Bes-Tech, Inc. and St. John’s Air, Inc. Join Forces to Deliver Energy …

Bes-Tech, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of St. John’s Air, Inc. to the Bes-Tech National Dealer Network. St. John’s will deliver energy savings to their clients using Bes- Tech’s product line and noted Digi-RTU® optimization kit for rooftop air-conditioning.

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Bes-Tech, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of St. John’s Air, Inc. to the Bes-Tech National Dealer Network. St. John’s will deliver energy savings to their clients using Bes-Tech’s product line and noted Digi-RTU® optimization kit for rooftop air-conditioning.

As the winner of the 2011 American Public Power Association’s DEED Energy Innovator Award, the Digi- RTU® has been shown to be the most innovative and energy efficient rooftop HVAC unit control package on the market. It has a proven track record of reducing energy consumption and demand by greater than 65% with a typical ROI of 2 to 4 years. The Digi-RTU® is a simple plug-n-save solution for existing RTUs that enables building owners to increase the efficiency of existing and new rooftop units.

“Bes-Tech is delighted to have St. John’s Air, Inc. serve as a dealer in our network. We are looking forward to the multiple benefits that this partnership will bring to both our companies and clients,” said Bruce Geary, Vice President of Sales Marketing at Bes-Tech, Inc. Derek Krzywonski, President of St. John’s Air, Inc. also expressed his gratitude, saying, “Bes-Tech has what may be the best vehicle to help our customers realize true energy savings. If you are not on board, you are way behind!” St. John’s Air, Inc. is located in Jacksonville, Fl. and will have access to Bes-Tech’s line of technologies.

About St. John’s Air, Inc.

St. John’s Air, Inc. is a leading Commercial/Industrial HVAC Mechanical Contractor providing professional heating and air conditioning services to area general contractors in North Florida and South Georgia.

About Bes-Tech, Inc.

Bes-Tech has been a leader in energy efficient building systems technologies for the past ten years. The company was founded on proven scientific engineering processes and technologies that reduce peak energy demand, minimize energy usage, and maximize energy efficiency. Bes-Tech actively works to lower the carbon footprint of the built environment.

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Obama’s New Climate Rules Will Hurt Poor, Minority Americans the Most

“We know that low-income, minority communities would be hardest hit.”

That’s Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, speaking about the higher energy prices that would result from the Obama administration’s recently announced climate regulations on power plants.

The Clean Power Plan, which will require drastic cuts in 47 states’ carbon dioxide emissions—consequently shifting America’s energy economy away from affordable, reliable coal—will adversely impact poor minority families the most.

McCarthy downplayed that fact by saying any minimal higher prices would be offset by implementing energy efficiency measures that would save consumers money in the long run.

In fact, as part of the regulation, the EPA “prioritizes early investment in energy efficiency projects in low-income communities by the federal government, awarding these projects double the number of credits in 2020 and 2021.”

But energy efficiency programs won’t save low- and fixed-income families. While the median family spends about 5 cents out of every dollar on energy costs, low-income families spend about 20 cents of every dollar.

And the economic pain from the regulations won’t be simply the direct costs of higher energy prices. It will be the higher prices for all the goods we purchase. Energy, after all, is a necessary component to manufacture those goods.

Besides, federal and state programs already exist to promote energy savings for low-income families. Through the Department of Energy’s annual budget, taxpayers fund a weatherization assistance program to make efficiency upgrades in homes, and many state programs exist doing the same. However, many of these programs overpromise and under-deliver on energy savings.

Sherzod Abdukadirov, a research fellow on regulatory studies at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, writes:

One recent study examined the DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps low-income families improve energy efficiency of their homes by, among other things, paying for furnace replacement. The study found that the DOE’s models used to calculate the expected energy savings actually overestimated the savings 2.5 times. The study notes that the DOE uses similar models to estimate the energy savings for energy-efficiency standards for residential appliances. Other studies similarly found that actual energy savings received by consumers are only a fraction of the original estimates.

It is not necessarily a win for low-income families if states choose to implement more stringent energy efficiency mandates to comply with the Clean Power Plan.

In fact, it could be a big loss. Poorer families tend to have very low savings, if any at all. For many, their priorities are putting food on the table and making sure the bills are paid from month to month. They may prefer cheaper appliances and light bulbs as opposed to mandated pricier ones (studies show that they do).

While the median family spends about 5 cents out of every dollar on energy costs, low-income families spend about 20 cents of every dollar.

Forcing low-income families to pay higher upfront costs for a washing machine for dubious savings isn’t desirable if the government is taking money and choices away from more pressing needs that are in the families’ self-interest.

Driving up the price of these products for questionable long-term energy savings is doing even more harm to these families than helping them.

Arguing that increasing energy prices with regulations will save money by forcing energy-efficient product purchases is equivalent to cutting employees’ salaries and telling them that they will save money by shopping at Target. Just as the option to save money at Target existed before the pay cut, families and businesses already have an incentive to purchase energy-efficient products.

When the government mandates efficiency, it removes that choice and makes consumers worse off.

States could also choose not to implement energy efficiency mandates. They could instead put in place a carbon tax, implement a cap-and-trade program, or force pricier renewable energy mandates on families and businesses.

The point is, no matter what states choose to do, the economic pain will be felt, which is why Congress and state officials need to reject the regulation entirely.

A few weeks ago, President Barack Obama blasted critics of his Clean Power Plan, saying, “Even more cynical, we’ve got critics of this plan who are actually claiming that this will harm minority and low-income communities—even though climate change hurts those Americans the most, who are the most vulnerable.”

