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Advantage Window Films to Offer Residential and Commercial Window Tinting …

Advantage Window Films launches window tinting services in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Naples

Bonita Springs, FL — (ReleaseWire) — 03/30/2015 — Advantage Window Films is gratified to announce they will now be charity residential and blurb window tinting services in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Naples. The association will offer solar film, confidence tint, and musical film for homes and offices in and around those areas.

Solar film, also famous as object control tint/film is designed to strengthen a windows of a home so homeowners get a object though a repairs to carpets and rugs, or a heat. It will not change a entrance of a home, and is accessible in a operation of shades, from transparent to easily tinted. It’s reduction contemplative than glass, and rejects adult to 60% of a feverishness entrance by a windows.

Security tint/film will boost a confidence of a home, holding potion together in a eventuality of a break-in or healthy disaster. Like a object control film, it won’t change a entrance of a home, and it will reject adult to 60% of a feverishness entrance in. Several product options are accessible to select from, any with their possess confidence benefits.

Decorative film allows any room or bureau to be flashy on a budget. It allows light to come in while restraint heat, though gives a entrance of cut or texturized potion during a fragment of a cost. It can also be used to supplement remoteness to certain areas of a home or office.

Those who are meddlesome can revisit a website or hit a association directly for a giveaway guess or to use a film simulator, to get an thought of how a commissioned film would demeanour on their home or office. Films are practical to a inside of a windows, after windows have been spotless with elementary cleaning solutions. Window films are designed to final many years, many of them durability over a guaranty period.

Co-owner Rob Heers says, “We are anxious to yield tip peculiarity 3M window films to residents and businesses in Southwest Florida. We know appetite charge is critical not usually for a environment, though for application bills as well. Our association has some-more than 25 year’s knowledge installing window films, and we know a value they bring. We’re prepared to accommodate with we in your home or bureau for a giveaway demonstration, to uncover we only how effective a product is.”

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With some-more than 25 years of knowledge in residential and blurb window tinting, a installers during Advantage Window Films yield an unmatched home alleviation knowledge for their customers. The caring with that they perform their duties is a same as a caring they take in their possess homes. Advantage Window Films utilizes some of a industry’s many gifted window film installers who are bureau lerned and have a smallest of 23 years any in a window tinting industry. For some-more information, hit Rob Heers or Marc Peterson.

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John Barnes Window Tinting Offering Energy Efficient Residential Window Tinting

Lake Worth, FL — (ReleaseWire) — 03/30/2015 — Residents of a Florida area can rarely advantage from carrying a windows of their home coloured with peculiarity films. In a plcae where a continue is prohibited year around, homeowners opt to keep their atmosphere conditioning on to sojourn in a gentle vital environment. With a atmosphere conditioning always running, a application check can turn pricey. However, there is a cost-effective resolution that can reduce a rate. Having a windows coloured can save a poignant volume of income on appetite bills given it blocks adult to 85% of a feverishness from a sun. John Barnes Window Tinting, a film designation company, offers residential window tinting services that are appetite efficient. Customers are invited to have a windows of their home coloured by a company.

John Barnes Window Tinting has a accumulation of window tinting films that business can select from. A technician of a association works with a patron on a personal turn to yield them with what form of window film is right for their home. Window tinting improves a home and protects it by shortening a glisten from a glass, preventing seat from fading, and obscure a cost of energy. Customers can select what shade stain they would like installed, such as light, middle or dark. John Barnes Window Tinting has supposing a residents of West Palm Beach, FL, and a surrounding areas with topnotch home window tinting services for years.

With high-quality window tinting, homeowners can suffer examination radio but an irritating glare. Window tinting can also boost a value of your Florida skill and raise a extraneous aesthetics of a building. Research conducted by a International Window Film Association shows that adult to 30% in application check costs can be saved depending on a strength of a film and a volume of windows on a building. In addition, a association also offers car window tinting in West Palm Beach, FL, and beyond. Customers can hit a association for a giveaway estimate.

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John Barnes Window Tinting is a window tinting association that has been portion a Florida area given 1987. Using a best high-quality window films in a industry, a association tints a accumulation of potion frames, including vehicles, residential housing, and corporate buildings. Having been in business for over 25 years, John Barnes Window Tinting performs with a expostulate to broach top-notch use during a many affordable rates. John Barnes Window Tinting is protected and insured, charity lifetime warranties.

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Ontario ramps up electricity savings target

Preliminary results indicate that Ontarians largely achieved the provincial electricity savings target for the 2011-2014 period, but fell significantly short of the goal for reducing the peak demand that creates pressure for costlier — and often dirtier — sources of supply. Recently released tallies from the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) of Ontario peg cumulative five-year savings at nearly 5.9 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), while 798 megawatts (MW) of peak demand reduction was about 40 per cent below the original objective.

“These results show how consumers have been able to use saveONenergy programs to take control of their energy use and reduce both their current and future energy costs,” says Terry Young, the IESO’s vice president of conservation and corporate relations. “For each dollar invested in conservation, about two dollars are saved in avoided generation.”

Ontario’s Ministry of Energy has now set an even more ambitious goal for 7 billion kWh of electricity savings in the 2015-2020 period. Conservation efforts are primarily in the hands of the province’s 70+ local distribution companies (LDCs), which have each been allocated a share of the overall target and an equivalent budget for conservation programs. This is expected to include a slate of province-wide incentives that LDCs can choose to offer within their jurisdictions, as well as programs that LDCs specifically design for their own customer base.

Thus far, few details are available since LDCs have a May 1 deadline to submit their plans to the IESO for approval. Province-wide programs were initially scheduled to be unveiled by January 1, but that still hadn’t occurred as of late March. In the interim, some of the most popular incentives from the 2011-2014 period remain in place, but program participants must complete the work by the end of 2015 to be eligible for rebates.

“A significant part of the success of the current programming is what it does to support every stage of conservation, from finding out how to save, all the way to getting the project done,” maintains Eric Chisholm, an engineer and project manager with the green building and energy services team at Halsall Associates in Toronto. “There are incentives for audits and for retrofits, and incentives tailored to every sector of customers.”

Among these, the IESO’s recent news release to announce the preliminary conservation results trumpets accomplishments in the residential sector — reporting that homeowners had taken advantage of the free Fridge Freezer Pickup program to turn in more than 22,000 old, inefficient appliances in 2014, while nearly 5 million saveONenergy coupons were redeemed for the purchase of a range of energy-efficient products.

Nevertheless, program penetration rates have been somewhat uneven. For example, Utilities Kingston recorded a 0.03 per cent take-up rate for a 2012 coupon campaign, Stephen Sottile, the LDC’s manager of conservation, recounted at a conference sponsored by the IESO and Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District earlier this winter. Indeed, he identified himself as the redeemer of the only three out of 10,000 coupons distributed.

Customers in the commercial and broader public sectors have tended to favour incentives for energy audits, and upgrades to lighting, HVAC, motors, variable fan drives, belts and pumps — options that still make sense while they wait to learn details of the new programs.

“Some projects can easily be done in time to meet the deadline,” Chisholm says. “You can install variable speed drives very quickly. You can certainly conduct an energy audit before the year is out.”

LDCs may appear to be the power-brokers, authorizing incentives and evaluating participants’ results, but they face significant pressures of their own. Again, details are scant, but a performance bonus or penalty is expected to be part of the pursuit of the new, more aggressive conservation target for 2015-2020. Big customers — whether singularly or collectively advocating through organizations like the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) — have clout.

“Our LDC, Horizon Utilities, has $54 million worth of incentives (in the 2011-2014 period) it has to deal with to meet its target, and we’ve been one of the biggest clients in terms of achieving this conservation objective,” observes Geoff Lupton, the director of energy, fleet and traffic for the city of Hamilton, and a member of the IESO’s stakeholder advisory committee. “In our case, we’ve got a great relationship with our LDC. It always works very well with us to figure out how we can take advantage of the available incentives.”

Responsibility for demand response programs has now been transferred to the IESO, leaving LDCs to focus exclusively on energy savings. Advocates for commercial customers urge LDCs to look at previous successful initiatives such as BOMA Toronto’s former CDM program, which served as a pilot and predecessor to the current saveONenergy program.

“We paid out about $25 million in incentives in exchange for more than 50 MW of peak demand reduction and more than $150 million in investment in energy-efficient technologies and improvements to building performance. Is there any other investment vehicle the provincial government could have used to get that level of return on investment?” asserts Bala Gnanam, BOMA Toronto’s director of sustainability and building technologies. “The key message that LDCs need to understand — considering the aggressive target with only a marginal increase in their program administration budget — is that, in order to be successful, they need to fully leverage industry organizations like BOMA and the Retail Council of Canada so that they can engage the end-users more efficiently. We know what works and what doesn’t in the commercial sector when it comes to delivering programs.”

Others counsel LDCs to loosen some of the more problematic program rules. Notably, bottlenecks at the application approval stage can cause businesses and municipalities to miss their own internal budgeting cycles, thus postponing projects for another year or scrapping them altogether. Lupton suggests it’s in conservation program administrators’ best interest to allow proponents to begin work before they receive the official go-ahead provided they can later document what they’ve done.

“The LDCs are going to have to be flexible and consistent to make sure there are no major changes part way through the programs,” he advises. “And they are going to have to really hustle.”

Barbara Carss is editor-in-chief of Building Strategies Sustainability and Canadian Property Management.

