature controls and installation of advanced energy management programming to improve energy conservation.
      * Controls commissioning to ensure HVAC equipment is operating as intended.
      * A truck and bus automated block heater system to improve energy conservation.

      Funding was provided through the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s House Bill 264 (HB 264) program, enabling the district to make these cost-cutting improvements at no expense to taxpayers. Under the HB 264 program, the energy savings cover the cost of the financing used to fund the projects.

      State Representative Jim Butler lauded the district’s ongoing strides to conserve taxpayer dollars.

      “Kettering City Schools has long been a leader in both educational achievement and financial stewardship,” Butler said. “This is just one more example of their drive to invest their efforts in smart, sustainable strategies that position the district for long-term fiscal health.”

      Bob Hausmann, chief operating officer for Energy Optimizers, USA, agreed.

      “This is a great success story for Kettering City Schools, one that really benefits the entire community,” Hausmann said. “Improving energy efficiency is one of the wisest investments that school districts can make, particularly when they use HB 264 dollars. The return on investment alone allows for more dollars to be spent in the classroom, rather than paying for utility bills.”

      About Energy Optimizers, USA:

      Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. The company is ranked in the Top 500 of INC. Magazine’s list of 5,000 fastest growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a BBB Eclipse Integrity Award Finalist (2012).

      To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com/ or call them at (937) 877-1919.

      Twitter: @EoptimizeUSA

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      Pro Tint and More Offers Top-Notch Window Tinting

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      Pictured is Michael Hubbard’s lorry with new coloured windows.

      In this summer heat, many dismay removing in a automobile to expostulate anywhere. There’s no need to fret.

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      Michael Hubbard is a owners of Pro Tint and More in Oxford.

      Hubbard pronounced he doesn’t usually stain cars, however. They also do blurb residential tinting for businesses and homes.

      Of course, tinting isn’t a usually thing Pro Tint has to offer.

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      Hubbard pronounced they also sequence a whole array of bed covers, and they specialize in some tradition applications as well.

      “Window tinting is a categorical goal. It’s what we started in,” Hubbard said. “We only changed into all accessories.”

      Hubbard pronounced he hopes to be means to do some-more with automobile stereo apparatus in a destiny as he looks to enhance his business.

      A customer's jeep with a new lift kit.

      A customer’s jeep with a new lift kit.

      “We do a small bit of automobile stereo apparatus now, though only not a good large deal,” Hubbard said.

      For anyone prepared to accessorize a automobile for a summer, Pro Tint and More is a place to do it.

      “I’d be blissful to have your business,” Hubbard said. “Come see us.”

      Pro Tint and More is located during 4 CR 1014. You can strech them by phone during 662-578-3233 or check out their Facebook page.


      Randall Haley is amicable media editor and staff author for HottyToddy.com. Email her during [email protected]

      Mile Hi wins energy savings award

      Mile Hi wins energy savings award


      by Laurie Gorton

      Mile Hi Bakery received the 2014 Energy Design Assistance Achievement Award from its utility vendor for saving energy and cutting carbon dioxide.

      The award comes from Xcel Energy, the Minneapolis-based electric and natural gas company that serves Denver. The bakery accepted the honor during Xcel’s 2015 Energy Efficiency Expo at Denver’s Sports Authority Field on April 14.

      Now in full operation for more than a year, the new bakery saved 2,827,044 kilowatt hours (kWh) on its energy use and accomplished a carbon dioxide reduction of 1,607 tons during 2014.

      When Mile Hi owners Tony Taddonio, chief executive officer, and Kristy Taddonio Mullins, president, decided to create a new bakery to handle the company’s growing food service business, they chose a brownfield site, a former beer distributor’s warehouse adjacent to Mile Hi’s existing campus. Making the new bakery as environmentally sustainable as possible, they put LEED Gold Certification at the top of their priority list.

      Energy usage played a key role in accomplishing this goal. Mile Hi’s new plant team, led by bakery directors Bryan Sanchez and Paul Chan, worked with Xcel on several energy usage projects. One of these was implementation of an interruptible service option credit program. Another involved an energy consultation that rated the new facility.

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      BOCA RATON, Fla., July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Tint World®, a heading automobile appendage and window tinting franchise, has strictly announced a opening of a Duluth, Georgia location. Owned and operated by courtesy veteran, Eddie Kim, a Automotive Styling Center™ will yield area residents with car customization services including window tinting, lighting, extraneous protection, audio and mobile wiring installations, and more.

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      “I’ve been in a tinting courtesy for decades and have worked all around a nation, from Orange County to Alabama and now Georgia,” pronounced Kim. “While we’ve usually been non-stop a few weeks now, a business is flourishing fast, with full-time installers and an expanding patron base. We wish to grow to turn a multi-store authorization to improved offer other Georgia communities within a year.”  

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      New Premier Window Tint Company Opens Doors In San Diego

      The new family owned business, San Diego Window Tinting Company, has recently non-stop their doors for business, privately catering to their internal customers. The association provides their customized tinting services tailored to particular needs by appointment only, that can be requisitioned by their website during http://www.sandiegotint.net/.

      The new association has betrothed to offer a rival cost to peculiarity ratio on window tinting in San Diego. The association spokesperson, John, said, “We customarily use high peculiarity stain and will advise we on that stain to get.” He serve explained a purpose of their service, “Tinted windows will assistance keep a temperatures in your automobile comfortable, and will yield we with an additional covering of privacy.”

      The routine involves focus of a skinny covering of coloured film to a automobile and delicately contoured to a figure of a window. This reduces a volume of UV light from entering a car. “Since UV rays are obliged for vanishing fabrics,” elaborated John, “a low emissivity cloaking will also keep your automobile seats looking as good as new.” The rebate of object light keeps a automobile comparatively cold depending on a volume of stain that is practical to a windows. The association offers a operation of tints to a business to support to opposite preferences, “Tint film can operation from 5% to 70%, customarily a reduce a commission a darker a window stain is.”

      John has also cautioned opposite attempting to stain windows during home, “Many automobile owners find it roughly unfit to request a cloaking so that it is totally fold and atmosphere burble free.” If finished incorrectly, a risk of a film bark off a window also increases. “If we can means it, it is distant improved to use a veteran service,” John advised.

      Although a association is new in providing window tinting in San Diego, it has perceived indebtedness for a work they carried out. “Great job, affordable, accessible and clean,” reviewed one customer. “I wish some-more businesses were like this one, good job.” This has led a association to be some-more interactive in joining with their business on their amicable media channels.

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      Less Time Delay with LEDs Promises More Savings

      July 27, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

      LEDCurrent building codes require specified time delays before occupancy sensors turn off or dim the lights in an unoccupied space. And while shorter delays save energy, constantly switching lights on and off can shorten the lifespan of a fluorescent lamp, according to a blog posting on the Lighting Controls Association website.

      This could change with the uptake of more LEDs, which do not suffer a reduction in lifespan due to frequent switching.

      The National Research Council Canada (NRC) conducted a study to determine the ideal timing of office lighting controls, to save energy but avoid the nuisance of false triggering that leaves occupants in the dark. In one scenario, multiple workstations were fitted with dedicated occupancy sensors. Time delays were set at five different intervals.