But this plan will hurt minority and low-income families the most, as McCarthy has admitted. And energy efficiency handouts and mandates are certainly not going to be a panacea for the federal government’s energy-raising, job-crushing climate regulations.

Originally distributed by the McClatchy Tribune wire. 

Low Oil Prices Are an Opportunity, says Energy Director

The cost of home heating oil in Maine is unusually low right now, thanks to falling crude oil prices, and Patrick Woodcock, director of the Governor’s Energy Office, sees it as an opportunity.

“Heating oil prices this low are freeing up dollars that Maine households can use to invest in energy efficiency and heating system upgrades,” he said in a press release. “When prices rise again, those investments will pay dividends. Now is the time to plan ahead.”

Brian Robinson, an Energy Advisor with Evergreen Home Performance, agrees. “Savvy homeowners are reinvesting that fuel savings ‘bonus’ in their homes and making improvements that will reduce their fuel use – and expenses – permanently.” As a certified energy auditor, Robinson assesses homes and engineers home comfort and energy-saving improvements like air sealing and insulation. Those comprehensive upgrades can cut home energy use by 25-50%, reducing fuel costs permanently.

“The beauty of improved energy efficiency is that the savings don’t depend on the price of fuel,” says Robinson.

A FREE Energy Consult is the first step toward those upgrades and energy savings that last, no matter what happens to the price of fuel.  Contact Evergreen at 594-2244 to learn more and to schedule your FREE energy consult.

 

David Weekley presents homes that help boost energy savings

  • David Weekley’s homes in Cinco Ranch feature the latest energy-efficient building techniques, while maintaining an open-concept design with ample space for entertaining.

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David Weekley’s homes in Cinco Ranch feature the latest energy-efficient building techniques, while maintaining an open-concept design with ample space for entertaining.



David Weekley Homes is building in Ashfield Gardens in Cinco Ranch. One of the nation’s largest private builders, David Weekley has homes on 55- and 65-foot homesites in this Katy community.

Homes in the 55-foot section are priced from the $350,000s and range from 2,200 to 3,000 square feet, with one home ready for immediate move-in.

Homes in the 65-foot section of Ashfield Gardens are priced from the $410,000s and range from 2,500 to 3,200 square feet. Three homes in this section are ready for move-in.

David Weekley’s homes in Cinco Ranch feature the latest energy-efficient building techniques, while maintaining an open-concept design with ample space for entertaining.

The builder’s homes in the Houston area are EnergySaver homes backed by the Environments For Living program’s heating and cooling energy-usage guarantee. On average, EnergySaver homes in the Houston area are 42 percent more energy-efficient than a home built in 2006.

In addition to offering homes with excellent energy savings, Ashfield Gardens affords access to the Westpark Tollway, Texas 99, shopping and dining at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, and proximity to the west Houston Energy Corridor.

Homeowners enjoy access to a community center with a workout room and a clubhouse for gatherings. There also is a water park with two slides and a resort-style swimming pool and spray park. For the outdoor enthusiast, golfing is within reach at an 18-hole golf course and 76-acre Spring Green Amenity Center.

Both communities offer an array of distinct floor plans to suit any lifestyle, whether you have a growing family that desires more space or want a low-maintenance home just outside the city.

To learn more about Ashfield Gardens, call 281-249-7815.

Suntrol Earns Veteran-Owned Small Business Designation

Suntrol, one of a largest window film companies in Cleveland, is now famous by a dialect of Veteran Affairs as a veteran-owned tiny business.

As such, a association has been combined to a department’s database.

“Earning a VOSB nomination is another implausible miracle for us,” says John Hansen, owner. “It’s truly an honor.”

Suntrol is in the 40th year of business and specializes in blurb and residential window film application.

Exhibition Floor Nearly Sold Out for International Window Film Conference and …

The International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ (WFCT) 2015 muster building is only about sole out. A really singular volume of booths are accessible for a arriving event, that will be hold Sep 30 – Oct 2 during a Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nev. For some-more information on sponsoring and securing one of a final counter spaces, greatfully perspective a WFCT Sponsorship Agreement Form.

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Solar panels adding up to big savings for Oceanside

OCEANSIDE — Solar panels will be added to five city sites, and rack up $8 million in savings over 25 years.

City Council approved a power purchase agreement with PFMG Solar LLC, of Huntington Beach, in early August. Solar panels will be installed at police headquarters, Fire Station 7, the city operations center, Melba Bishop Recreation Center and EL Corazon Senior Center.

The locations were selected for phase I of a solar energy project that the city hopes to expand.

“It’s something new for us,” John McKelvey, management analyst for Oceanside Water Utilities Department and project manager, said. “If we can prove it can be done, there are a lot more possibilities.”

Large parking lot shade structures will be built at the five sites to hold the solar equipment on top. The police station will also have solar panels on the building’s roof.

Shaded parking for city vehicles and the public is an extra bonus.

“The facilities will benefit right away,” McKelvey said.

Equipment will be installed and maintained by PFMG Solar, and sized to meet the needs of each site. Any extra solar energy will go back on the grid.

“The only thing we’re responsible for is buying the energy,” McKelvey said. “The size of the system won’t generate anything beyond use.”

The solar project provides a stable local energy source that is not subject to SDGE expected rate increases.

A modest projection of city energy savings is $75,000 a year.

The project also reduces the city’s greenhouse gas impact, gives Oceanside state renewable energy credits and creates jobs.