Comparing screw blowers and turbo blowers for wastewater treatment

Positive displacement blowers are no longer preferred for the aeration
process in wastewater treatment facilities due to their low efficiency and high
energy demands. More modern technologies including turbo blowers, rotary lobe
compressors, and positive displacement screw blowers are available today, all
of which promise energy efficiency and energy savings.

Hurll Nu-Way presents a comparative analysis of positive displacement
screw blowers and turbo blowers to help wastewater treatment facilities make
the right choice to suit their aeration requirements.

Blower type

Rotary screw blowers are positive displacement blowers with precision
timing gears that maintain minute clearances between two intermeshing oil-free
screw elements that are never in contact. However, contact parts such as gear and
bearings in the blower package are exposed to wear and tear resulting in the
gap between the screws getting larger over time, leading to air leaks. The
Teflon coating on the rotary screw air ends also deteriorates after a couple of
years of operation, leading to loss of air flow delivery.

In turbo blowers or centrifugal blowers, the energy is transferred from a rotating shaft to air
or gas. A pressure rise is achieved by adding kinetic energy to a continuous
flow of air through the rotor or impeller. The turbo blower differs from the turbo
compressor by the lower pressure ratio, with compressor being above 2.5. Centrifugal
compressors increase pressure up to several hundred kPa, while the centrifugal
blower performs in the middle range up to 200kpa.

Bearings

Rotary screw blowers use cylinder roller bearings that have to operate
in hot environments with high load, leading to wear and tear over time and requiring
replacement after 3-5 years of operation, which results in major repair costs.

A turbo blower’s air bearing design utilises the speed of the air to
avoid contact of the surfaces, and is therefore free from friction and wear. It
can only be used for high speed applications. Bump type air foil bearings,
developed by NASA and used in some of the turbo blower models have an advantage
over leaf type air bearings with their higher load capacity. Their durability
is measured not by the hours of operation but in the number of start-ups and
turn-offs. Tested for 20000 start/stops, air foil bearings offer the assurance
of many years of operation without any decrease in blower efficiency.

Motor

The rotary screw blowers are equipped with standard induction motors,
which lose about half their efficiency at lower operating speeds.

Turbo blowers use high efficiency high speed motors called Permanent
Magnet Synchronous Motors or PMSM, which utilise permanent magnets to provide higher
power output to a given frame size. Thanks to direct connection with the impeller,
no power is lost during transmission. PMSM motors comply with the super premium
efficiency standard, IE4, which was only published by International
Electrotechnical Commission in 2014. The PMSM motor is about 5-8% more
efficient than the induction motor.

Controller

Screw blowers feature proprietary microprocessor controls, which
restrict the customers in choice and flexibility.

Turbo blower manufacturers use only major brands of controllers such as Allen-Bradley
or Siemens for reliability and ease of servicing/replacement as well as for the
flexibility to modify running parameters.

Range

A screw blower has a limited operating range, with power up to 355 kW,
pressure up to 120 kPa and flow capacity up to 154m³/min.

Turbo blowers deliver a flow capacity up to 700m³/min, pressure up to
200 kPa and power up to 600 kW.

Total efficiency

A blower package comprises of a blower (compressor), motor, inverter (variable
frequency drive), blow-off valve, controller, inlet filter and cooling system,
assembled and operating inside the enclosure.

‘Wire to Air’ (Total) Power Consumption is the total energy used to
produce the required flow and pressure for any particular application. It
includes all power losses in the motor, variable frequency drive, inlet filter,
guide vane, valves, cooling system, loss by compressor suction, temperature
rise and pressure drop. The complete blower system must be tested for
efficiency, as it’s the ‘wire to air’ power consumption that is reflected in
the electricity bill.

High speed turbo blowers are far superior to rotary screw blowers in
terms of overall ‘wire to air’ efficiency and ‘total ownership cost’. This is
because centrifugal compression efficiency is higher than rotary screw
compression; turbo blowers do not lose capacity; package efficiency of turbo
blowers is superior to screw blowers due to PMSM motor, direct transmission
without any gear/bearing losses, and no loss of capacity due to coating wear;
and turbo blowers provide major savings in ongoing maintenance costs.

Conclusion

Based on technical characteristics, turbo blowers outperform rotary
screw blowers on every parameter; however, the final choice will depend on
multiple factors, including the size of the plant. Hurll Nu-Way advises
wastewater treatment facilities to consult with experts before making their
selection.

Retrofit Report: Other teams taking the floor in Energy Prize competition

 March Madness marches on, and so let’s talk some more about competition. About the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition. About the other guys.

Coach Izzo knows his competition before they walk on the floor. So, what about the 49 communities on the court with Holland for that $5 million Georgetown prize? That cash will go to the town that reduces energy use the next two years while also finding “inventive plans for sustained energy efficiency” and educating the public and engaging students in energy efficiency issues.

It turns out other towns’ game plans vary greatly.

At least one other city latched onto the “$5 million and change” slogan that Holland project leaders coined locally. In fact, at Holland’s kick-off in November, Energy Prize founder Francis Slakey gave the phrase a shout-out for catching the concept of the contest — encouraging change.

Apparently Bend, Oregon, likes it too, where it’s featured at BendEnergyChallenge.org: “$5 million. And change.”

The also site challenges Bend residents to “Be an Energy Hero,” urged on by Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton to “take the pledge” to conserve energy.

It offers an online link to “Create your very own Energy Savings Plan” that will track savings, give personalized advice, compare one home to similar ones and find rebates. Teams of friends or co-workers can set up competitions.

A calendar shows events, including a recurring “Cold Wash Wednesdays” when folks do laundry in cold water. It points out, “90 percent of the energy used to run a load of laundry goes towards heating the water.”

Bend aims to cut energy use by 10 percent during the competition, so it’s also aggressively pushing home energy assessments and solar energy.

Just up the road and just as aggressive, Corvallis, Oregon, is offering a cut of the $5 million to residents who take energy-saving steps. Prizes will range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Folks who sign up for efficiency measures each month will earn “Energy Prize Points.” The more measures, the more points. “When Corvallis wins the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, your earned Energy Prize Points will act as raffle tickets,” the website promises.

Not if it wins. “When.” But it doesn’t say what happens when Holland wins the $5 million instead.

The Energizecorvallis.org approach looks effective. It gives tips based on energy savings goals (10 percent, 50 percent, 100 percent). It offers some 60 different measures to sign up for — from installing solar to insulating wall outlets.

A dashboard shows current results: 869 people have signed up for “turning off lights when leaving a room,” for 8,760 kWh saved. 20 people installed solar electric, for 9,129 kWh saved. 252 people agreed to “match size of pan to heating element,” for 2,174 pounds of CO2 saved.

Oregon offers some serious competition. Elsewhere, towns seem to be just getting started, holding kick-offs or gathering volunteers, while yet others are running plays Holland will recognize.

Houghton in the Upper Peninsula is hiring a part-time energy manager to implement a community energy plan and lead Georgetown Prize efforts.

In Southeast Michigan, Farmington added a city staffer as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education coordinator for energy awareness programs for kids. It’s planning neighborhood parties focused on energy info. And it turned out city lights for an “Earth Hour” Saturday.

Madison, Wisconsin, is targeting rental properties — about half of the city’s housing — for energy reduction.

And a few communities are building on existing, ambitious projects.

Chula Vista, California, just saw one of its largest buildings switch to 90 percent solar power, with tax-incentive financing.

Blacksburg, Virginia, launched Solarize Blacksburg in 2013, with more than $1 million already invested.

And Montpelier, Vermont, has “Net Zero Montpelier” that in 15 years would have all local energy — electric, thermal and transportation — produced by or offset with renewable sources.

Which, in the end, is really running out the clock to zero. Not the game clock — the energy ticker.

Alberta Green Condo Guide offers tips for energy, cost savings

EDMONTON – Increasing energy efficiency in condominiums presents a unique challenge. Weighing input from a variety of sources — each with differing perceptions and opinions of what ‘going green’ actually means — can be a daunting task, making it difficult to decide on a course of action. However, the Alberta Green Condo Guide is here to help.

Released by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and the Pembina Institute on Thursday, March 26, the guide lays out steps condo boards or condo managers can take to become more energy efficient. It includes practical advice on diagnosing an existing building’s energy use and setting realistic goals for change.

What are the benefits of enhanced energy efficiency? According to the guide, at least 40 per cent of a building’s operating costs are devoted to gas, electricity and water bills. By implementing a few simple upgrades, most older buildings can slash those utility costs by up to 30 per cent.

Lighting changes represent one of the quickest and easiest ways to see an immediate reduction in operating costs. Plus, new technology has resulted in significant energy savings.

“LED lights have come a long way in the last couple years, and depending on what you’re replacing, the savings can be huge. If you’re replacing wall sconces it can use 10 per cent of the energy of an existing light bulb,� said Jesse Row, author of the guide and director of the Pembina Institute’s energy efficiency program. “If you’re replacing tube lighting, the savings can be as much as 50 per cent.�

Condominiums always have to leave the lights on in public areas, such as foyers, hallways, stairwells and parking areas, so energy-efficient lighting can really provide more shine for your buck. The short-term gains are obvious, and the long-term benefits can include an increased return on investment.

“Tenants in the condo building are paying for the maintenance, either directly or indirectly through condo fees,� Row said. “By reducing costs and increasing efficiency, those savings are passed on to the tenants.�

The guide also includes case studies of condos that have implemented upgrades, including high-efficiency boilers, low-flow toilets, carbon monoxide sensors, and a variable speed drive for the ventilation system.