      NRC evaluated energy savings, compared against the traditional approach of centrally controlling all luminaires via scheduled ON/OFF, with the lights operating the full 12 hours. NRC found:

      • Scenario 1 (30 minutes), 22% energy savings
      • Scenario 2 (20 minutes), 26.4% energy savings
      • Scenario 3 (10 minutes), 31.9% energy savings
      • Scenario 4 (1 minute), 45.8% energy savings
      • Scenario 5 (0 minutes), 48.6% energy savings

      NRC concluded the 10-minute delay made the most sense, but added that a detailed cost analysis and human factors’ study of the acceptance of this frequency of switching are needed before application in a commercial building, according to the Lighting Controls Association blog.

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      VSD control halves the energy used by vacuum pumps

      VSD control halves the energy used by vacuum pumps

      27 July, 2015

      Atlas Copco has developed a range of VSD-controlled vacuum pumps that, it claims, will deliver average energy savings of 50% compared to conventional fixed-speed oil-sealed and dry vane vacuum pumps, as well as achieving “best-in-class” noise levels and oil retention. The company says that the development represents “a quantum leap in rough vacuum” which could result in payback periods of a few months in some applications.

      Atlas Copco has spent four years developing the GHS 350-900 VSD+ oil-sealed, rotary screw vacuum pumps ­– including more than 35,000 hours of field trials. The VSD control adapts the vacuum generation to the demands of the process it is supplying. In many applications, it allows the use of a motor one frame size smaller than usual. This, combined with the motors’ IE3 efficiency ratings, contributes to the energy savings.

      The vacuum pumps are designed to generate nominal displacements of up to 900m3/h. The initial models are using Yaskawa inverters, but Atlas Copco is planning to use its own drives in larger models that will be launched later. It might also use its own high-efficiency permanent magnet motors in later versions.

      Another energy-saving feature is a patented inlet control valve that provides modulating vacuum control in conjunction with the VSD.

      At present, many industrial vacuum pumps are controlled simply by switching them on and off. But there are limits on how often their motors can be switched, and the repeated switching can place strains on components such as couplings and vanes, which can delaminate. Users and OEMs therefore often set wide pressure bands for switching their vacuum pumps, thus wasting energy.

      The new vacuum pumps share components and technologies with Atlas Copco’s VSD-controlled compressors, including electronic monitoring systems. They are being built in the same factory in Belgium and have been designed to have similar servicing intervals, so can be serviced at the same time. Research shows that about 75% of industrial compressor users also use vacuum pumps – usually, inefficient fixed-speed types ­– while almost all vacuum pump users also need compressors.

      The VSD-controlled vacuum pumps are aimed at the “rough vacuum” applications where, at present, around 75% of users rely on oil-injected technology.

      Rough vacuum covers relatively low-vacuum industrial applications such as lifting, handling, forming, shaping, vacuum packing, cooling, freeze drying, conveying and pick-and-place. Atlas Copco also serves the market for higher-vacuum applications using pumps made by its UK subsidiary Edwards, which it bought for $1.6bn in 2013.

      The new pumps suck the oil around the circuit rather than pumping it which, Atlas Copco says, makes them more reliable. The company claims that the pumps retain oil more effectively than rival systems, reducing the risk of oil spills and resulting in a cleaner working environment.  The air that they discharge is also said to be of a higher quality than usual.


      Going ‘green’ pays off for Maroon

      STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Six months after completing a massive energy savings program, Mississippi State administrators say going green is paying dividends for the maroon.

      Much of the work focused on replacing old lighting with new LED systems that use less energy, last longer and provide better lighting.

      J.D. Hardy, associate director of engineering services, said the university in January finished a two-phase, multi-million dollar effort to replace T12 fluorescent lighting with more efficient light-emitting diode (LED) technology in 22 central-campus buildings.

      The new LED lighting infrastructure is expected to last more than 15 years, Hardy said, providing energy savings on a continuing basis.

      Selection of campus facilities for upgrades was based on the age of existing technology and how much savings LED upgrades could generate. The project included diverse spaces that ranged from classrooms and residence halls to athletic facilities. Two of the larger ones, Wise Center and Mitchell Memorial Library, made up almost 32 percent of the total upgraded square footage.

      MSU selected SmartWatt Energy from among 10 proposals to complete the work that began in 2013.

      New federal regulations are requiring most older lighting systems to be phased out and the project puts MSU ahead of those mandates

      Hardy estimates that MSU still requires $7.5 million in upgrades for 2.5 million more square feet — or 40-50 more buildings — to totally transition the main campus to an LED system. How soon that is done depends on funding availability and priorities.

      Missouri energy efficiency law should be revisited, experts say

      In a poker game where the stakes are efficiency rebates underpinning the broadest energy savings program ever pursued in the St. Louis region, utility regulators have to decide who’s bluffing.

      Some believe Ameren Missouri is suggesting it might fold and let an almost three-year-old efficiency program lapse at the end of 2015 if regulators don’t approve a plan it favors. After all, it is under no legal obligation to sign up for a program that asks it to help customers buy less of its product — electricity — if it doesn’t want to.

      “As I understand the interpretation of the (Missouri) statute, ultimately the utility gets to decide whether they can implement that plan,” Lynn Barnes, Ameren Missouri’s controller and vice president of business planning told the Missouri Public Service Commission in hearings on the plan last week. “So I think we do have the last word.”

      But to listen to Missouri’s consumer advocate tell it, there’s plenty of money in the pot to keep Ameren Missouri playing the energy efficiency game, even if the PSC makes some changes the utility doesn’t like.

      “I don’t think they’ll walk away,” Geoff Marke, an economist with the Missouri Office of Public Counsel, told the PSC. “I think there’s too much money here.”

      Some states, such as Illinois, require utilities to meet energy savings goals, but Missouri’s state law is voluntary. It’s set up to convince utilities to participate by covering program costs and lost revenue while dangling the prospect of a profit, all recouped as charges on monthly electric bills. The $6 per month paid by the average household covers programs such as cash rebates for old appliances, discounted light bulbs at retailers and more extensive building retrofitting for businesses.

      But going forward, the public counsel, PSC and some other groups want audits to ensure customers aren’t overbilled by the utility when it collects revenue lost by promoting energy savings. The public counsel says it already has collected $25 million more.

      Ameren says it needs the money to offset lower electric sales up front in order to protect shareholders and comply with accounting rules. Subjecting that revenue to auditing and revision that could take months is a nonstarter, the utility says.

      Ameren’s leverage and the dispute over how it bills ratepayers for revenue lost to efficiency measures has some calling for a redesign of Missouri’s regulatory structure.

      “From a policy standpoint, it’s a dangerous road to go down when you have one party able to have more leverage than other parties before the commission,” said Janine Migden-Ostrander, a principal with the Regulatory Assistance Project who follows energy efficiency policy.

      The debate is playing out and risking energy efficiency programs in much of Missouri just as new federal rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants are weeks from being finalized. Missouri, like other states, will have to develop a compliance plan that will probably have to rely heavily on energy efficiency.