The city has the option to purchase the solar equipment at the end of the 25-year agreement, or have it removed. A decision has not been made, but it’s known the equipment degrades and produces fewer solar kilowatt-hours with each passing year.

McKelvey said the equipment will be fully appreciated at the end of 25 years.

Oceanside approved an agreement and installation of a one-megawatt solar field at the San Luis Rey Water Reclamation Facility five years ago, which has generated electricity for the past three years. The solar energy system produces 25 percent of the plant’s power usage, and saves the city more than $82,000 annually.

Lawsuit Claims Tint to Blame in Fatal Hit of Teen Jogger

A lawsuit alleging that window stain contributed to an collision that killed a 15-year-old has been filed in a Supreme Court of a State of New York—and it’s opposite a motorist and a tinter that commissioned a film.

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The censure has been filed with a New York State Supreme Court.

Though a police report that pronounced stain was not a causing factor, Elvia Daniels has filed a polite censure opposite Jason Hills and “ABC Tint Shop” (a pseudonym given for a tinter, who has nonetheless to be identified) for loosening and what she believes was a prejudicial genocide of her daughter Jenna Daniels.

“On Nov 15, 2014, Hills was a owners of a 2005 Ford pickup lorry … At some time before to Nov 15, 2014, ABC practical tinting to a windshield and side windows of a Automobile,” a censure reads. It goes on to contend that Hills operated a car that struck Jenna, who after died of her injuries.

“At a time of a Crash, a windows of a car were coloured in a demeanour that prevented protected operation of a Automobile, that disregarded New York Vehicle Traffic Law,” a justice request reads.

New York’s central law per coloured windows is that a windshield can usually have 6 inches of stain during a tip and 70 percent on a front windows, with any commission on a back windows.

Daniels is seeking for an volume in additional of $25,000 from Hill for loosening and also ABC, that her lawyers explain “knowingly or negligently practical tinting to a windows of a Automobile that rendered a Automobile vulnerable to operate, that tinting almost contributed to causing a Crash.

They are also seeking any suspect for an additional volume in additional of $25,000 for saving damages, wake waste and other losses.

Hills and ABC Tint Shop were released summonses requesting them to “produce any request depicting, describing, referencing or concerning any window tinting on a Automobile during a time of a Crash” and “produce any request reflecting any transaction between or among a defendant(s) concerning a focus of shading or tinting to a potion of a Automobile or of any engine vehicle.”

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IWFA to be an Exhibiting Sponsor of a 2015 International Window Film …

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

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

We spoke with Darrell Smith, executive director, on what a organisation will be charity on a uncover floor.

 

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

DS: At a show, a IWFA counter will be staffed invariably by members of a Members Action Committee (MAC) of a IWFA. These play and distributor volunteers will be there to answer questions about a advantages of IWFA membership; about how being a member of a IWFA or portion on a MAC has benefitted them privately or in their business efforts. They can examination a novel and educational materials accessible and denote how they can be used in a play or distributor’s possess business. In addition, several IWFA officers will be visiting during a counter on a unchanging basis, so if there are any questions about a organization, there will be someone there to answer them. This is an eventuality to learn first-hand what a IWFA is unequivocally about yet customarily discussion about it from someone else who competence not have a full bargain of what we or your association competence need. So come see for yourself! Ask your possess questions, and get your possess answers!

 

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

DS: As partial of a ongoing programs for membership, a IWFA had motionless to try to offer several informal preparation seminars any year around a U.S. When a venue for a WFCT 2015 in Reno was announced, we immediately contacted Debra Levy and started to try a probability of a IWFA informal discussion being transposed by a one-day IWFA Education Day hold as partial of a WFCT. Based on a good co-operation and coherence shown to us by Debra Levy, even yet this is truly a sponsorship, she has done it feel some-more like a partnership.

 

WFM:  Why do we cruise a International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ is critical to a window film industry?

DS: Much of this attention developed creatively from a automotive marketplace. While dealers were building a residential and/or blurb patron base, they were doing cars. While everybody was watchful for payments from those blurb business to start to come in on those vast jobs, they were enjoying a money upsurge from a cash-and-carry automotive business. Most of this attention grew adult on a automotive segment, and many of today’s dealers were concerned in automotive during some time, if not still; many of a installers schooled on cars initial (many times their own). So no matter that partial of a marketplace someone is operative in today, carrying a designation foe along with a discussion is most like apropos grounded in a observance of a roots of industry.

 

WFM: Do we have any recommendations for a Tint-Off™ competitors?

DS: In other things we do people tell us to “never cut corners.” Here we suggest that we do cut corners, yet that we customarily do them all intensely well. More seriously, though, remember that flaws concede from your scores and generally time is delegate to a measure so prolonged as we stay within a allotment, so customarily use your time wisely and work purify and carefully.

 

WFM: Are there any uncover specials your association would like us to announce or share early?

DS: Some competence or competence not cruise it to be a “special” yet from now until 5 p.m. on Oct 1, that is IWFA Education Day during a show, IWFA play membership impost for a year are reduced to customarily $125 and anyone who is a member during a uncover can take as many as all 4 accreditation tests being offering there for FREE. These are customarily $100 each. A non-member customarily pays $300 for any test, yet during a uncover will compensate customarily $150 each. However, that non-member can join a IWFA for a full year and suffer a membership advantages (including being listed on a installer locator territory of a website) and afterwards take a exam for free. So if anyone is meddlesome in membership or in holding an accreditation test, or both, these are good deals! Just hit a IWFA bureau during [email protected] or (276)666-4932 to pointer up. You can wait until a show, yet we competence run out of investigate time to pass a test.