Simple and practical tips include fixing and plugging energy leaks. These can include pipes that are leaking or lack proper insulation, loose seals around windows and doors, or inefficient showerheads. Addressing those problem areas can save money today and prevent bigger problems down the road.

Heating systems are another major expense for Alberta condominiums during long winters. However, they also represent a prime opportunity to save energy, as long as condo boards or managers know what to look for.

“You can save money just by doing the proper maintenance and making sure the settings are relevant. Those can really save on your heating bills,� Row said. “The other option is doing a replacement. Why replace it with the same thing that you’ve been using in the past, when you can take the extra time to explore new options that can cut savings and energy use?�

For additional information, visit the Alberta Real Estate Foundation website at www.aref.ab.ca or the Pembina Institute at www.pembina.org.

Cops: bootleg window stain stop leads to drug bust

naples-herald-dot-logo-20x20 (1)A trade stop for bootleg window tinting led to a drug bust of a Naples male who is now confronting several charges.

Christopher Ramos, 24, of a 700 retard of Santa Lucia Avenue South, was arrested Thursday by Florida Highway Patrol troopers.

According to an detain report, guard instituted a trade stop on Ramos due to his window stain of his automobile being darker than a authorised limit.

During a trade stop, troopers pronounced they could smell a fragrance of pot entrance from Ramos’ car.

A red trek was found in a backseat of a automobile containing a potion jar of marijuana, a sandwich bag holding heroin and another sandwich bag containing methamphetamine, reports said.

Troopers pronounced they also found Ramos in possession of $2,637 in cash.

The weight of a pot was 65 grams while a heroin and methamphetamine weighed 19 grams each, reports said.

Ramos faces charges of pushing while permit suspended, heroin possession with vigilant to sell, sale of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, possession of a tranquil piece but a prescription, possession of marijuana, and drug trafficking.


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AP’s stringent steps to conserve energy

AP’s stringent steps to conserve energy

Hyderabad, March 28 (INN): In order to provide much more better services to the consumers in general and to prevent wastage of power, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is very keen to involve the entire government machinery for taking up of proactive role in Energy Efficient Energy Conservation programmes for the benefit of the state, as well as all stake holders in particular.

In tune with the objective of the Chief Minister, State Energy Conservation Mission (SECM) is all set to adopt integrated approach to implement the comprehensive action plan to achieve substantial energy savings through effective energy conservation and efficiency programmes duly involving all key departments which ultimately paves way for realising targeted energy savings as well as passing financial benefit to the electricity consumers in the form of reduction in power bills, said Chief Secretary Dr IYR Krishna Rao.

As part of this, the State Government moots for stringent steps on energy conservation programmes during High Level SECM Meet (General Body) on 30th March (Monday) at 12 :30 PM chaired by Dr.IYR Krishna Rao, CS Chairperson/ SECM involving various departments such as Energy, Municipal Administration Urban Development, Agriculture, Industries IT, Panchayat Raj, School Education, etc., to devise measurable and sustainable goals with suitable action plan. In view of the SECM General Body meet, CS, who has discussed several issues for expediting the ongoing energy conservation efficiency programmes with Ajay Jain, Secretary, Energy II, K. Vijayanand, MD, APGENCO CMD/APTRANSCO (FAC), said that economical use of electricity plays a pivotal role for effective implementation of 24 X 7 scheme and sustainability of power sector.

The proposed agenda for the meeting of SECM Society includes, review of the ongoing Energy Conservation Energy Efficiency (ECEE) programmes such as DSM based Efficient Lighting Program (DELP), replacement of inefficient Street Lights with LED street lighting, replacement of inefficient Agricultural pumpsets with energy efficient pumpsets, engaging of third party agency by the DISCOMs for annual monitoring of energy savings in DELP programme. Working out the modalities Implementation of Energy Conservation Building (ECB) Code and other related topics Status of proposed Government Order for Energy Conservation in Industries.

Ajay Jain, said that the SECM/ Govt of AP is expecting 617 Million Units (MU) (61.7 Crores units) of energy savings per annum through the pilot projects of DELP and street lighting as follows and planned to extend the scheme to entire AP.

 
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Des Moines Ranks Seventh on EPA’s Energy Star ….

 

Des Moines Ranks Seventh on EPA’s Energy Star Mid-Size Cities List

Release Date: 03/27/2015
Contact Information: City of Des Moines – Amelia Hamilton-Morris, 515-283-4795, [email protected]; EPA Region 7 – David Bryan, 913-551-7433, [email protected]

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(Lenexa, Kan., March 27, 2015) – Des Moines, Iowa, ranks seventh on the just-released U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) list of the top mid-size cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2014. The Des Moines and West Des Moines area had 47 certified Energy Star buildings encompassing more than 4.8 million square feet in floor area. The 47 buildings saved more than $1.8 million in energy costs and energy savings equivalent to 3,100 homes’ electrical use for one year.

EPA’s Energy Star Top Cities list shows how cities across America, with help from Energy Star, are embracing energy efficiency as an effective way to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change.

“Cities across the country are saving billions every year through partnering with our Energy Star program and increasing energy efficiency, while doing their part to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “This is the type of leadership we need from city leaders and building owners who are demonstrating that increasing energy efficiency strengthens local economies, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and helps preserve a healthy planet for future generations.”

Energy Star certified buildings are verified to perform better than 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide, and they use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer emissions than typical buildings. Many common building types can earn the Energy Star, including office buildings, K-12 schools, hotels, and retail stores.

More than 25,000 buildings across America have earned EPA’s Energy Star certification since 1999. The buildings have saved nearly $3.4 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the emissions from the annual electricity use of nearly 2.4 million homes.
Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year.

The program starts with tools to help building owners or managers understand how their buildings are currently performing and what to aim for in terms of improvements. A typical five-stage upgrade includes the following: tuning up the building systems; reducing lighting loads; reducing supplemental loads (e.g., equipment, wasteful behaviors, leaky windows, poor insulation, etc.); improving air distribution systems; and making upgrades to heating and cooling equipment. The stages, when followed in order, account for the interactions between different building systems.

The staged approach ensures the lowest-cost measures are tackled first. As organizations progress through the five stages, they can roll their cost savings into larger and larger investments, culminating in the last, most expensive stage. By the time organizations start making upgrades to heating and cooling equipment, they typically have already amassed substantial cost savings from previous lower-cost improvements.

Energy Star is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s Energy Star program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, Energy Star is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by two billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at www.energystar.gov.

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Chamber program focuses on financing, energy savings

LIMA — As energy costs increase, there’s an option for businesses to cut costs and spread their financing out.

Teresa Smith, business development manager with the Toledo/Lucas County Port Authority, spoke at Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce’s Wake, Rattle and Roll event Friday about the authority’s business financing program.

“We know businesses can benefit from it,” Smith said.

The program started expanding from the Toledo area about a year ago, and now the organization can serve all of Ohio.

A potential project and discussions with local economic development officials played into Smith coming to Lima to speak.

She spoke to the attendees about saving money, saving energy and new financing options for businesses.

The Port Authority can offer financing to businesses to make building improvements that lower energy costs and conserve energy.

Though many businesses so far have used it as emergency funding to fix a boiler or something else that has broken down, they then may explore more energy projects and retrofits.

“They don’t come to us and say they want to go green,” Smith said. “Businesses talk to us because their building is failing.”

PNC Bank Building, at 405 Madison in Toledo, had a failing boiler and came to the Port Authority for help. Once that was fixed and financed, they explored the entire building and how they could improve its overall efficiency, Smith said.

The Port Authority has done several buildings in Toledo and can serve all types and sizes of businesses as well as municipalities, residential and education buildings.

To be eligible, the project must be on an existing building and if it’s a commercial project, renewable energy needs to be part of a larger energy efficiency attempt. The financing works differently than a bank loan or mortgage. Instead, the Port Authority gets repaid through property taxes, as it becomes an assessment on the property, Smith said.

It’s on a business’ regular, bi-annual property tax bill, and businesses can spread the financing out over 15 years, she said.

“[They] get to benefit from all the energy savings each month and then that money can go to pay for the building,” Smith said. “It’s really an innovative tool.”

Reach Danae King at 567-242-0511 or on Twitter @DanaeKing.

PUC Seeks Comments On Manual Used To Assess Energy Efficiency Savings

The Public Utility Commission Thursday sought comments on proposed updates to the Technical Reference Manual, which is used to assess energy savings attributable to energy efficiency and demand response measures for the implementation of the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act (AEPS Act) and the energy efficiency and conservation provisions of Act 129 of 2008.The Commission voted 5-0 to seek comments on the proposed changes. Comments are due within 30 days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, with reply comments due 10 days thereafter. Written comments should be sent to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Attn: Secretary, P.O. Box 3265, Harrisburg, PA 17105-3265. Interested parties may also e-file comments.Initially established in March 2005, the TRM is updated periodically in order to keep pace and remain relevant and useful as experience and technology related to energy efficiency increases.The AEPS Act specifically required the Commission to develop standards for tracking and verifying savings from energy efficiency, load management and demand-side management measures. Generally, AEPS requires that a certain percentage of all electric energy sold to retail customers be derived from alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, biomass and demand-side management resources. The law applies to both electric distribution companies (EDCs) and electric generation suppliers (EGSs), which must demonstrate their compliance on an annual basis.Act 129 expanded the PUC’s oversight responsibilities and imposed new energy efficiency and conservation requirements on EDCs with at least 100,000 customers, with the overall goal of reducing energy consumption and/or demand. For more information, visit the PUC’s Act 129 webpage.