      The Natural Resources Defense Council is backing Ameren’s plan, worried that the utility’s program could lapse if the PSC decides to make changes sought by public counsel, the PSC staff and the Sierra Club. Despite the NRDC’s frequent criticisms of Ameren efficiency goals it says are too low, it bargained with the utility for a slightly higher goal through 2018 and hopes to add more after the program starts.

      “Having worked on these issues for a long time, you never get everything you want and you have to go step by step,” NRDC economist Ashok Gupta said.

      While Ameren won’t say directly whether it will let the program lapse if its plan isn’t adopted, the utility did warn that letting the program end in December would kill the momentum it has gained over the last three years.

      “Ameren’s partnering with hundreds of local businesses and trade programs to make these programs effective,” Bill Davis, an Ameren economic analysis and pricing manager who works on the program, said in an interview. If it lapses, “that underlying support structure breaks down.”

      Call Ameren’s bluff, Tim Woolf, an energy consultant hired by the Sierra Club for the case, told the PSC. Regulators could later find Ameren’s decision to end the program “imprudent” the next time it asked for higher rates.

      “It seems very unlikely that the company would take the risk of implementing no energy efficiency at all,” said Woolf, vice president of synapse energy economics.

      DECOUPLING

      Woolf and others said the best way to fix the bickering is to change Missouri’s regulatory structure with a policy called decoupling. The policy essentially guarantees a level of revenue set by regulators by adjusting electricity rates through the year or annually, no matter how much it actually sells.By making the utility agnostic about how much electricity it sells, it’s free to pursue energy efficiency programs. According to the NRDC, 20 states have adopted or are in the process of adopting electric utility decoupling.“Lost revenue mechanisms like what’s seen in (this case) should be avoided at all costs,” Woolf said. “Decoupling is just a much better way to achieve the goal.”

      The PSC last week began a case to investigate the prospect of decoupling in Missouri.

      “I think this is timely… I think this a great first step toward addressing issues we’ve been hearing,” said outgoing commission chairman Robert Kenney.

      Ameren doesn’t yet have a position on the policy but said it has been discussing it with interested parties. “We’re going to continue those discussions,” Ameren’s Davis said.

      Tint World® Opens New Franchise in Duluth – SYS


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      BOCA RATON, Fla., July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Tint World®, a heading automobile appendage and window tinting franchise, has strictly announced a opening of a Duluth, Georgia location. Owned and operated by courtesy veteran, Eddie Kim, a Automotive Styling Center™ will yield area residents with car customization services including window tinting, lighting, extraneous protection, audio and mobile wiring installations, and more.

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      “As a 40 year veteran, Eddie’s all-new store is a loyal item to a Duluth village as good as a Tint World® authorization system,” pronounced Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World®. “We know his knowledge will benefit a lot of courtesy in a area and we demeanour brazen to assisting him enhance his authorization tenure even some-more in a nearby future.”

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      “I’ve been in a tinting courtesy for decades and have worked all around a nation, from Orange County to Alabama and now Georgia,” pronounced Kim. “While we’ve usually been non-stop a few weeks now, a business is flourishing fast, with full-time installers and an expanding patron base. We wish to grow to turn a multi-store authorization to improved offer other Georgia communities within a year.”  

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      Founded in 1982, Tint World® has grown to turn an award-winning franchised provider of automotive, residential, blurb and sea window tinting and confidence film services. With Automotive Styling Centers™ in a U.S. and abroad, any authorization plcae houses approximately 20 distinction centers, trimming from in-store tinting, installation, fact and repair, to mobile wiring sell and off-site sales and designation of residential, blurb and sea tinting and films. To find out more, greatfully revisit www.tintworld.com and tintworldfranchise.com.

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      Who Has What it Takes to be a “World’s Best?”

      Come find out on Friday, Oct 2 during a Gala Awards Dinner and Ceremony where a champions will be crowned!

      The International Window Film Tint-Off™ Architectural, Automotive and Paint Protection Film Divisions, along with a Auto Glass Technician Competition (AGTO) and a Windshield Repair Competition in Honor of Walt Gorman (WRO) champions, will be announced during this rite event. After battling it out over 3 days of heated competition, a “World’s Best Automotive Window Film Tinter,” “World’s Best Architectural Window Film Tinter” and a “World’s Best Paint Protection Film Installer” will take a theatre and uncover a universe what it takes to arise to a top!

      The Gala Awards Dinner and Ceremony will be hold a final night of International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ (WFCT) from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. during a Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. All attendees, competitors and Sponsors are speedy to extract in this eventuality to applaud a new champions for 2015. Pre-registration is required, so be certain to name a discretionary eventuality when we register online. Tickets are $79 per person. Space is singular and seats will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

      WFCT will be hold Sep 30-October 2 during a Reno-Sparks Convention Center and is once again sponsored by Window Film magazine.

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      First LEED Platinum Public School Uses LED Lighting

      Energy Efficiency
      LED lighting by Cree Industries saves energy.

      Published on July 24th, 2015
      by Stephen Hanley

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      July 24th, 2015 by  LED lighting by Cree Industries saves energy.

       

      Sandy Grove Middle School in Lumber Bridge, North Carolina is the first leased public school building in the United States to be LEED Platinum certified. Developed by Firstfloor and sister company SfL+a Architects, Sandy Grove is a public/private partnership and the first energy positive school in the nation to be financed out of its own expected energy savings and then leased to the school system. The building, designed for LEED-platinum certification, is projected to save the county $16 million on its energy bills over the life of the building.

      Students not only get an education in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math subjects at this STEM school. They also attend classes in their very own environmental laboratory and learn first-hand the benefits of a new concept in sustainability for educational institutions — a net-positive school building that produces more energy than it consumes. The school even has a working energy dashboard that tracks the performance of the facility’s green elements, enabling teachers to use the building itself as a teaching tool.

      “Being from a high-growth, low-wealth county, it was critical for Hoke County Schools to approach the construction process of our newest school in a way that would be speedy, efficient and cost-effective,” says Dr. Freddie Williamson, principal of Hoke County Schools.

      Part of the energy savings so critical to the public/private partnership are the LED lighting fixtures provided by Cree.  The Sandy Grove project was designed for maximum energy efficiency with one of the key components being the use of high-efficiency LED lighting. However, LED wasn’t the initial vision for the lighting solution. As Barry Buckman, principal with SfL+a, explains, “The project was originally designed around traditional fluorescents.”

      But a chance introduction to Cree — one of the industry leaders in LED lighting technology — led SfL+a down a path they’re now following with all other projects. The designers switched to Cree for all the school’s overhead and outdoor lighting fixtures.

      “Energy savings are important and Cree did a really good job of taking our lighting design and doing an energy analysis with Cree fixtures to show what the savings can be,” says Buckman. “Now, moving forward, we’re using LED lighting as the standard of design. The next couple of schools we’re working on actually have 100 percent LED, allowing us to maximize that conservation aspect of each project.”