 

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Tint-Off™ Divisions Reach Record-Breaking Numbers for 2015

With International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ (WFCT) 2015 right around a corner, news surrounding a annual competitions is unequivocally starting to feverishness up! We wish to see past competitors during this year’s event, as good as several new faces.

Now in a 15th year, a annual event, once again sponsored by Window Film magazine, will move together all aspects of a window film attention for a attendee-favorite Tint-Off™ competitions. With record-breaking foe numbers, a Paint Protection Film (PPF) Division has combined another feverishness to accommodate for a additional competitors. Our Automotive Division numbers sojourn unchanging with final year’s totals, and a Architectural Division binds an uptick from 2014 as well. We are even welcoming returning and new Sponsors to have their film in use for all 3 groups of a Tint-Off.

Join us on a muster building to watch a best in a business contest to win money prizes totaling some-more than $26,000. For a many present report and information, greatfully continue to check a Schedule during a Glance.

Support your favorite competitor, and make certain we watch this year’s, certain to be memorable, Tint-Off competitions. For some-more sum on WFCT, greatfully revisit a central eventuality website during http://windowfilmmag.com/wfct/.

Tint World?? Earns National Mobile Electronics Recognition Award

BOCA RATON, Fla., Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Tint World, a heading automobile appendage and window tinting franchise, has been famous as one of a tip tradesman store bondage of 12 volt upgrades by Mobile Electronics Magazine. Named Retailer of a Year-Store Chain runner-up for a 2015 Mobile Electronics Industry Awards, Tint World has been identified for a joining to a 12 volt attention dual years in a row.

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“Each Tint World plcae provides consumers consultant recommendation when it comes to mobile electronic sales and installations,” pronounced Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World. “As a tip tradesman store chain, we are vehement to continue a expansion in a 12 volt attention and essay to yield enthusiasts of all levels a event to have their car, truck, motorcycle or vessel professionally customized with styling accessories, opening upgrades, connected automobile 12 Volt record and reserve features.”

Exclusive to retailers, installers, vendors and technicians in a mobile wiring industry, Mobile Electronics Magazine’s annual Industry Awards respect companies and people that reflect a tip standards of professionalism, business ethics, use and expertise. The tip 12 finalists for a 2015 awards were announced before to a Aug awards rite hold during Knowledgefest in Dallas, Texas. Tint World warranted a Retailer of a Year-Store Chain endowment in 2014.

“To be named a tip dual finalist for a second true year signifies a efforts in being a heading provider of mobile wiring sales and installations is being famous via a industry,” pronounced Bonfiglio. “As Tint World’s strech continues to grow globally, we’ll sojourn indifferent in a efforts to make a association tip of mind when it comes to mobile wiring and customization.”

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

About Tint World

Founded in 1982, Tint World has grown to turn an award-winning franchised provider of automotive, residential, blurb and sea window tinting and confidence film services. With Automotive Styling Centers in a U.S. and abroad, any authorization plcae houses approximately 20 distinction centers trimming from in-store services that embody window tinting, mobile wiring automobile accessories, detailing and restoration, and automobile repair; and off-site sales including residential, blurb and sea tinting and window film installations. To find out more, greatfully revisit www.tintworld.com and tintworldfranchise.com.

Tint World Contact:

Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO

[email protected]

(800) 767-8468

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Boston Window Tinting Company, Tint King, Tints Ghostbuster Vehicles for Movie …

While many window stain companies are famous for providing good products and good service, it’s not each day that they are famous for personification a partial in scheming vehicles for film shoots. However, Tint King, a Boston window tinting company, has achieved this standing by being selected to stain a windows of a vehicles that will be used in a Ghostbuster movie.

tint-king-logo.jpgAlthough a Ghostbuster film looks set to be expelled in cinemas during a march of subsequent year only, a employees during Tint King are already tough during work ensuring that all of a tinting that is being commissioned on these vehicles is achieved according to a top peculiarity and attention standards possible. This not usually ensures that a finish formula demeanour as good as possible; it also means that a work finished will final a prolonged time.

Tint King also provides an endless operation of window film products that are suitable for home and bureau structures, as good as some of a best peculiarity car paint insurance products, ensuring that their business are always totally confident with a finish results.

Vehicle and skill owners who would like some-more information on a products and services offering by Tint King can obtain it here: http://www.tint-king.com.

About Tint King

Trust Tint King to broach an superb window stain use done accurately for your needs. With over 20,000 window templates for cars and regulating dual opposite computer-cut systems, a finish outcome is a custom-fit window film that can usually be achieved by tinting professionals like us. Our record extends over stain jobs and also includes a customized Paint Protection use for cars and other vehicles.
Tint King certified play has an superb repute for a peculiarity of a installations. Constantly updating their equipment, mastering new techniques, and regulating a excellent films on a market, a professionals during Tint King yield unmatched peculiarity in a window film designation industry. Boston Commercial Window Tint, Residential Home Tinting Service, Window Film

Learn from a Experts: WFCT Breakout Sessions

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

Our row of experts has been hand-selected to pronounce on areas to assistance boost your believe and yield an unrivalled knowledge for all in attendance. Choose between a dual dermatitis sessions and reap a advantages of what they have to offer.

Wednesday, Sep 30 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Breakout Session: Adding Vehicle Wrapping, PPF to Your Business (Joint Session)

Two of a fastest-growing aftermarket sectors—paint insurance film and vinyl wrapping—are primary markets for automotive tinters to enter into. Learn because and how we should supplement these products to your stream offerings.