House members import in on window-tinting bill; authorised warn says lawmakers …


House members import in on window-tinting bill; authorised warn says lawmakers can stain their automobile windows

By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa – [email protected] – Variety News Staff

SOME members of a House of Representatives contend they will “scrutinize” a window-tinting check that was upheld by a Senate final week when a magnitude reaches a House whose authorised warn says that lawmakers’ vehicles are not supervision vehicles and, therefore, their windows can be tinted.

In an interview, House Floor Leader George Camacho pronounced he has not seen Senate Bill 19-28 yet, though combined that it will be referred to a cabinet for review.

“It’s not an obligatory thing that needs to be acted on right away. It’s a post 9-11 emanate and a about safety, though we will have to demeanour during both sides so it will be scrutinized of march by a members and discussed carefully,” Camacho said.

Rep. Joseph Leepan Guerrero does not trust that permitting lawmakers to stain a windows of their supervision cars is about safety.

“Tinting is indeed to minimize a feverishness of a sun, though a check will free all lawmakers, a administrator and a AG [from a stream tinting restriction] so where do we pull a line? For me, let’s do this opposite a board: no tinting and no exemptions. Government and private. If they contend tinting is bad for a supervision afterwards it’s also bad for private vehicles.”

Rep. Edmund Villagomez pronounced inaugurated officials are already enjoying many privileges underneath a law.

“What some-more do we want?” he asked.

Tinian Sens. Frank Cruz and Jude Hofschneider were a authors of Senate Bill 19-28 that proposes to rectify 1 CMC Section 7406 (a) (e) and (g) (3). Under this sustenance of a law, inaugurated officials and judges are not exempted from a tinting restrictions.

The bill, that will free lawmakers, inaugurated officials and judges from a tinting breach for reserve reasons, was upheld by all 9 members of a Senate during a event on Rota final week.

Some House members remarkable that a Senate seems to be in a precipitate to pass a measure, though discussions.

But Senate President Victor Hocog, in an talk yesterday, pronounced a bills they upheld including a tinting-exemption magnitude were alread discussed during their care meetings.

“We plead what we will do on a building and try to work things out within a care to safeguard that a event is smooth. We also appeal open criticism per tentative bills. That’s because there are station cabinet reports.

“A check does not have to be urgent. It’s not about a coercion though what a author wants to accomplish. Once we pass a bill, afterwards it’s adult to a House to act on it. Whether they prioritize it or not, that’s adult to them. That’s how both houses work.”

Speaker Joseph Deleon Guerrero pronounced they have asked for a authorised opinion from their warn John Cool per a tinting limitation for inaugurated officials.

The orator pronounced he also sought a authorised opinion of Attorney General Edward Manibusan.

They are still watchful for a AG’s opinion, he added.

As for Cool’s authorised opinion, he pronounced it privately answers a doubt of either vehicles leased by members of a Legislature are theme to a supplies restricting car window tinting.

Cool’s answer is no.

He pronounced a vehicles leased by members of a Legislature are not “government vehicles.” The restrictions on car window tinting usually request to “government vehicles.”

Cool pronounced a vehicles used by a members of a Legislature are not owned or leased by a Legislature or a House or a Senate.

“The vehicles are leased by members of a Legislature in their possess name. They do not have supervision permit plates, nor are they vehicles free from a annual registration fees. The members of a Legislature are not compulsory to obtain a supervision car operators license.”

He pronounced a usually vehicles owned or leased by a Legislature are those used by a Legislative Bureau.

“The members of a Legislature franchise a vehicles in their possess name. The members are afterwards reimbursed by their handling account. If a member does not request for remuneration or a explain for remuneration is not authorized by a Department of Finance, a member is privately probable for a let payment.

“This outcome is done required by a supplies of a Constitution Art II, Sec. 16 Subsection (a) provides that legislature’s allowance for ‘major equipment’ excludes a franchise of vehicles for particular members. Subsection (d) prohibits a Legislative Bureau from appropriation or leasing vehicles for particular members. Since conjunction a Legislature (House and Senate) or a Legislative Bureau can acquire or franchise vehicles for a members. The usually choice is for a member to franchise a car in their possess name and find remuneration by their bureau account, theme to a capitulation of a Secretary of Finance. The vehicles leased by members do not turn ‘government vehicles.’ ”


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Yes, There are Ideal Times to Post on Social Media

In this blog, we wish to speak about something that we might have never deliberate as we conduct your online marketing. Is there a best time to post your calm and is that time a same on all amicable media platforms? There are really preferable times to post, though those times are opposite for any amicable platform. The significance of this is obvious. If we are going to take a time to emanate calm and post it, we wish to get as many impressions and interactions out of that calm as possible.

So, lets burst right in and plead some opposite platforms, a ideal times to post, a misfortune times to post and because that might be a case.

Facebook

Post: 1-4:00 p.m.

Don’t Post: Weekends before 8:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m.

The use of Facebook still tends to be some-more social, so a login patterns follow some really sold patterns. Web trade in a early mornings and after evenings tend to be many slower than in a center of a day. The comprehensive best times to post your calm on Facebook to accept a many communication is from 1-4:00 p.m. during a afternoon slump. This is a time of a day that people are looking for a daze from work and interactions with posts are during their highest. Interestingly, a trade also tends to build from early week and tumble off after a mid-week point. So, a comprehensive best probable time to post something on Facebook to get limit impressions is on a Wednesday during 3:00 p.m. The misfortune times to post anything to Facebook would be on a weekends before 8:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m.

LinkedIn

Post: Tuesday-Thursday 12-5:00 p.m.

Don’t Post: Weekends, Monday or Friday

LinkedIn users are essentially utilizing a height for business interactions, so a primary times to strech them are during unchanging business hours. That means Tuesday by Thursday from 12-5:00 p.m. This container aligns with a heart of a work week. It’s no warn that a misfortune times to post on LinkedIn are a weekends, as there are many fewer users logging in though even Monday and Friday don’t furnish high impressions.

Twitter

Tweet: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., generally around lunchtime

Don’t Tweet: After 8:00 p.m.

People who Tweet are many active during a rise times of any day. Interestingly, Twitter is a one height we are deliberating that maintains plain traffic—even on a weekends. The best times to Tweet are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. all 7 days of a week (the top activity is during lunchtime any day). The comprehensive misfortune time to post anything on Twitter is after 8:00 p.m.

I wish these simple discipline assistance we make a many out of your calm by posting it during a best times. It might assistance to imitation a times out and hang them in your bureau or share with your amicable media manager. For many, it’s tough adequate to stay stream and unchanging with amicable media posting, though there are programs like Hootsuite that concede we to pre-program and an whole week’s value of posts for any platform. It usually creates clarity if we take a time to emanate calm that we post it during a correct times to get a top impressions and interactions. Please let me know if we have any questions by commenting below.

By a way, here’s an infographic to assistance we keep it all straight:

EPA’s Energy Star Names Odessa, TX, as Nation’s Top ….

 

EPA’s Energy Star Names Odessa, TX, as Nation’s Top Small City for Energy Efficient Buildings

Release Date: 03/26/2015
Contact Information: Jennah Durant or Joe Hubbard, [email protected] or 214 665-2200

DALLAS – (March 26, 2015) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced Odessa, Texas, as the nation’s leader among smaller cities for Energy Star certified buildings. Odessa boasts 31 buildings with the certification—all schools and school administration offices—totaling 3.1 million square feet. The energy savings from these buildings total $2.4 million. This represents the equivalent of the annual electricity use of 1,800 homes.

“Energy Star certified buildings are leading the way by advancing energy efficiency and making cost-saving improvements,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “Odessa’s schools are taking advantage of these benefits, and giving students a real-life lesson in sustainability.”

More than 25,000 buildings across America have earned EPA’s Energy Star certification since 1999. The buildings have saved nearly $3.4 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the emissions from the annual electricity use of nearly 2.4 million homes.

Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. Energy Star certified buildings are verified to perform better than 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide, and they use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer emissions than typical buildings. Many common building types can earn the Energy Star, including office buildings, K-12 schools, hotels, and retail stores.

Energy Star is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s Energy Star program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change.

Energy Star is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by two billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.

More on the 2015 top cities: www.energystar.gov/topcities

Search for Energy Star certified buildings: www.energystar.gov/buildinglist

More about earning the Energy Star label for commercial buildings: www.energystar.gov/buildingcertification

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On Twitter: https://twitter.com/EPAregion6
Activities in EPA Region 6: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/region6.htm

Registration for Tint-Off Competitors Now Open

Competitor registration is now open for a 2015 International Window Film Tint-Off™. The competitions are set to be hold Sep 30 – Oct 2 during a Reno-Sparks Convention Center and will embody automotive, architectural and paint insurance film (PPF) divisions. They are once again sponsored by Window Film magazine.

Registration is now open for Tint-Off competitors.

Registration is now open for Tint-Off competitors.

“The series of competitors has grown each year and we wish to have even some-more come out in 2015 to Reno,” says Tricia Lopez, foe coordinator. “The hum around a plcae this year is so enlivening and we are vehement to move this eventuality to new and returning competitors.”

The automotive multiplication will have 3 heats for a second year in a quarrel due to high numbers of competitors. Also of note, a PPF multiplication will have a final turn this year.