      According to Cree, this is the beginning of net positive institutions using LED lighting technology. A worldwide shift to energy efficient lighting would lower electricity demand by more than 1,000 terawatt-hours and reduce CO2 emissions by 530 million tons annually. Decreased energy needed to power the same light output, without adding additional heat, benefits other systems, such as HVAC.

      “On a recent visit,” Buckman says, “one little girl jumped up and started going through the energy dashboard, actually pulling up all the different usages. It was a really exciting, powerful moment to see the kids actively breaking the information down in a way that showed they understood it. It’s a great teaching tool — a way of making these technologies and the reasons behind them accessible to a lot of different age groups.” A great lesson plan, well taught.

       

      LED lighting by Cree Industries saves energy.

       

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      Missouri energy efficiency law should be revisited, experts say : Business …

      In a poker game where the stakes are efficiency rebates underpinning the broadest energy savings program ever pursued in the St. Louis region, utility regulators have to decide who’s bluffing.

      Some believe Ameren Missouri is suggesting it might fold and let an almost three-year-old efficiency program lapse at the end of 2015 if regulators don’t approve a plan it favors. After all, it is under no legal obligation to sign up for a program that asks it to help customers buy less of its product — electricity — if it doesn’t want to.

      “As I understand the interpretation of the (Missouri) statute, ultimately the utility gets to decide whether they can implement that plan,” Lynn Barnes, Ameren Missouri’s controller and vice president of business planning told the Missouri Public Service Commission in hearings on the plan last week. “So I think we do have the last word.”

      But to listen to Missouri’s consumer advocate tell it, there’s plenty of money in the pot to keep Ameren Missouri playing the energy efficiency game, even if the PSC makes some changes the utility doesn’t like.

      “I don’t think they’ll walk away,” Geoff Marke, an economist with the Missouri Office of Public Counsel, told the PSC. “I think there’s too much money here.”

      Some states, such as Illinois, require utilities to meet energy savings goals, but Missouri’s state law is voluntary. It’s set up to convince utilities to participate by covering program costs and lost revenue while dangling the prospect of a profit, all recouped as charges on monthly electric bills. The $6 per month paid by the average household covers programs such as cash rebates for old appliances, discounted light bulbs at retailers and more extensive building retrofitting for businesses.

      But going forward, the public counsel, PSC and some other groups want audits to ensure customers aren’t overbilled by the utility when it collects revenue lost by promoting energy savings. The public counsel says it already has collected $25 million more.

      Ameren says it needs the money to offset lower electric sales up front in order to protect shareholders and comply with accounting rules. Subjecting that revenue to auditing and revision that could take months is a nonstarter, the utility says.

      Ameren’s leverage and the dispute over how it bills ratepayers for revenue lost to efficiency measures has some calling for a redesign of Missouri’s regulatory structure.

      “From a policy standpoint, it’s a dangerous road to go down when you have one party able to have more leverage than other parties before the commission,” said Janine Migden-Ostrander, a principal with the Regulatory Assistance Project who follows energy efficiency policy.

      The debate is playing out and risking energy efficiency programs in much of Missouri just as new federal rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants are weeks from being finalized. Missouri, like other states, will have to develop a compliance plan that will probably have to rely heavily on energy efficiency.

      The Natural Resources Defense Council is backing Ameren’s plan, worried that the utility’s program could lapse if the PSC decides to make changes sought by public counsel, the PSC staff and the Sierra Club. Despite the NRDC’s frequent criticisms of Ameren efficiency goals it says are too low, it bargained with the utility for a slightly higher goal through 2018 and hopes to add more after the program starts.

      “Having worked on these issues for a long time, you never get everything you want and you have to go step by step,” NRDC economist Ashok Gupta said.

      While Ameren won’t say directly whether it will let the program lapse if its plan isn’t adopted, the utility did warn that letting the program end in December would kill the momentum it has gained over the last three years.

      “Ameren’s partnering with hundreds of local businesses and trade programs to make these programs effective,” Bill Davis, an Ameren economic analysis and pricing manager who works on the program, said in an interview. If it lapses, “that underlying support structure breaks down.”

      Call Ameren’s bluff, Tim Woolf, an energy consultant hired by the Sierra Club for the case, told the PSC. Regulators could later find Ameren’s decision to end the program “imprudent” the next time it asked for higher rates.

      “It seems very unlikely that the company would take the risk of implementing no energy efficiency at all,” said Woolf, vice president of synapse energy economics.

      DECOUPLING

      Woolf and others said the best way to fix the bickering is to change Missouri’s regulatory structure with a policy called decoupling. The policy essentially guarantees a level of revenue set by regulators by adjusting electricity rates through the year or annually, no matter how much it actually sells.By making the utility agnostic about how much electricity it sells, it’s free to pursue energy efficiency programs. According to the NRDC, 20 states have adopted or are in the process of adopting electric utility decoupling.“Lost revenue mechanisms like what’s seen in (this case) should be avoided at all costs,” Woolf said. “Decoupling is just a much better way to achieve the goal.”

      The PSC last week began a case to investigate the prospect of decoupling in Missouri.

      “I think this is timely… I think this a great first step toward addressing issues we’ve been hearing,” said outgoing commission chairman Robert Kenney.

      Ameren doesn’t yet have a position on the policy but said it has been discussing it with interested parties. “We’re going to continue those discussions,” Ameren’s Davis said.

      Angie’s List: Avoid sinister tinting on your car

      MADISON (WKOW) — We all dismay climbing into a car that’s been sitting outward in a summer feverishness – brief shorts and leather seats are an generally bad combination. Tinted windows are one approach to assistance keep your backside from burning.

      Window tinting has come a prolonged approach in a final 20 years. The aged films are still out there, so arrange by all a options before determining that one to implement on your vehicle. Window tinting veteran Chris Brennan says “There’s hybrid films that are semi-metal formed and dyed. Then there’s steel films and there’s even ceramic films. And as we go adult towards a ceramic line, they cut out some-more feverishness and they’re going to give we a improved clarity on a film itself.”

      Quality tinting can revoke your car’s interior feverishness by 60 percent. Not surprisingly, tinting prices go adult as a temps go down. A customary dyed-tinting pursuit can be finished for underneath 200 bucks. It’s during slightest twice that for ceramic. Brennan says, “If it’s only for a looks, we know, collect a one that looks a best to you. If you’re looking for a feverishness rejection, go for something that’s going to give we a top amount, customarily your ceramic films. And whatever we do, make certain you’re removing a created guaranty from a manufacturer and not only a written guaranty from a shop.”

      The tinting will also drastically revoke a sun’s UV rays entering your vehicle, that will also strengthen your interior from vanishing and cracking, though there might be boundary to how dim your installer should go. Angie Hicks, owners of Angie’s List says, “Be certain they know what a laws are in your area since there are laws typically about how dim that window tinting can be, and we positively don’t wish to finish adult with a excellent if your windows finish adult too dark.”

      For some-more information on tinting laws, we can check out a International Window Film Association web site. Angie says a stain pursuit with high-quality film can final anywhere from 5 to 10 years. A customary painted film is expected good for a year or two.