Rick Kozlow

Rick Kozlow

Rick Kozlow, boss of Window Solutions in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, is celebrating his 20th year in a window film industry. Kozlow was a third-place Paint Protection Film Division leader during a 2014 WFCT in Baltimore. He has mixed certifications in car wraps, PPF and window film. Kozlow has helped with new product development, as good as demonstrations and training.

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Wednesday, Sep 30 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Breakout Session: Opportunities in a Decorative Film Market

Decorative film is one of a many in-demand products in a window film industry. It competence be time to supplement it to your portfolio. Find out how to make a limit distinction domain and learn that sectors of a marketplace are primary targets for musical film products.

Mickey C

Mickey Calcott

After starting his career as a window film installer, Micky Calcott took a eventuality to start his possess association in 1998. Seventeen years later, The Window Film Company UK Ltd. is one of a many successful companies in a industry. Based in Buckinghamshire, England, The Window Film Company now employs 28 members of staff and covers a whole of a UK. Providing both a supply usually and an designation service, a association specializes in both architectural and musical solutions, with a dedicated imitation and graphics dialect delivering high quality, far-reaching format imitation and graphics solutions.

Zoilo

Zoilo Centeno

Zoilo Centeno, owner of VEGO Inc., a striking mentoring and phony company, shaped in Costa Mesa, Calif. Centeno always strives to sojourn on a slicing corner of film record and forward of rising opportunities. His window film designation company, Wintech Solutions, is a profitable source for Centeno to pull on to sign stream marketplace final and designation techniques. Combining 31 years of high peculiarity window film designation standards, 5 years of wide-format striking printing, a credentials of mechanism information systems from Cal Poly Pomona, and open-relationships with vital attention people creates him a profitable consultant to any window film play seeking to supplement or urge to their musical film marketplace share. VEGO Inc. was shaped in 2010 to be an open-source knowledge-base for window film dealers and their striking plan needs.

To perspective a full convention choice and descriptions, greatfully click here. Educational seminars are indeterminate and theme to change.

Take advantage of this eventuality to hear from these speakers and many more. Register now to take partial in a full educational offerings. Act now as pre-registration discounts finish September 8.

Join us in Reno and support a eventuality that is focused on film. Learn some-more about WFCT during http://windowfilmmag.com/wfct.

Bridgeton residents offered help with energy savings

BRIDGETON – Those seeking help in their homes with energy efficiency can turn to Gateway Community Action Partnership, who have just been given the OK for a reimbursable federal grant.

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs will help facilitate a $490,300 U.S. Department of Energy grant for the community action program, which Gateway can use to help low-income residents weatherize their homes.

The announcement was made in a news release by 3rd District legislators Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Deputy Speaker John J. Burzichelli and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro.

“The cost of owning and maintaining a home is a difficult burden for many of our residents,” Sweeney said in the release. “That is especially true when it comes to paying the monthly utility bills. This grant will help people modernize and improve their homes and save money at the same time.”

Gateway Community Action Partnership is one of the largest community action programs in the state, serving Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.

Mayor Albert Kelly, who is also the president and CEO of Gateway, likewise celebrated the grant.

“It’s going to help many people during this winter but also year-round,” Kelly said. “When you weatherize homes, it’s to make them more secure. It’s going to help families.”

What the grant does specifically is provide weatherization services, including air sealing, weather stripping, insulation, improvements in lighting and replacing outdated appliances with more energy efficient ones.

“Beating the summer heat and surviving a rough winter is a lot easier to do when you have a properly sealed home,” Burzichelli said. “The rising cost of electricity forces many people to sweat out paying their bills. This grant will ease that burden.”

“Energy efficiency is the best way to make sure homeowners can cut costs while maintaining their quality of life,” Taliaferro said. “This is great news for the residents of our district.”

Kelly said those in the city looking to apply for help through Gateway can sign up on its website or call (856) 455-5900.

Daniel J. Kov; (856) 563-5262; [email protected]

Polaris reduces energy usage for significant savings

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Polaris Inc. is a worldwide company with a facility in Spirit Lake that manufactures select Indian and Victory motorcycles. To save energy and money at their 225,000-square foot facility, Polaris installed new lighting, variable frequency drives, variable speed fans and other energy-efficient HVAC equipment. The company expects to save more than 1,207,334 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. The energy savings totals $78,477 annually and is part of the company’s overall sustainability plan to reduce usage and its impact on the environment.

“Energy efficiency is a key part of our process,” said Joe Biehn, manufacturing, engineering and facilities manager with Polaris. “We continue to look for ways to reduce costs while reducing our impact on the environment. By working with Alliant Energy, we were able to install technology that reduces our costs while increasing the productivity of our facility. This is a win-win situation for our hard-working employees and our customers.”

In addition to energy and cost savings, Polaris received a rebate of $88,128 through Alliant Energy’s Industrial New Construction program.

“Polaris incorporates energy efficiency into several aspects of their production,” said Rebecca Gisel, Alliant Energy key account manager. “Energy efficiency is a long-term investment that can help spur additional economic opportunities for our customers and communities. Polaris is a great example of how a company can use energy efficiency to gain a competitive advantage while benefitting our environment.”

Industrial New Construction rebates are available to Alliant Energy’s retail electric and natural gas customers in the company’s Iowa service area. For more information, visit alliantenergy.com/rebates or call the Business Resource Center at 1-866-ALLIANT (1-866-255-4268).