“There was such good audience for a PPF multiplication final year that it usually done clarity to supplement a final turn this year,” Lopez says.

The prizes are as follows:

Automotive Tint-Off Division:

  • 1st Place: $10,000 and trophy
  • 2nd Place: $5,000
  • 3rd Place: $2,500

Architectural Tint-Off and PPF Divisions:

  • 1st Place: $5,000 and trophy
  • 2nd Place: $2,500
  • 3rd Place: $1,000

To supplement to a excitement, this year a International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off will underline a series of new amicable events: A golf contest to be hold Tuesday, Sep 29, a day before a event, a Biggest Little Pub Crawl on Wednesday, Sep 30 and a Night with a Classics during a National Automobile Museum, hold on Thursday, Oct 1.

To register for a competitions, click here.

For some-more information on a discussion itself, go to www.windowfilmmag.com/wfct. Registration for a educational seminars and tradeshow will be accessible soon.

Now in a 15th year, a International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ is sponsored, orderly and managed exclusively by Window Film magazine. Window Film repository is a usually announcement dedicated only to a whole window film industry, this repository is designed to entrance all those who work in a film industry—bringing buyers and sellers in this special marketplace together from all over a world. Window Film repository is distributed worldwide to a film and stain community. Visit Window Film repository during www.windowfilmmag.com.

Kinzinger, Gardner, Coons, Welch Introduce Bipartisan Energy Efficiency …

Washington, DC – March 25, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Peter Welch (D-VT) joined Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-CT) today to announce that they are introducing identical bipartisan bills in the Senate and House encouraging and expanding the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs) in federal government buildings.

ESPCs and UESCs are innovative public-private partnerships in which private companies use their own money and resources to make energy-efficiency upgrades to federal buildings. In exchange for making those upgrades, those private companies receive a portion of the money saved as a result of the increased efficiency in federal buildings. ESPCs and UESCs create private sector jobs upgrading the federal government’s estimated three billion square feet of office space at no real cost to taxpayers.

“Currently, the federal government is missing out on an estimated $20 billion in savings by continuing to run outdated, energy inefficient federal facilities,” Representative Kinzinger said. “The Energy Savings through Public Private Partnerships Act is a bipartisan, commonsense solution that is guaranteed to help end wasteful spending on inefficient energy programs in order to deliver savings to the American taxpayers who are footing these energy bills.”

“The federal government has over 3 billion square feet of building space and is the largest energy consumer in the country,” Representative Welch said. “This legislation would make federal buildings energy efficient while saving taxpayer dollars, improving the environment and create private sector jobs. In the previous Congress, the House demonstrated that energy efficiency is a practical idea that cuts through partisan gridlock. In this Congress, we’ll be redoubling our efforts to get bipartisan energy efficiency legislation on the President’s desk.”

“The federal government is the largest consumer of energy in America,” Senator Gardner said. “Using ESPCs and UESCs to make the federal government more efficient while creating private sector jobs is the kind of commonsense solution that members of both parties can get behind. I’ve worked on this issue going back to my time in the House of Representatives and I made it one of the tenets of my Four Corners Plan for Colorado when I ran for Senate. I’m proud to join with my colleagues today and continue leading this effort.”

“Saving energy and taxpayer money at the same time just makes sense, and I’m excited to move this bill forward with my colleagues from across the aisle and across the Capitol,” Senator Coons said. “All at once, this legislation will support local jobs, help the federal government save energy, and allow us to invest in clean energy, energy efficiency, and water conservation projects that are critical to our economic future.”

Window Film Magazine Acquires TintTV and TintTV.com

Window Film repository has purchased a resources of TintTV and TintTV.com from owners Laurence and Charlotte Streidel of Rockville, Md.tinttv

“We are gratified to be means to supplement TintTV to a stream products servicing a window film industry,” pronounced Window Film repository publisher Debra Levy. “Our assembly can advantage from a technical recommendation a initial 17 episodes of TintTV have provided,” settled Levy. “Charlotte and Laurence have combined glorious educational programming and we demeanour brazen to stability that legacy.”

Information and video coverage will continue as partial of a destiny of TintTV and will be offering along with FILM’d video newscast use powered by Window Film magazine.

“TintTV has hold a voice of a technician and a bargain that comes from being in a field,” pronounced Casey Flores, editor of Window Film magazine. “We demeanour brazen to advancing that voice before a readers and viewers,” he explained.

“Stay tuned to FILM’d and watch TintTV.com to see what we have in store for a attention next,” pronounced Flores.
Visit windowfilmmag.com and TintTV.com for attention updates, hard-hitting news, tips, techniques and most more.

City Energy Program Paying Dividends

Since its introduction in 2009, the City of Nanaimo’s Energy Management Program has saved the community nearly $2 million in energy savings, according to a March 25 media release. “The City of Nanaimo has cut its energy costs by a total of $1.9 million between 2009 and 2014 thanks to a mix of building, vehicle upgrades and other measures. These reductions equate to saving 11,508 litres of oil and 11.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity,” stated the release, attributed to Scott Pamminger, the city’s Infrastructure Planning and Energy Manager.

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One of Nanaimo’s Leaf electric cars

The results of this effort show the City is exceeding its annual target of reducing its energy consumption by one per cent each year. The City of Nanaimo currently spends an estimated $4 million each year on energy. Of that amount, $2.2 million or 54 per cent is spent on electricity, including lighting costs. The next largest costs are natural gas, which total $857,148 a year, or 21 per cent. Gasoline and diesel costs make up 13 per cent and 11 per cent of the total costs.

“Results show the City is exceeding its annual target of reducing its energy consumption by one percent each year,” stated Bruce Joiner, the City’s Retired Infrastructure Planning and Energy Manager.

All energy costs have seen a downward trend over the past five years to varying degrees, the release states. A one per cent energy savings would yield $30,000 in savings to the City a year. In 2014 the City avoided $117,000 in energy costs. BC Hydro and other organizations have so far provided – or are set to provide – the City with $1.4 million in financial incentives to switch to energy efficient upgrades on various City projects.

KEY POINTS

  • The City’s one per cent reduction target saves approximately $30,000 per year. The actual 2014 results saved approximately $117,000 per year.
  • The City’s reduction of Green-House-Gas emissions by 2,453 tonnes equates to taking 517 cars off the road (avoiding 1.04 million litres of gasoline).

PennEast claims $890 million in savings if proposed pipeline was operating year …

Families and businesses in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey would have saved more than $890 million in energy costs had the proposed PennEast Pipeline been in place during the 2013-2014 winter. That’s a finding from an energy market savings report and analysis released today by Concentric Energy Advisors and PennEast Pipeline Co.

The study, paid for by PennEast, is its latest attempt to gain support for the controversial project, which would cut through Hunterdon County. The line has been widely criticized, mainly because of the construction’s impact on the environmental and the fact that the route goes through many preserved farms.

A study released in February concentrated on the positive impact the pipeline backer say it would have on the regional economy. Combined with the new findings, PennEast claims the project would create more than a $2 billion boost to the economy.

“The potential savings to energy users – our families, small businesses, government facilities and many others – thanks to the PennEast proposed capacity – is a game changer for the region,” said Peter Terranova, chairman of the PennEast board of managers.

Critics immediately blasted today’s report.

“The new claim by PennEast is more hot air,” said Jeff Tittel, director NJ Sierra Club. And he termed the supposed savings for consumers to be a “false assumption since the price of natural gas is set by the overall market, not just in one area.”

“There is no guarantee the gas from this pipeline would stay here; it could just as easily be exported from Cove Point, Md.,” he added. He was referring to a liquefied natural gas export terminal under construction there by Dominion Resources. The U.S. Energy Department has approved Cove Point’s planned exports to other countries starting in 2017.

“The reason PennEast keeps spinning with reports is because the public opposes this pipeline,” Tittel added, calling it “unneeded, unnecessary and unwanted.”

Regarding the February analysis, he argued that the pipeline would not save consumers money or create jobs; “instead it will create negative economic impacts.

“The pipeline (route) cuts through scenic areas and farmlands impacting tourism and the arts. The tourism industry in the Delaware Valley is worth billions of dollars, impacting communities like Lambertville and Frenchtown,” Tittel said.

“The (proposed) pipeline runs through preserved farmland, impacting soil and crops hurting farms financially. The agriculture and fishing industry will be impacted; both are worth hundreds of millions of dollars.”

The new study examined what natural gas prices in the region that would be served by PennEast could have been in the winter of 2013-2014 if an additional 1 billion cubic feet per day of pipeline capacity had been available. Concentric evaluated the relationship between actual gas prices in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey relative to the gas demand experienced in the region each day, and the impact that additional pipeline capacity could have had by lowering natural gas prices from what otherwise occurred.

Concentric examined four primary areas of potential savings:

  • consumer savings associated with lower electric prices due to lower fuel costs for natural gas-fired electric generation;
  • savings due to natural gas electric generation displacing more costly oil-fired electric generation;
  • savings by industrial customers purchasing natural gas; and
  • savings by customers of local distribution companies.
    The biggest savings would have come from lower electric prices due to the savings achievable by natural gas-fired electric generation, where Concentric estimated electric savings in excess of $400 million due to lower market area natural gas prices.

    Concentric’s analysis focused on the winter of 2013-2014 since this period most accurately reflects the current market dynamics, including the inclusion of Spectra ‘s New Jersey‐New York Expansion project and Transco’s Northeast Supply Link, it said. Both were completed in late 2013.