      Sam Davidson | ECO demands on packaging industry create energy savings …

      Growing investment in housing and construction, as well as the continued rise in retail chains, has fuelled an expanding demand on the packaging of products.

      But as this global industry continues to grow – forecasted to increase 4% a year to 2018 – with it comes the pressure and responsibility to become more eco-friendly.

      With an anticipated rise in energy prices and new legislative rules compelling larger organisations to carry out compulsory energy audits, the need to become smart with their energy consumption is also an important factor on packaging companies’ finances.

      The new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is an energy assessment and savings identification scheme for large organisations in the UK.

      Packaging firms with 250+ employees or an annual turnover of £38.9m and a balance sheet of more than £33.5m must comply with the new rules – and those required to comply have just six months left to put their plans in place.

      The legislation requires those affected to be compliant, having undertaken an ESOS audit (or obtained an alternative route to compliance), by 5 December or face fines of potentially tens of thousands of pounds.

      The global packaging industry is an ever growing market worth hundreds of billions of pounds, so this new scheme could be an opportunity to ensure the sector takes the lead in energy compliance.

      However thousands of companies may miss out if they only view ESOS as a tick box exercise. If given the right consideration, ESOS can act as a springboard for energy to be understood and managed more effectively.

      Manufacturers, including those in the packaging industry, could be missing out on £11million in energy savings.

      Our recent findings show that the average firm, that is required to comply with the mandatory scheme, could save 13% of their energy costs, but only if audit findings are used as a catalyst to minimise consumption.

      However, further research has also revealed concerns from almost half (46%) of large businesses required to comply with ESOS who do not currently feel the cost will be recouped by the savings made for their business in the long-term.

      And three in five companies admit to having not budgeted for the scheme at all this year. Instead, many business leaders are planning to fund the cost of audits and compliance from other budget areas including forecasted profits.

      Despite these concerns, we have found that those who have already started the ESOS process are significantly more clued up on costs and how long it is likely to take them than those who have not started the process yet.

      As the year sprints on, we are concerned some businesses will get caught out in the autumn with an unexpected cost, little time to complete ESOS in a detailed manner, and, worse still, be fined for non-compliance.

      We welcome the legislation as a route to more businesses understanding their energy usage better, but are clear on the fact that a return on investment will only be achieved when the recommended measures are understood and implemented.

      The cost of compliance will vary depending on the type of business, number of sites, energy usage and what audits have already taken place but it can be anything from £7,000 to £30,000.

      Yet the cost of failing to comply could cost businesses up to £90,000 in fines.

      First LEED Platinum Public School Uses LED Lighting – Green Building Elements …

      Energy Efficiency
      LED lighting by Cree Industries saves energy.

      Published on July 24th, 2015
      by Stephen Hanley

      0

      July 24th, 2015 by  LED lighting by Cree Industries saves energy.

       

      Sandy Grove Middle School in Lumber Bridge, North Carolina is the first leased public school building in the United States to be LEED Platinum certified. Developed by Firstfloor and sister company SfL+a Architects, Sandy Grove is a public/private partnership and the first energy positive school in the nation to be financed out of its own expected energy savings and then leased to the school system. The building, designed for LEED-platinum certification, is projected to save the county $16 million on its energy bills over the life of the building.

      Students not only get an education in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math subjects at this STEM school. They also attend classes in their very own environmental laboratory and learn first-hand the benefits of a new concept in sustainability for educational institutions — a net-positive school building that produces more energy than it consumes. The school even has a working energy dashboard that tracks the performance of the facility’s green elements, enabling teachers to use the building itself as a teaching tool.

      “Being from a high-growth, low-wealth county, it was critical for Hoke County Schools to approach the construction process of our newest school in a way that would be speedy, efficient and cost-effective,” says Dr. Freddie Williamson, principal of Hoke County Schools.

      Part of the energy savings so critical to the public/private partnership are the LED lighting fixtures provided by Cree.  The Sandy Grove project was designed for maximum energy efficiency with one of the key components being the use of high-efficiency LED lighting. However, LED wasn’t the initial vision for the lighting solution. As Barry Buckman, principal with SfL+a, explains, “The project was originally designed around traditional fluorescents.”

      But a chance introduction to Cree — one of the industry leaders in LED lighting technology — led SfL+a down a path they’re now following with all other projects. The designers switched to Cree for all the school’s overhead and outdoor lighting fixtures.

      “Energy savings are important and Cree did a really good job of taking our lighting design and doing an energy analysis with Cree fixtures to show what the savings can be,” says Buckman. “Now, moving forward, we’re using LED lighting as the standard of design. The next couple of schools we’re working on actually have 100 percent LED, allowing us to maximize that conservation aspect of each project.”

      According to Cree, this is the beginning of net positive institutions using LED lighting technology. A worldwide shift to energy efficient lighting would lower electricity demand by more than 1,000 terawatt-hours and reduce CO2 emissions by 530 million tons annually. Decreased energy needed to power the same light output, without adding additional heat, benefits other systems, such as HVAC.

      “On a recent visit,” Buckman says, “one little girl jumped up and started going through the energy dashboard, actually pulling up all the different usages. It was a really exciting, powerful moment to see the kids actively breaking the information down in a way that showed they understood it. It’s a great teaching tool — a way of making these technologies and the reasons behind them accessible to a lot of different age groups.” A great lesson plan, well taught.

       

      LED lighting by Cree Industries saves energy.

       

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      HDClear Launches 3 New Decorative Film Products

      With a finish re-design of their website, 3 new products have been combined to HDClear’s operation of tradition printed musical window films.

      Ontario, California (PRWEB) Jul 21, 2015

      Following a duration of endless contrast and development, a world-leading manufacturer and retailer of tradition printed musical window films, HDClear is vehement to launch 3 new products; HDFade, HDCling and HDExterior to their product operation of tradition printed musical window films.

      The new website has also benefited from a finish redesign and an softened user believe for mobile and inscription users. The site facilities an endless operation of tradition printed window films and a good believe bottom apparatus for Architects, Designers and Window Film Installers.

      HDClear’s new product additions have come during a time when Architects, Interior Designers and Retailers are job out for some-more artistic flexibility when it comes to musical window film; a foe to stand-out on a high-street has never been some-more demanding.

      HDFade: Custom Printed Decorative Fades For Any Glass Size

      Provides any fade, gradation, pattern, tone and translucency to any figure of flat-glass panel. HDClear’s optically transparent musical window film promotes striking environments with full coverage of glass. 72” film coverage means that pattern can be tradition printed, join giveaway and can grow past a singular skinny rope of film.

      HDCling: Short Term Removable Glass Graphics

      These window films can be printed with tone and white inks, creation it an ideal choice for immobile adhere graphics. Perfect for seasonal, promotional and informal selling efforts where re-using graphics is some-more economical. Easily commissioned with H2O and a showering squeegee, HDCling can distortion ideally on potion and simply private when an promotion debate has ended.

      HDExterior: Transforming extraneous potion and wall surfaces

      Durability is pivotal when regulating extraneous musical window films. At times when artistic graphics can’t be retreat practical to an inside window, a 3 extraneous options lonesome in HDExterior should be entirely explored.