Shippensburg military arch warns of coloured windows dangers to officer safety

SHIPPENSBURG – How dim are your automobile windows?

Some drivers supplement tinting to revoke feverishness and glare, others do it for appearance. But a internal military arch says there is such a thing as too much, and he’s endangered about his officers’ safety.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation sets a regulations for automobile window tinting, and a dialect says 70 percent of light has to be means to pass by automobile windows.

When he’s out on a streets of Shippensburg, Officer Lee Kauffman keeps an eye out for what he can’t see.

“The behind window on that Cadillac has been blacked out,” he noted, sitting in his unit automobile looking for over-tinted windows.

He pulled a automobile over, tested a window with a light meter, and came adult with 20 percent, good next a 70 percent PennDOT requires.

“What I’m going to do is, as we said, I’m going to emanate we a warning notice,” he explained to a driver.

That’s customary procession in Shippensburg: write warnings that need drivers to mislay a stain in 5 days, and lapse to a dialect to infer it. If they don’t, an officer writes a citation.

Tinting so dim we can’t see in is a reserve emanate for Shippensburg Police Chief Fred Scott.

“It could be someone sitting in a behind chair with an uzi, a shotgun, anything,” Scott said. “I have no idea.”

Since 1999, Scott has been going after a change in a law as aggressively as his officers go after violators.

In ’96, PennDOT altered a regulations, so stain was no longer partial of a investigation process.

Scott wants it behind in and writes minute after minute to lawmakers and administrators to try to make it happen.

“I had one, 5 percent,” he said. “It was down to 5 percent. Now, what’s a luck of my officer being means to see in that car?”

Justin Davis runs Auto Reflections out of his garage in Carlisle. He was bustling requesting a 20 percent film to a lorry Tuesday evening. That’s a same turn of stain that led to a warning in Shippensburg.

“It seems it’s arrange of open to interpretation,” Davis said. “Each patrolman has their possess opinion on it.”

That’s true, to an extent.

The law itself doesn’t anxiety PennDOT’s 70 percent, yet military can still write tickets for violating a regulation.

Davis explains that to his clients.

“That’s a best we can do,” he said. “It’s not going to get we out of a ticket. They flattering most assume a risks during that point, though.”

He explained his clients are not criminals, and a 70 percent threshold is distant too high, anyway. Basically, any film he puts on, he said, would violate it.

And it’s since people are seeking for it anyway that Scott continues his crusade.

“If people knew that when we got my automobile legalised once a year that that tinting was bootleg and we couldn’t get my automobile inspected,” he said, “how prolonged do we consider they’d keep doing it?”

Asked because a investigation requirement was separated in a initial place, a PennDOT orator pronounced he didn’t know.

Tint World® Earns National Mobile Electronics Recognition Award – Virtual

BOCA RATON, Fla., Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Tint World®, a heading automobile appendage and window tinting franchise, has been famous as one of a tip tradesman store bondage of 12 volt upgrades by Mobile Electronics Magazine. Named Retailer of a Year-Store Chain runner-up for a 2015 Mobile Electronics Industry Awards, Tint World® has been identified for a joining to a 12 volt attention dual years in a row.

“Each Tint World® plcae provides consumers consultant recommendation when it comes to mobile electronic sales and installations,” pronounced Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World®. “As a tip tradesman store chain, we are vehement to continue a expansion in a 12 volt attention and essay to yield enthusiasts of all levels a event to have their car, truck, motorcycle or vessel professionally customized with styling accessories, opening upgrades, connected automobile 12 Volt record and reserve features.”

Exclusive to retailers, installers, vendors and technicians in a mobile wiring industry, Mobile Electronics Magazine’s annual Industry Awards respect companies and people that reflect a tip standards of professionalism, business ethics, use and expertise. The tip 12 finalists for a 2015 awards were announced before to a Aug awards rite hold during Knowledgefest in Dallas, Texas. Tint World® warranted a Retailer of a Year-Store Chain endowment in 2014.

“To be named a tip dual finalist for a second true year signifies a efforts in being a heading provider of mobile wiring sales and installations is being famous via a industry,” pronounced Bonfiglio. “As Tint World®’s strech continues to grow globally, we’ll sojourn indifferent in a efforts to make a association tip of mind when it comes to mobile wiring and customization.”

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

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

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Window Film Get’s An ‘A+’ This Back To School Season – SYS


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WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — As students conduct behind to school, a International Window Film Association (IWFA) is charity recommendation on stairs schools might take to keep their students protected in a classroom and dorm room. From appetite assets to skin insurance to softened potion safety, professionally commissioned window film offers many advantages for propagandize districts and propagandize buses everywhere.

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“Inside a classroom, on a train or in a dorm room, if you’re sitting subsequent to a window with object streaming in, you’re during risk for UV repairs to your skin and eyes,” pronounced Darrell Smith, executive executive of a IWFA, a nonprofit organisation representing a many advantages of window film. “Window film brings involuntary and continual insurance but a need to take action,” combined Smith.

In addition, a IWFA offers a following recommendation on window film:

  • Energy Savings: Whether placed on a outward or inside of glass, window film might cut cooling costs by 30 percent, repel about 80 percent of solar feverishness benefit and offer identical appetite assets as Low-E glass. Return on investment is mostly reduction than 3 years and some utilities offer rebates for window film installation. The IWFA estimates installing window film might cost adult to 91.5 percent reduction than installing new windows.
  • Improved Glass Safety: Safety window film is a element privately engineered to reason potion fragments to a surface, alleviation a dangers of damage of drifting potion fragments. It might also check an antagonist perplexing to benefit opening by creation it harder to get by a glass, that might forestall a break-in.
  • Glare Reduction: Professionally commissioned window films can also revoke glisten by some-more than 50 percent, while permitting 30 to 80 percent of manifest light in.
  • Skin and Eye Protection: There is clever justification that unchanging bearing to indoor object might lead to health concerns, such as skin cancer and eye cataracts from a accumulative effects of indoor object exposure. Window film blocks adult to 99 percent of a sun’s UV rays, a contributing means of cancers and cataracts.