    “The findings of Concentric’s report underscore the enormous and broad positive impacts of the proposed PennEast Pipeline,” Terranova said. “When you combine the estimated economic impact of $1.6 billion from construction with $23 million in annual operations, and then add potential annual savings of nearly $900 million resulting from increased supply for the 2017-2018 winter, PennEast’s value to the region is easily more than $2 billion. This augments our long-term vision of continued savings and support to the communities where we live and work.”

    The complete, 33-page Concentric report is available on the PennEast website at penneastpipeline.com in the “news” category. The approximately 114-mile, 36-inch diameter PennEast Pipeline would run from Dallas, Luzerne County, in northeastern Pennsylvania, to Transco’s pipeline interconnection near Pennington in Mercer County.

    One PennEast member is AGL Resources, an Atlanta-based holding company whose divisions include Elizabethtown Gas, the utility that serves Hunterdon. Other owners are NJR Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources that distributes gas in portions of the state; Public Service Enterprise Group, which owns the New Jersey utility Public Service Electric and Gas; South Jersey Industries, owner of South Jersey Gas; Spectra Energy Partners, a Houston-based gas pipeline operator; and UGI Energy Services, a marketer of gas, electricity and liquid fuels in nine states and Washington, D.C.

Window Film Company drives expansion with Canon Océ Arizona 460 GT UV buy

By Jez Abbott, Tuesday 24 Mar 2015

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Window Film Company is looking during double-digit expansion after relocating to a new bureau in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, and installing a Canon Océ Arizona 460GT flatbed printer.

Calcott: We pattern to boost turnover by 10 to 15% in a year or so

The company, that specialises in a design, prolongation and designation of decorated, privacy, reserve and solar-control products, indispensable a bigger print, graphics and prolongation space.

The Océ UV printer is able of copy fast-drying graphics during over 30sqm/hr in full colour and uses multi-pass imitation techniques to emanate one-way graphics.

It increases ability and throws adult a choice of copy on to firm media such as metals, perspex and wood. The new bottom is a mile from a aged 186sqm HQ and roughly twice a size.

The appurtenance cost £100,000 and runs alongside dual Mimakis, a CJV eco-solvent appurtenance and a UJV 160 UV model. Total investment including relocation was around £750,000.

Managing executive Micky Calcott said: “We wish to future-proof a association and give us some-more room for growth. We pattern to boost turnover by 10 to 15% in a year or so.

“Océ ticked all a boxes: roll-to-roll is unequivocally critical to us since we imitation on to window film and vinyl. But only roll-to-roll wasn’t male adequate in regards to speed and quality.

“We indispensable to step adult to a flatbed machine. Other pack has flatbed though it’s some-more of an appendage rather than integral. This pack prints adult to 7 layers. It can also imitation white ink.”

Calcott added: “The new printer will concede us to imitation directly onto a outrageous accumulation of films and surfaces, widening a operation of solutions we offer.

“We can imitation in near-photographic peculiarity during any distance on to roughly any surface. High peculiarity formula can be achieved quickly, even for parsimonious turnaround times.

“Our operation of films embody optically clear, frosted film and digital wallpaper. The ability to imitation on to firm media means we can yield full-colour imitation on to whatever aspect clients require.”

Energy Savings Are Part of the Process, Not the End Goal

As more tall buildings are constructed and the quest for super energy efficiency is pursued, building occupants are increasingly dislocated from the natural environment. The necessity to incorporate interior landscapes for building occupants to feel a connection with nature is a reflection of our evolution, and is being recognized as fundamental to our health and well-being.

Green walls are increasingly seen as an effective means of achieving some of these aims, with flexibility of location and a space-saving small footprint.

But what if these green walls were efficient air filters as well, actively cleaning the air of pollutants, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), bacteria and viruses, and delivering clean, pollutant free, high quality indoor air directly to the breathing zone?

First Canadian Gold LEED building featuring a four-storey Active Green Wall Biofilter installed in 2007 and integrated into the HVAC system.
Cambridge Civic Centre, Ontario Canada

 

To breathe clean air we need better air filtration

The one unchanging aspect common in all buildings and sustainable cities is the air we breathe. For building occupants, achieving high quality indoor air is non-negotiable. They offer improved quality of life for employees, tenants and building occupants. The key aspects common to all are health and well-being, environmental amenities and economic paybacks.

Green wall air filtration can help to achieve high quality indoor air, while giving visual contact with natural elements.

Indoor Air Quality Management

Indoor air quality is usually managed through a combination of source control, dilution ventilation and air cleaning.

Source Control

There are no regulations on chemical emissions from commonly used building materials. De facto environmental certification schemes have been developed by industry associations that include material emission limits, but the legal standing of these certifications raise considerable doubts.

According to the US EPA, “no-VOC” latex paint does not necessarily mean no emissions. Colouring tints contain high VOC levels, and linseed oil used as a drying agent in “low VOC paints” reacts with ozone, nitrogen oxides or hydroxides (usually from outside supply air) to form oxidation products that are potentially irritating or harmful to health.

Many studies are now demonstrating adverse health effects at levels of air pollutants well below published air quality guidelines.

Neither indoor nor outdoor environmental sampling is a good predictor of personal exposure, and energy rating systems are not an indicator of clean, uncontaminated indoor air.

Dilution Ventilation

The conventional approach to improve indoor air quality is to dilute pollutants, but this substantially increases building operating costs, consuming as much as 30 per cent of the total energy use with little appreciable improvement in “breathable” air quality.

Building codes mandate that new (and green retrofit) buildings be designed for ventilation rates appropriate for maximum occupancy, a condition that almost never exists. Providing ventilation over and above code requirements may provide little or no health benefit, with the gap between operational loads and design loads leading to a 20 per cent increase in air conditioning system energy use.

High quality active green wall air filtration not only delivers substantial energy and cost savings, but also has a measurable effect on building occupant health and well-being, as well as performance improvement, with clean, pollutant free, high quality indoor air returned directly to the breathing zone.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA)

HEPA filtration is another way of delivering clean air. Although HEPA filters provide high filtration efficiency, they remove only particulates and require an additional activated carbon filter system to remove gaseous pollutants (VOCs). These carbon filters are generally not recyclable and become a source of toxic waste. Existing air conditioning (HVAC) systems cannot usually be upgraded to HEPA filters without a complete retrofit of the air handling system due to the high pressure drop and potential leakage associated with them.

Active green wall air filtration

The more functions that can be served by one design element, the more resource conserving and cost efficient the design. Bio filtration of the air circulating within the building envelope enables clean, cool air to be delivered, reducing the need for 20 to 30 per cent of outside air to be conditioned, saving commensurate energy costs, and contributing to thermal comfort by on average, a 0.5 degree Celsius temperature decrease and a potential 10 per cent RH increase.

Operating 24/7 and strategically located, active green wall air filters can present an environmentally positive corporate image, while making a real difference in “breathable” air quality.

Active green wall air filtration, a self-regenerating air filter solution, gives the option of minimum code-compliant fresh air rates while delivering high quality clean, fresh air to building occupants at low cost, with a less than two-year payback, either incorporated into the building’s air handling system or as a free standing unit, ranging from room size to multi-storey.

While most companies quantify asset value on a balance sheet, the value at risk includes intangibles such as higher tenant retention, healthier work environment, reduced liability/risk, Improved reputation/profile, and property brand differentiation. These factors have all been proven to add asset value over time by reducing turnover and operational costs and improving a building’s reputation in the  market.

Schematic make up of an active indoor air biofilter
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Johnson Controls awarded $8.6 million Navy contract

The contract is guaranteed to save the Navy $14.8 million over the next 15 years, according to Steve Spanbauer, global director of federal solutions for Johnson Controls.

Johnson Controls will put in new, upgraded infrastructure at the Navy base, including LED lighting and rooftop air conditioning units.

The project will pay for itself in energy savings in addition to resulting in a reduction in energy and greenhouse gas emissions, Spanbauer said.

Johnson Controls is in the beginning stages of construction. The installation period is expected to take 13 months.

Window tinting and a law – what we need to know

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If your automobile has coloured windows or it’s a underline you’re formulation to add, it’s critical to know a restrictions now in place in a range of Ontario.

The sovereign supervision regulates shading or tinting finished on a windows of new vehicles underneath a Motor Vehicle Safety Act. However, any particular range is obliged for controlling tinting when it’s finished as an aftermarket modification.

It can also count on what form of automobile we drive. Typical newcomer cars are not compulsory to have a passenger-side mirror. Without a counterpart a windows are deliberate required for a driver’s visibility.

If we expostulate an SUV or minivan, it’s deliberate a Multi-purpose Passenger Vehicle (MPV). MPVs and trucks do need a counterpart on both sides though they don’t need a window behind a driver’s seat, so additional tinting is permitted.

In Ontario a law doesn’t mention a specific commission of stain that’s excusable – last possibly your windows are too dim or not is adult to a police.

The motorist needs to be means to see outward clearly and those outward a car, including a police, need to be means to see inside a car and see we clearly as well.

The subject of window tinting is lonesome in a Highway Traffic Act – privately in sections 73 and 74. It says that a aspect of a windshield or any side window possibly to a left or a right of a motorist contingency not hinder a driver’s perspective of a road. It contingency also not problematic a perspective from outward a car into a interior.

You can accept a sheet for this offence. If a law coercion officer feels reserve is being compromised, we could be fined between $110 and $500. It is only adult to a officer’s visible judgment.