      Its continuance is second-to-none in a musical window film attention and is meant to withstand a New York snowstorm and a Los Angeles feverishness wave. Anti-Graffiti, Wall Wrap and Perforated films yield a finish resolution to outmost window displays.

      All 3 of these new musical window film products from HDClear come with an industry-beating 10-year guaranty – Architects, Designers and Retailers can be certain that their tradition printed musical window films will final distant over a normal promotion debate that many of a striking films are used for. With many normal vinyl solutions providing a 5 to 7-year warranty, this latest growth provides a serve point-of-difference for HDClear in a flourishing musical window film market.

      During a growth process, a HDClear group has modernized a high clarification printing, tone and white ink firmness and opacity of a finished printed window film.

      HDClear is a Southern California formed association that manufacturers tradition printed musical window films to a flourishing tellurian market. Since 2012, HDClear has consistently been during a forefront of musical window film record and development. HDClear is partial of The AmGraph Group a secretly hold company. For some-more information on HDClear greatfully revisit our website.

      For a strange chronicle on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/hdclear/websitelaunch/prweb12857176.htm

      Tint World® Opens New Franchise in Duluth | news.sys-con.com – SYS


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      BOCA RATON, Fla., July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Tint World®, a heading automobile appendage and window tinting franchise, has strictly announced a opening of a Duluth, Georgia location. Owned and operated by courtesy veteran, Eddie Kim, a Automotive Styling Center™ will yield area residents with car customization services including window tinting, lighting, extraneous protection, audio and mobile wiring installations, and more.

      Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150721/238790

      “As a 40 year veteran, Eddie’s all-new store is a loyal item to a Duluth village as good as a Tint World® authorization system,” pronounced Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World®. “We know his knowledge will benefit a lot of courtesy in a area and we demeanour brazen to assisting him enhance his authorization tenure even some-more in a nearby future.”

      Kim comes to Tint World® with decades of tinting and automotive customization experience. As a prior owners and owner of eminent tinting shop, 1 Day Auto Tint in Huntsville, Alabama, Kim helped build an award-winning repute for tinting installations in both automotive and architectural applications. In September 2014, Kim was introduced to Tint World® by his son and International Window Film Association 2014 foe winner, Yohan Kim, as another business opportunity. After assembly with a franchise, Eddie Kim changed to Duluth to mangle belligerent on his all-new Tint World® Automotive Styling Center™, that non-stop in late June 2015.

      “I’ve been in a tinting courtesy for decades and have worked all around a nation, from Orange County to Alabama and now Georgia,” pronounced Kim. “While we’ve usually been non-stop a few weeks now, a business is flourishing fast, with full-time installers and an expanding patron base. We wish to grow to turn a multi-store authorization to improved offer other Georgia communities within a year.”  

      The all-new Tint World® Duluth plcae facilities a 3,200 block feet trickery finish with salon and designation shop. Located during 3360 Satellite Blvd., Ste. A1, 30096 and open Monday by Saturday, Tint World® Duluth is now usurpation business for all automotive styling needs. To find out more, call 678-456-5557.

      Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ are heading providers of automotive, marine, residential and blurb window tinting and also offer sales and designation of mobile electronics, audio/video equipment, confidence systems, automobile accessories, detailing services and more. Stores are located via a U.S. and abroad, with authorization opportunities accessible worldwide.

      About Tint World®

      Founded in 1982, Tint World® has grown to turn an award-winning franchised provider of automotive, residential, blurb and sea window tinting and confidence film services. With Automotive Styling Centers™ in a U.S. and abroad, any authorization plcae houses approximately 20 distinction centers, trimming from in-store tinting, installation, fact and repair, to mobile wiring sell and off-site sales and designation of residential, blurb and sea tinting and films. To find out more, greatfully revisit www.tintworld.com and tintworldfranchise.com.

      Tint World® Contact:

      Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO

      [email protected]

      (800) 767-8468

      Media Contact: Heather Ripley, Ripley PR, 865-977-1973, [email protected]

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      SOURCE Tint World®

      Angie’s List: Avoid sinister tinting on your automobile – WKOW 27: Madison, WI …

      MADISON (WKOW) — We all dismay climbing into a car that’s been sitting outward in a summer feverishness – brief shorts and leather seats are an generally bad combination. Tinted windows are one approach to assistance keep your backside from burning.

      Window tinting has come a prolonged approach in a final 20 years. The aged films are still out there, so arrange by all a options before determining that one to implement on your vehicle. Window tinting veteran Chris Brennan says “There’s hybrid films that are semi-metal formed and dyed. Then there’s steel films and there’s even ceramic films. And as we go adult towards a ceramic line, they cut out some-more feverishness and they’re going to give we a improved clarity on a film itself.”

      Quality tinting can revoke your car’s interior feverishness by 60 percent. Not surprisingly, tinting prices go adult as a temps go down. A customary dyed-tinting pursuit can be finished for underneath 200 bucks. It’s during slightest twice that for ceramic. Brennan says, “If it’s only for a looks, we know, collect a one that looks a best to you. If you’re looking for a feverishness rejection, go for something that’s going to give we a top amount, customarily your ceramic films. And whatever we do, make certain you’re removing a created guaranty from a manufacturer and not only a written guaranty from a shop.”

      The tinting will also drastically revoke a sun’s UV rays entering your vehicle, that will also strengthen your interior from vanishing and cracking, though there might be boundary to how dim your installer should go. Angie Hicks, owners of Angie’s List says, “Be certain they know what a laws are in your area since there are laws typically about how dim that window tinting can be, and we positively don’t wish to finish adult with a excellent if your windows finish adult too dark.”

      For some-more information on tinting laws, we can check out a International Window Film Association web site. Angie says a stain pursuit with high-quality film can final anywhere from 5 to 10 years. A customary painted film is expected good for a year or two.

      Window Film Depot Receives 3M’s Top National Award

      For a second time, 3M has awarded a Window Film Depot a tip inhabitant award.

      The Marietta, Ga.-based inhabitant sales and designation business, warranted a tip mark in 2014 due to a sum sales volume, year-over-year expansion and partnership with 3M.

      “Window Film Depot had an superb year. They move a lot of value to a market, and ceaselessly find ways to turn a improved and some-more moneyed company. We have good honour for what they have been means to accomplish,” says Mark Keesling, U.S. business manager of 3M’s renewable appetite division.

      “It’s a good respect to be famous by 3M this way,” says Jeff Franson, Window Film Depot CEO. “My family and we are looking brazen to many some-more years of continued expansion with the gifted team.”

      SmartWatt Energy Completes Centralized Energy Management System and More for …

      MOOSIC, Pa., July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — SmartWatt Energy recently completed a major sustainability project for wire rope manufacturer Bridon American at their Hanover, PA facility. UGI presented a $100,000 rebate check to Bridon American during an event at the Bridon facility earlier today. Bridon American qualified for the rebate through UGI’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Program.