About a International Window Film Association
The International Window Film Association (IWFA) is a nonprofit classification of window film dealers, distributors and manufacturers that facilitates a expansion of a attention by providing research, conversion process and compelling consumer recognition of a many advantages of window film. Like us on Facebook follow us on Twitter and see some-more information on YouTube.

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Danville to test LEDs in streetlights for energy savings


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Danville to test LEDs in streetlights for energy savings

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Danville could save 40 to 80 percent on energy used to light up the city’s streets by switching its high-pressure sodium lights to LEDs — if the bulbs perform as advertised.

Interim Director of Danville Utilities Jason Gray told the Danville Utility Commission that before a change is made, he wants to test bulbs from various suppliers for performance, lifespan, reactions to heat and cold and ease of installation.

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City considers LED lighting a success – KELO AM

Sioux Falls, SD (KELO AM) – The City of Sioux Falls recently began an LED streetlight pilot project in six neighborhoods throughout town. The pilot project replaced 65 high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights with energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights. The new streetlights are expected to last at least 100,000 hours and will provide the same amount of light, but use about half as much energy, as the existing HPS streetlights.

The new LED streetlights were also installed on metered circuits to allow City officials to track the energy consumption of the LED lights and compare them to the traditional HPS lights. For the past four months, officials have been tracking the meters, and the results show energy savings beyond what was originally anticipated.

“We expected to see anywhere between 30 to 50 percent energy reduction with the new LED lights,” says Light and Power Superintendent Jerry Jongeling. “Our most recent metrics show that we are able to run an LED streetlight for 11 cents per day, in comparison to the 33 cents per day we spend to power a standard 250-watt HPS light. This is a cost savings of more than 50 percent, even before adding in the maintenance expense savings.”

In addition to measuring energy and cost savings, City officials also wanted to gauge the reaction of Sioux Falls residents on the quality and feel of the lights. According to a survey about the pilot project, 99 percent of respondents said they would recommend expanding the LED lighting program to more neighborhoods throughout town. The survey results listed below show the positive reaction from residents:

 

  • ·         97 percent feel the street is better lit with the new LED lights.
  • ·         94 percent feel the new LED lights make the street and surrounding area safer.
  • ·         92 percent feel the quality of the LED lights is better compared to HPS lights.
  • ·         93 percent prefer the new LED lights.

 

“It was important for us to gather feedback from the public about their impression of the quality and aesthetics of the new streetlights,” states Sustainability Coordinator Jessica Lantgen. “Sustainability is all about the triple bottom line: people, environment, and economy. In the case of the LED lights, we knew they would consume less electricity, which will in turn promote our environmental initiatives and provide cost savings. However, we wanted to incorporate the social aspect by making sure that residents responded positively to the new lights. In this case, the survey results show the LED lights have improved the quality of lighting in these neighborhoods, which, as a result, promotes outdoor recreation and safety.”

Based on the positive results from the light metering and public survey, additional funds have been allocated in the 2016 proposed budget to expand the LED streetlight territory in Sioux Falls.

Visit www.siouxfalls.org/LED for more information.

Wow-factor-worthy window treatments. Part two: Window Film

Last week we brought we a spin adult of marvellous shutters, and this week it’s a spin of smashing window films that will renovate your windows.

If we wish to yield remoteness during your windows but restraint out a light, afterwards window film is your answer. It’s ideal if we wish a elementary demeanour – in a kitchen or bathroom, for instance – generally if we have pleasing window frames to uncover off – and is a good resolution for inner doors, too. Film is a fuss-free choice to nets and sheers as it’s so easy to request and suits any scheme.

Frostbite FB041 Window Film, from £30 per sq m, The Window Film Company.

Window film is a good approach to keep a feverishness in during a winter months. A standard residence loses around 10% of a feverishness by windows partial of that is since of draughts. If your windows are singular glassy and we can’t means to fit double glazing, wise window film with fasten to a frame, afterwards heating it with a hair dryer to cringe into place and trapping a air, means you’ll shortly feel a difference.

Frostbite FB083 film, from £30 per sq m,  The Window Film Company.

MissPrint Little Trees transparent on ice from £30 per sq m,  The Window Film Company. 

These days window film is accessible in all sorts of patterns and styles, and it’s a good approach to inject some fun and celebrity into your home, with out spending too most cash. It also helps to revoke precipitation and can be simply removed.

Customised Frostbite- Fern, £30 per sq m,  The Window Film Company.

Customised Frostbite- Pineapple from £30 per sq m,  The Window Film Company. 

No longer is a choice for window film a tiny one and with many some-more homes opting to use this easy to use choice to sheers or net curtains, it wasn’t going to be prolonged before a engineer name got concerned in a designs.

Now a designers from MissPrint (the smart guys producing beautifully designed, contemporary wall-coverings, fabrics and interior accessories, all imagining from palm drawn illustrations) have combined a pleasing and stylish new operation of window film designs for The Window Film Company.  