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Rebates available for 2015 for Holy Cross customers

BACHELOR GULCH — When the managers of Bear Paw Lodge took a serious look at their electric bills, they realized the lighting system had a bruin-sized appetite. Out-of-date lights at the luxury home and condo resort were eating up their time to replace burned-out bulbs, and they saw an opportunity to lower energy costs.

Bear Paw managers turned to Holy Cross Energy and its We Care energy efficiency program for help, just as hundreds of other businesses and households served by the electric co-op have done over the past nine years. The slope side Bachelor Gulch resort invested in high-efficiency LEDs for the common areas, parking garages, stairwells and ski lockers, which provided better light, were longer lasting, and resulted in energy bill savings of about $23,000 per year for the homeowners’ association.

A rebate of $31,500 from Holy Cross, plus $2,500 from Energy Smart Colorado, made Bear Paw’s total project investment a lot easier to swallow. With lower out-of-pocket costs, the whole project will pay for itself in less than three years.

Holy Cross Energy representatives said they hope to see more businesses and households make the same energy-saving moves.

Seeking deeper energy savings from its We Care program, the utility set a five-year goal in 2013 for its consumers to save 33,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year by 2017. That’s equal to all the electricity used per year by 2,457 homes in the Holy Cross service area, which spreads across Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties.

In 2014 alone, more than 1,000 energy upgrades done by 829 Holy Cross consumers will save 10,106 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, according to Mary Wiener, energy efficiency program administrator for Holy Cross.

“This is on top of 6,241 megawatt-hours of annual savings from projects done in 2013, so we are halfway to our goal in the first two years,” Wiener said. “These savings will continue for years into the future.”

Rebates offset project costs

Holy Cross Energy provides expert help and rebates to help its residential and commercial consumers make these upgrades.

“We understand that people appreciate getting help to make smart decisions, and the rebates show our consumers that we are their partner in energy efficiency,” said Wiener.

Holy Cross paid out more than $1.1 million in rebates in 2014 to consumers to offset a portion of their investments in energy savings. Funding for the rebates comes from a 2 percent surcharge added to electric bills. Holy Cross staff visited more than 200 homes to provide complimentary home energy assessments, and Holy Cross helped pay for 68 Energy Smart Colorado home assessments. A total of 592 households made energy upgrades in 2014, said Wiener.

“LED lights and recycling old refrigerators were by far the most popular upgrades,” she said. “People also replaced leaky windows, switched to programmable thermostats, swapped out their old holiday lights for LED strings and installed heat-tape timers.”

Holy Cross also continued its partnership with the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, which offers a home weatherization program to income-qualified households. In 2014, the NWCCOG crew made upgrades for 22 households, using a $46,000 contribution from Holy Cross.

LED lighting was the project of choice, delivering the added benefit of reduced maintenance.

“LED lighting is the hot ticket for businesses, lodges and condos,” said Wiener. “These projects deliver immediate energy savings and rapid payback on your investment. We expect to see a lot more lighting upgrades in 2015 as people see the superior quality of these new LED fixtures and bulbs.”

More rebate funding available

In the new year, more rebate funding is available to help Holy Cross consumers invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Power company officials says that even though upgrades mean less electricity sales, the savings help Holy Cross in the long run.

“We expect the savings from this years efforts to save Holy Cross $1.8 million dollars in power costs over the next five years,” said Del Worley, Holy Cross CEO. “Energy conservation means we don’t need to invest in costly new power plants, and it reduces the peak demand charges we pay our supplier. Conservation is the most cost-effective investment we can make.”

Consumers interested in learning more can call the Holy Cross Energy Advisor at 970-947-5473 or visit www.holycross.com and click on “Rebates.”

“We understand that people appreciate getting help to make smart decisions, and the rebates show our consumers that we are their partner in energy efficiency.” Mary Wiener Energy efficiency program administrator for Holy Cross


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Hyderabad, March 22 (INN): In tune with the objective of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to implement 24 X 7 power supply on sustainable basis for consumers of domestic, Commercial and Industrial sectors, who constitute more than 90% of total consumers, the Andhra Pradesh Government has contemplated to adopt five point strategy for implementation of Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation programmes and realising expected energy savings of around 24 per cent.

To achieve this gigantic task, the Chief Minister has recently emphasised the Five Point Strategy which will benefit the state and stake holders in a big way, said Chief Secretary and Chairman/ APSECM Dr.IYR Krishna Rao.

The points in strategy includes involving the entire govt machinery of AP Govt and also Agencies of Govt of India such as Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Energy Efficiency Services Limited,(EESL), Rural Electrification Corporation of India (REC), etc.; Motivating the power utilities/ DISCOMS for implementing DSM based activities duly utilising the energy efficient power equipment/ Machinery; Inculcating the habit of Energy Conservation among all school going children by creating the wings of Energy Conservation Corps and to continue the wide spread campaigning for creating much more awareness among general public; Encouraging all categories of consumers to adopt energy efficient equipment/ Star rated Appliances duly explaining the advantages benefits in the form of reduced electricity bills and Facilitating the energy efficient equipment manufacturers like LED bulbs, star rated appliances, Air conditioners, Refrigerators and Fans etc., in imparting the latest technologies available across the globe for enhancing the productivity which in turn paves way for the reducing the rates of the appliances for the benefit of consumers.

In view of its increasing significance, for the first time the govt. has decided to include the Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency on top priority in the Agenda of Secretaries Conference on March 23 and Collectors Video Conference on March 24. On this occasion, the CS, who had a brief interaction with some of the senior officers on the proposed agenda of the above meetings, requested all the Secretaries and Collectors to come up with much more innovative and creative techniques/ ideas on energy efficiency, since AP has already taken a Big lead and got due recognition even at National Level. CS has thanked the Central agencies BEE, EESL, Ministry of Power, GOI for their unstinted support to AP, which has completed the distribution of around 40lakhs LED bulbs within a short period of four months in domestic Sector and replacement of 91,775 inefficient street lights with Energy Efficient LED based street lighting. CS further opined that Energy Conservation and Efficiency is one of the key factors for prestigious POWER FOR ALL (24 X 7) scheme being implemented in AP. That’s why the Govt has adopted integrated approach on Energy Conservation/ Efficiency involving all Key Departments as desired by CM.

Ajay Jain, Secretary, Energy I I, informed that the Energy Efficiency activities are in full swing and the Govt is expecting 638 Million Units (63.8 Crores units) of energy savings per annum through the pilot projects of DELP and street lighting.

 
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Senate passes check exempting inaugurated officials from automobile window tinting rule


Senate passes check exempting inaugurated officials from automobile window tinting rule

By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa – [email protected] – Variety News Staff

ROTA — The Senate on Friday upheld a check that proposes to concede inaugurated officials and judges to use a supervision car with coloured windows.

All 9 members upheld Senate Bill 19-28 that was introduced by Sens. Frank Cruz and Jude Hofschneider.

According to a bill, for confidence reasons, it is required that inaugurated officials be free from a tinting limitation and supervision permit image mandate of a Government Vehicle Act.

“There have been argumentative issues and legislation in a country that have given arise to criticism and worsening among a people,” a check stated.

“These issues embody a pile-up of a Retirement Fund, casino matters, land remuneration disputes, and a increasing rapist activity around a islands opposite residents and visitors alike.

“Some of these argumentative issues are tentative and such as a casino, though stiffer rapist penalties are being implemented.”

The check settled that it is “necessary to strengthen inaugurated officials from being targeted by discontented persons by exempting vehicles used by inaugurated officials from a window tinting limitation and supervision permit image requirement. This will safeguard that inaugurated officials can't be simply pounded while travelling on a highway or in a parked vehicle. Elected officials can't effectively strengthen themselves from mistreat while travelling on a highway in an un-tinted car clearly manifest to everybody and simply identified with a supervision permit plate.”

The check proposes to rectify a supplies of a law so it will state:

“(e) Tinting Prohibited. No chairman shall work or use a supervision car that has any tinting materials on a windows. This subsection shall not request to law coercion vehicles nor to vehicles used, owned, leased or reserved to a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or other inaugurated officials. Violation of this subsection shall be an in fraction, punishable by a excellent of adult to $500 and/or 3 days of imprisonment.”

Section 4 of 1 CMC Subsection 7406 (g) (3) will also be nice to read:

“This subsection shall not request to unmarked law coercion vehicles nor to vehicles used, owned, leased or reserved to a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, inaugurated officials or judges.”

In an talk on Friday, Cruz pronounced a vigilant of his check is not to abuse an inaugurated official’s payoff though merely to strengthen lives.

“It’s since of a risk when it comes to vicious issues like land remuneration and a lot of polite complaints too. It’s for a reserve of inaugurated officials. You never know what’s in a minds of a people, generally those who are not happy and are discontented about a decisions of inaugurated officials or judges in vicious cases,” he said.

The Department of Public Safety has announced that it will be enforcing a Government Vehicle Act and has told all supervision officials to approve with it, including a tinting restrictions.


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Cost of low-emissivity ceiling at the RECC to pay for itself in energy savings

But that expenditure should pay for itself within four to six years through reduced energy savings, Colchester County council recently heard.

“And our ice would be better, our equipment would work less frequently and it would be the solution (to previous ice-making issues),” Deputy Mayor Bill Masters said.

“Now, that is the determination that those experts made,” he said of architectural and engineering officials who were consulted on the issue.