      The project began with an audit of all energy systems at Bridon American’s 130,000 square foot campus facilities by engineering teams from SmartWatt, a national energy-efficiency contracting firm with an office in Moosic, PA. Prior to this energy efficiency project, the facilities at the Hanover campus consumed over 13,000,000 kWh per year. By implementing two major facility improvement measures (FIMs), Bridon American is reducing this site’s electric consumption by over 6 percent.

      The Bridon American site provided opportunities to provide energy savings improvements across multiple systems. The comprehensive project FIMs included the installation of an energy management system and program to optimize set points, sequences and operating schedules of equipment. Energy management controls were applied to plant space heating units, electrical room cooling systems and heating/cooling environmental systems for plant and corporate offices. Boiler controls and electrical metering were also implemented to provide maintenance and operational benefits beyond energy savings. Variable frequency drives (VFDs) were installed to optimize the operation of large process motors where modulation and setback strategies could safely be applied. The three main cooling tower fan motors were retrofitted with VFDs.

      “It was critical to implement savings strategies and sequences as part of the installation in order to ensure that savings would be realized,” explained Tracey Jumper, LEED AP BD+C, Project Director at SmartWatt Energy. “Too often, controllers and VFDs are set in place, but are not set up properly to achieve savings.”

      As a by-product of the electric energy savings project, there will also be natural gas (therm) savings. Furthermore, Bridon American now has visibility into the operations of their systems that they did not have before. For example, temperature differentials can now be monitored and trended. Systems can be repaired and calibrated upon receiving automated alarms from the energy management system. And troubleshooting can be done remotely at the web dashboard first, then at the system.

      SmartWatt Energy is the program administrator and implementation contractor for UGI’s Custom Incentive Program. For more information, or to participate, call 800-515-1376.

      ABOUT SMARTWATT ENERGY, INC.

      SmartWatt Energy is a unique energy-efficiency firm. It provides turnkey solutions for utilities, commercial, industrial and institutional clients. SmartWatt Energy’s teams use cutting-edge technologies, design and processes to take on and solve their customer’s toughest sustainability challenges:

      • The Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Division works with end-use customers throughout the United States to design and install integrated energy-efficiency projects. Clients look to SmartWatt Energy to provide large-scale savings through turnkey energy auditing, engineering, project management and installation services.
      • The Utility Division contracts directly with utilities to manage their commercial energy efficiency programs. SmartWatt Energy’s vertically integrated program delivery platform ensures utility program success and customer satisfaction, because all elements of the utility program are handled by a talented, integrated, cross-functional team.

      SmartWatt Energy has won several Inc. magazine “Hire Power” awards and has been named one of the “Fastest Growing” private companies in the United States on the magazine’s annual 5000 list multiple times. For more information, visit www.smartwattinc.com.

      To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/smartwatt-energy-completes-centralized-energy-management-system-and-more-for-bridon-american-corporations-hanover-pa-facility-300116508.html

      SOURCE SmartWatt Energy, Inc.

      Learn from a Experts: Marketing to Millennials

      Join us during International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ (WFCT) 2015, Sep 30-October 2, and learn from a best in business. The three-day window film attention eventuality will be hold during a Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nev.

      Experts have been hand-picked to pronounce on areas to assistance boost your believe and yield an unrivalled knowledge for all in attendance.

      Amber Joy Fiedler

      Amber Joy Fiedler

      Here is only one of a many speakers and seminars we could learn from during this year’s event.

      Specializing in amicable media and artistic thinking, Amber Joy Fiedler, comment executive during Warner Communications, implements precocious open propinquity campaigns and amicable media plan for companies and nonprofits of all sizes on a daily basis. As a deputy of a millennial generation, Fiedler intermittently teaches classes on amicable media in a Boston area and binds an MS from Northeastern University in Corporate and Organizational Communications with a thoroughness in amicable media.

      Thursday, Oct 1 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Marketing to Millennials (Joint Session)
      Born between a years 1977– 2000 and some-more than 80 million strong, millennials currently paint a largest marketplace shred in a world. Characterized as tech-savvy and educated, they perspective a universe differently from progressing generations—having grown adult as digital locals in an capricious and violent economy. These factors and some-more make selling to them a singular plea and opportunity. Learn uninformed approaches to rivet and change millennials and their shopping habits.

      Educational seminars are indeterminate and theme to change. To perspective full descriptions and serve details, greatfully click here.

      Take advantage of this eventuality to hear from a best in a industry. Register today to take partial in a full educational offerings. Pre-registration discounts finish September 8.

      Join us in Reno and support a eventuality that is educationally driven, professionally focused and dedicated to success ever year. To learn some-more about WFCT, revisit www.windowfilmmag.com/wfct.

       

      Angie’s List: automobile tinting can keep we cool




      Window tinting has come a prolonged approach in a final 20 years. The aged films are still out there, so arrange by all a options before determining that one to implement on your vehicle.



      Window tinting has come a prolonged approach in a final 20 years. The aged films are still out there, so arrange by all a options before determining that one to implement on your vehicle.

      “There’s hybrid films that are semi-metal formed and dyed. Then there’s steel films and there’s even ceramic films. And as we go adult towards a ceramic line, they cut out some-more feverishness and they’re going to give we a improved clarity on a film itself,” Window tinting professional, Chris Brennan said.

      Quality tinting can revoke your car’s interior feverishness by 60 percent. Not surprisingly, tinting prices go adult as a temps go down. A customary dyed-tinting pursuit can be finished for underneath 200 bucks. It’s during slightest twice that for ceramic.

      “If it’s only for a looks, we know, collect a one that looks a best to you. If you’re looking for a feverishness rejection, go for something that’s going to give we a top amount, customarily your ceramic films. And whatever we do, make certain you’re removing a created guaranty from a manufacturer and not only a written guaranty from a shop,” Brennan said.

      The tinting will also drastically revoke a sun’s UV rays entering your vehicle, that will also strengthen your interior from vanishing and cracking, though there might be boundary to how dim your installer should go.

      “Be certain they know what a laws are in your area since there are laws typically about how dim that window tinting can be, and we positively don’t wish to finish adult with a excellent if your windows finish adult too dark,” Angie Hicks of Angie’s List said.

      She says a stain pursuit with high-quality film can final anywhere from 5 to 10 years. A customary painted film is expected good for a year or two.

      In South Dakota window tinting is authorised if 35% of light passes by front windows, a percent indispensable on back windows varies.

      IWFA’s Darrell Smith is Featured on Home Talk Show

      The International Window Film Association (IWFA) took window film true into a homes of consumers with an coming on a nationally syndicated HomeTalk USA.

      Darrell Smith, executive director, spent a 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. container on Saturday, Jun 20 vocalization with horde Michael King about a advantages of window film for your home.

      You might view the video below:

      How to Count Your Home Solar Savings in 6 Steps – Renewable Energy – MOTHER …

       

      Using solar energy can save you thousands of dollars. But how do you make sure you’re keeping track of all your savings? We’ll show you how to tally it all up!

      How to Calculate What You Save With Solar

      1. Take advantage of all rebates and incentives. Many states offer rebates or incentives to encourage people to install a solar energy system. The federal government offers the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which provides you a tax credit for 30 percent of the cost of your solar energy system. If you live in a state with great incentives, you could save upwards of 50 percent of the costs of going solar by combining both state and federal programs.

      For example, New York has one of the most generous incentive programs in the country. If you took full advantage of the incentives in New York, you would receive about a 60% discount on of the cost of buying a solar energy system.

      Needless to say, fully utilizing all rebates and incentives can significantly lower your upfront costs, and make a big difference in your final return on investment.

      2. Count what you didn’t have to pay your utility company. Think of all the utility bills you have to pay in one year. Now think of all the utility bills you’d pay in 20 years! When you go solar, you’ll be avoiding at least 20 years of bills from your electricity utility.

      The most recent data from the United States Energy Information Administration shows that the average monthly electric bill for an American household was around $111 in 2014. Assuming your energy consumption is near this national average, a switch to solar would save you approximately $1,333 in the first year alone.

      3. Consider the uphill climb of energy rates. Just multiplying one year’s worth of electric bills by 20 years doesn’t capture the entirety of your savings. You also have to account for the fact that the price of electricity increases almost every year.

      According to the United States Energy Information Administration, the average price of power increased 3.1 percent from 2013 to 2014. This means that if your bill is $111 now, in five years it will be up to $126 per month. Twenty years from now, your monthly power bill will have risen to over $185.

      This means that in 20 years, you would have paid over $35,000 to your utility company. That’s all money that you could have saved if you’d gone solar.

      4. Make money with solar renewable energy certificates. In some states, you have the ability to sell credits for producing clean power. Solar Renewable Energy Certificates, or SRECS, are credits you receive each year for producing clean energy. SRECS can be sold to your utility company, and depending on their market rate, you can make several hundred dollars per year. The SREC market in New Jersey is one of the most profitable markets in the country. The Massachusetts SREC market also provides a great return for investors.

      5. Consider the entire lifetime of the solar energy system you buy or lease. When you’re calculating how much you save by using solar energy, you need to think about your costs and savings over the lifetime of your solar energy system. When you buy a solar energy system, almost all of your costs come from the installation of the system. When you lease your solar energy system, your costs are spread out over your use of the system in the form of monthly payments. In either scenario, you will save the most with solar by trying to minimize your costs (upfront or monthly).

      6. Compare your savings for a leased system. When you lease your solar energy system, you save money by paying a much lower rate for power than you would normally pay to the utility company. This is because the payments you’ll make to the system’s owner should be lower than the increasing payment amounts you’d anticipate paying your utility.

      However, make sure to ask the solar leasing company that owns your solar energy system what data they’re using to inform the calculation about how much your electricity payments are forecasted to increase each year.

      Get Informed Before Going Solar

      Solar is still a growing industry and it can be confusing to navigate. Make sure you have all the information you need when trying to choose a solar installer and deciding how to best finance your system. There are some great resources for understanding the industry and picking the installer that’s right for you. Check out the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and EnergySage for help.


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      Potential for affordable energy upgrades | Lewisboro Ledger

      The message at a press conference in North Salem on Monday was that it is possible to achieve significant energy efficiency improvements in multi-family housing, with the energy savings exceeding the cost of the project and the financing.

      The question, for Lewisboro Supervisor Peter Parsons and others in attendance is how can such savings be applied in other municipalities?

      At Robson House, an intergenerational affordable rental property owned and operated by A-HOME in the North Salem hamlet of Croton Falls, a milestone of sorts was achieved: the first PACE loan to finance energy improvements for affordable housing in New York state. PACE (property assessed clean energy) programs are designed to finance energy efficiency upgrades or renewable energy installations for buildings.

      In North Salem, financing made available by Energize NY will allow A-HOME and its residents to reduce their energy bills by 31% annually while making the home considerably more comfortable. There is an A-HOME residence in Lewisboro that could potentially qualify for a similar project. What Parsons would like to know is whether there are wider applications for such financing in town, and perhaps more importantly, is there a simple way to wade through the complex amalgam of associations, organizations, agencies and government programs that make such programs available?

      Parsons wishes for coordination

      “We need a regional energy coordinator and explainer!” Parsons said. “What makes it harder, in a weird way, is nobody knows which organization exactly does what.” Parsons was referring to something that could be seen as both a blessing and a curse: so many different entities are now eager and willing to help with energy conservation and efficiency that it has become a challenge just to know who they are and what they do.

      Monday’s press conference was a perfect example. The event itself was organized jointly by A-HOME, based in Pleasantville, and Energize NY, based in Yorktown Heights. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was scheduled to be a featured speaker, but he could not make it and Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett spoke in his place. Warren Lucas, supervisor of North Salem, also spoke. Parsons, along with Bedford Supervisor Chris Burdick, were in attendance as board members of Energize NY; also there was Leo Wiegman, mayor of the village of Croton-on-Hudson, who is executive director of Sustainable Westchester, a consortium of local governments to which both Bedford and Lewisboro belong, and on whose board Burdick sits. Sustainable Westchester attempts to “generate equitable and ecologically responsible economic growth through innovative, participatory, and replicable initiatives.” Energize NY, meanwhile, helps homeowners access programs that reduce energy waste and make homes more comfortable, and Energize NY Finance “leverages PACE financing to help commercial and non-profit property owners undertake deep energy improvements.”

      Both Energize NY and Sustainable Westchester are members of the Solarize Westchester Team, which “supports our cities, towns and villages in the adoption of solar-friendly processes and helps residents and businesses install solar more easily and at a lower cost.” This solarization initiative is separate from the other energy efficiency and improvement programs that are in place, though it is supported by NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, a state agency that aims to “reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate economic growth, and reduce customer energy bills.”

      County’s involvement is key

      Though NYSERDA’s project manager was in attendance at the ceremonies, the focus was on The Westchester Project for Affordable Housing and Nonprofits, an alliance whereby Westchester County offers reduced interest rates on financing for Energize NY-approved projects. The county made available $4 million in qualified energy conservation bonds (QECBs). According to Energize NY’s press release on the A-HOME project, “Utilizing QECBs further reduced the already low interest rate on the financing, making the energy upgrade work even more affordable.” A statement issued by Astorino said, “The A-HOME project is the first of what we hope will be many QECB-funded energy improvement projects which will not only reduce the energy burden on low-income residents, but also help not-for-profit building owners better serve their communities.”

      Representing the County Board of Legislators were majority leader Catherine Borgia from District 9, and Wendy Wild, legislative assistant to Lewisboro’s own Alan Cole, legislator for District 2, which includes North Salem. Also present, in addition to numerous officials with Energize NY, A-HOME and other organizations, was Kristina Klimovich, director of communications and market research for PACE now, a national PACE advocacy group. In perhaps the day’s most ironic illustration of Parsons’ call for a coordinator, Klimovich had just discovered that her office in Pleasantville was literally right next door to A-HOME’s offices — she had been sitting on the other side of the wall to the organization PACE was helping, without knowing it.

      What does all this mean for Lewisboro? Parsons says he knows of at least a couple of potential candidates for financing of energy projects in town, though he is not at liberty to discuss them at this point. But he would like to see something happen, provided the town can weave its way through the interconnected maze of support.