The matter was raised by Councillor Geoff Stewart at council’s last Committee of the Whole meeting in response to a call for tenders recently issued by the municipality for installation of a low-emissivity ceiling.

“Is that something that we had discussed here that I missed,” he asked, “that we were going to fund or pay funds to put in a new ceiling at the RECC?”

The decision to install the ceiling had actually not come before council but had been made by the RECC’s project steering committee, which has the authority to approve capital expenditures at the facility.

The cost is to be split evenly between the county and the Town of Truro.

Masters, who is a member of the committee, said the low-emissivity ceiling will be similar to one installed at the Brookfield Sportsplex during the 1990s, which acts as a barrier from heat generated through the roof by the sun.

Council heard that the alternative to solving ice-making problems, which delayed the opening of the RECC’s hockey rink last fall, would have been to install additional equipment that would have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and added to the facility’s operating expenses.

Masters said the low-emissivity ceiling will only be placed over the ice-surface itself and that it should not “substantially” affect the acoustics in the centre during future concerts.

“Certainly it’s the only way to go,” Coun. Mike Cooper commented, “because the alternative is putting more equipment in which will cost us a fortune.”

 

 

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Raley’s chain adopts new grocery water, energy savings program

West Sacramento-based Raley’s is rolling out a cleaning and sanitation program designed to save millions of gallons of water and dramatically lower its energy costs.

Using products developed by St. Paul, Minn.-based Ecolab, the grocery chain hopes to implement the program in all its Raley’s, Bel Air and Nob Hill Foods stores by the end of April.

The local grocer, which has more than 120 stores in California and northern Nevada, says it is the first retailer in North America to use the newly developed Ecolab program, which focuses on products and procedures that require less labor, water, energy and waste.

“We’ve worked with Ecolab for a long time, but we’re the first with this new program. Our size as a regional retailer tends to be a great testing ground for this,” Megan Burritt, Raley’s director of wellness and sustainability, said in a Friday interview.

Once fully in place, Raley’s says the program will annually save about 4 million gallons of water, 7.5 million kilowatt-hours of energy, 100 tons in shipping and 23,000 hours of labor. The company did not disclose how much it spent on the new cleaning systems.

Ecolab products, with names like Whiteout Power Foam, LmENTARY, SolidSense and SaniSave, are a line of patented cleaning foams, no-rinse floor sanitizers, deli slicer cleaners and energy- and water-saving sink systems.

Burritt said Raley’s began using the Ecolab products late last year. She said the process does not involve installation of major equipment, but store workers are being trained in cleaning and sanitizing using different techniques and materials.

For example, Ecolab’s SaniSave liquid cleans and sanitizes deli slicers that traditionally are cleaned with two products in a wash-rinse-sanitize process. Similarly, the SolidSense three-compartment sink is designed to quickly cut through grease and sanitize food pans in a fraction of time compared with a traditional water-wash sanitization method.

“It’s just much simpler and quicker with these processes,” Burritt said. “For our customers, what we’re talking about is behind the counter … anything holding meat, seafood, salads or cleaning rotisseries. Anything that touches food.”

She said Ecolab products will also simplify the process of cleaning floors and, because they work with cooler water, Raley’s can save on its water-heating costs. “All of it helps us reduce our impact on the environment.”

Ecolab Inc. bills itself as a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services for clients in food services, hospitality, health care, industrial and oil/gas sectors. The company’s Ecolab name was adopted in 1986, but its roots date back to 1923, when it started as Economics Laboratory.

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Snow may be falling on the first day of spring, but warmer weather is right around the corner. The change in season is the perfect reminder to weatherize your home to ensure it is as energy efficient as possible, saving energy and money.Here are some easy steps customers can take to make a difference:— Keep it sealed: Inspect the caulking or weather stripping around windows, doors and any openings for utility services. A drafty house lets cool air escape and is much more costly to keep cool – especially during warmer weather.— Clear the air: Replacing your old central air conditioner with a new ENERGY STAR-qualified model can reduce your cooling costs by as much as 30 percent. Change your filter regularly to ensure optimal performance.— Upgrade your insulation: Insulating your home can significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, while increasing the comfort of your home in both hot and cold weather.— Consider the benefits of yard work. Proper selection and placement of trees, shrubs, and vines adds attractiveness and also helps lower the heating and cooling needs of a home.PECO encourages customers to always put safety first. Customers are reminded to dial 811 at least three days before digging to ensure the area is safe for planting.Here are a few tips to help you stay cool when the summer heat is on!— Manage your thermostat: Keep thermostats set at a constant, comfortable level. Just by raising your thermostat from 72 to 78 degrees, you could save up to 6 percent off your cooling bills.— Stay shaded: If possible, keep your room air conditioner out of the sun. Room air conditioners work best when kept cool. Close blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day. This keeps the strong sunlight from heating your home.— Be a fan: Consider installing a ceiling fan. During warmer weather a ceiling fan will create a cool breeze and keep the air circulating in your home.— Cool the kitchen: Instead of using your oven or stove in warmer weather, which can generate more heat, fire up the outdoor grill for cooking. You also can use your microwave or other countertop appliances in place of the stove or oven.Looking for even more ways to save energy and money? With PECO Smart House Call, we’ll send an energy advisor to your home, provide a personal energy assessment and offer energy-efficient upgrades on the spot. By identifying energy-efficiency opportunities around your home, you could save up to 20 percent on your monthly energy bill. Learn more at the PECO Energy Smart Ideas webpage or call 1-888-5PECO-SAVE.

Window tinting’s dark benefits

Reasons for removing a vehicle’s windows coloured go distant over cultured benefits, adding advantages such as reserve and privacy, as good as preserving a investment in a car.

“Window tinting does a lot of good,” pronounced Jeff Childers during Park Avenue Detailing.

Different states have opposite tinting laws, though Indiana allows non-reflective stain along a tip of a windshield above a manufacturer’s AS-1 line. On a front side, behind side, and behind windows, a stain contingency concede in some-more than 30 percent of light.

The front side and behind side windows contingency not be some-more than 25 percent reflective. There are no restrictions for side mirrors, and no tone of stain is categorically banned, Childers explained.

Some states do not concede window tinting on a front windows during all. In other states, it is bootleg to stain a behind windows. And still in other states, window tinting isn’t regulated during all.

Window tinting can keep out damaging ultra-violet rays, a advantage to both a driver, passengers, and a car’s interior, he said.

Typical windows retard out many UVB rays, though a tiny apportionment of UVA rays still pass through.

According to a American Cancer Society, window tinting helps retard out these rays, though that depends on a form of tinting. Check with a window film installer to see what forms work best.

Brandon Yard, window film installer during Park Avenue Detailing in Kokomo, pronounced window tinting is also good for people with supportive eyes.

“You can get an grant from your eye alloy or skin alloy so that we can indeed stain your automobile as dim as we wish it legally,” he said. “It’s like a medication basically.”

Not usually does a film forestall critical repairs to a skin, though it also minimizes vanishing of your car’s furnishings, like a seats, dashboard, mats, and stereo equipment.

“It saves on your interior. It stops it from vanishing and enormous your lurch and harming your seats,” pronounced Yard.

Additionally, in an automobile accident, tinting indeed can assistance reason cracked potion together, safeguarding a occupants of a car.

Tinting also reduces dangerous glisten from a sun, snow, and other headlights, assisting drivers expostulate some-more safely. Furthermore, it helps umpire a car’s temperature.

“It keeps a automobile cooler in a interior in a summer, and a atmosphere conditioning doesn’t take as prolonged to cold it down,” he said.

Tinting works a same approach on residential and blurb windows, assisting with heating and cooling costs, too, he said.

“It also reduces a heat, a glare, and it saves economically as distant as heating and cooling—as good as adds remoteness only like in a vehicle,” he said.

When asked either there’s a improved time during a year to implement window tinting, Childers pronounced no.

“Window tinting can be commissioned scrupulously all year long,” he said. “The feverishness doesn’t impact a tinting.”

Raley’s chain adopts new grocery water, energy savings

West Sacramento-based Raley’s is rolling out a cleaning and sanitation program designed to save millions of gallons of water and dramatically lower its energy costs.

Using products developed by St. Paul, Minn.-based Ecolab, the grocery chain hopes to implement the program in all its stores by the end of April. Raley’s operates more than 120 stores in California and Northern Nevada.

Raley’s says it is the first retailer in North America to implement the full Ecolab program, which focuses on products and procedures that require less labor, water, energy and waste.

Ecolab products include patented cleaning foams, no-rinse floor sanitizers, specialized deli slicer cleaners and energy- and water-saving sink systems.

Once fully implemented, Raley’s says the program will annually save about 4 million gallons of water, 7.5 million kilowatt-hours of energy, 100 tons of shipping and 23,000 hours of labor.

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Rockford Named One of Illinois’ Top "Green" Communities

ROCKFORD – Rockford receives a “Green in 2015″ award.

The city held a press conference today to detail the amount of electricity, money and pollution saved using Citizens Utility Board (CUB) Energy Saver.

CUB presented the city with the award, saying Rockford is one of the top 10 communities for the highest electricity savings. Rockford is number 5 on the list, having saved a total of 536,518 kilowatts an hour.

Residents in the Forest City have saved over $42,000 according to CUB Energy Saver’s website. City officials say the award attests to the community’s effort.

“The award means to the City of Rockford that our citizens are taking energy savings seriously and they’re making those efforts to save, not only consumption, but money,” said Marcy Leach, Engineering Operations Manager of the City of Rockford.

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