Choose from a operation of 6 designs accessible in a operation of finishes to unequivocally supplement an iconic and stylish hold to your windows.

 

 MissPrint Ditto, White on Frost, from £30 per sq m,  The Window Film Company. 

MissPrint Muscat transparent on frost,  from £30 per sq m, The Window Film Company.

 

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The Lighting Paradox: Cheaper, Efficient LEDs Save Energy, and People Use More

New research at Rutgers University has shown how to slash the cost of highly efficient light emitting diodes (LEDs) and significantly reduce lighting’s energy requirements. The energy savings, however, will likely be eroded as people find new uses for the inexpensive lights.

It’s a classic example of how a solution to a problem may cause more problems, or at least nullify the solution.

“I am doubtful that we will save any energy by going to LED lights,” said Thomas Theis, director of the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

LED lights use just 10 percent of the energy of incandescent lights and less than half the energy of today’s compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.  An LED that uses 6 watts of electricity, for example, produces the same amount of light as a 14-watt CFL bulb or a 60-watt incandescent bulb.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, electricity used for artificial lighting in the U.S. could be cut nearly in half by 2030 through the adoption of high efficiency LEDs.  

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LEDs increase lighting efficiency, but don't end up saving energy

The lights are commercially available today but haven’t been widely adopted because they are more expensive than either CFLs or incandescents. The high cost of LEDs is due in part to their reliance on rare earth elements for their phosphors, materials that shift the blue light emitted by most LEDs into a broad spectrum of white light.

A new class of phosphors made from earth-abundant materials could slash the cost of LEDs by as much as 90 percent according to their developers.

The work has been driven by a dramatic increase in the cost of rare earth elements — by as much as 1600 percent over the past decade — due to increased demand and decreased exportation of the materials from China, which has historically produced more than 90 percent of the world’s rare earth elements.

“The prices of these rare earth elements have gone through the roof,” said Zhichao Hu of Rutgers University who presented his group’s work at the American Chemical Society’s annual conference in Boston earlier this week.  “That makes us think, ‘is there a way we can bypass these rare earth elements, is there a way that we can use earth abundant elements to make phosphors that have the same properties, emit the same light, but are cheaper?’”

Starting at a molecular level, Hu and colleagues developed novel combinations of materials to create new classes of phosphors that are free of rare earth elements as well as toxic materials like cadmium and selenium that others are employing in competing phosphor materials.

“We have made many phosphors covering the entire visible spectrum,” Hu says. “All of these materials are new and they are free of rare earth elements and toxic materials.”

Ram Seshadri, a materials science professor at the University of California Santa Barbara questions whether a 90 percent cost savings in phosphors would translate to similar savings on an entire LED device but says the new technique looks promising.

“It could lead to lower costs, better tunability and higher efficiency,” Seshadri says. “The proof of the pudding is going to be whether industry picks up [their] strategies.”

Moving from laboratory research to commercial production is always challenging but even if the new technique does significantly reduce the cost of highly efficient LED lights, their use won’t necessarily result in energy savings. A number of recent studies have in fact found the opposite.  Known as the “rebound effect” they show that reductions in the cost of lighting result in increased consumption as people use more and more lights

A 2010 study looked at lighting use around the world for the past 300 years as lighting technology improved from whale oil lamps to gas and kerosene lamps to electric incandescent bulbs. The study, conducted by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico found a direct relationship between decreased cost and increased consumption.

Looking at the current transition from incandescent lights to CFLs and ultimately LEDs, the authors concluded “there is a massive potential for growth in the consumption of light if new lighting technologies are developed with higher luminous efficacies and lower cost of light.”

A study published earlier this year in the Journal of Industrial Ecology concluded we will likely see a drop in energy use for residential lighting in the short term, but energy savings will likely be reduced or perhaps eliminated entirely as the amount of lit space increases.

“It’s not just a question of turning on a light to read a book or to see something on your kitchen counter, you can do lots of stuff with LEDs that you really couldn’t do very well with other kinds of artificial light sources,” said Theis, a co-author of the study. “They are being incorporated into wearable lighting now, there is just no end to it.”

In order to realize long-term energy savings, Theis and colleagues concluded that efficiency improvements may need to be combined with policy interventions.

But finding a solution to curb our appetite for more and more light won’t be easy.

“We’re addicted to light,” Theis said. “If we can consume more, we do.”

 

Souderton Area School District continues discussing E. Merton Crouthamel …







Souderton Area School Board operations committee Chairmen William Brong and district Superintendent Frank Gallagher discuss E. Merton Crouthamel Elementary School renovations Aug. 12. Jarreau Freeman — Montgomery Media

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FRANCONIA Will E. Merton Crouthamel Elementary School be green? Well, maybe not the color of the school, but in terms of being more environmentally friendly, it seems to be heading in that direction.

The Souderton Area School Board operations committee discussed energy savings for the school, which is slated for a facelift.

The committee gave the OK for a project development agreement with Reynolds Energy Services Inc., in Harrisburg, to move to the Aug. 27 board action meeting.

Bringing Reynolds Energy into the project is the first step under the Guarantee Energy Savings Act that allows school districts to complete energy saving projects that eventually pay for themselves, District Business Affairs Director Bill Stone said after Aug. 12’s meeting.

Reynolds Energy will be designing and overseeing the plumbing and HVAC system upgrades to the school at a cost of approximately $118,000, Stone said. Reynolds Energy employs its own construction manager who will oversee the plumbing and HVAC projects, he said.

With the likelihood of Reynolds Energy joining the project and overseeing two major pieces of EMC’s renovation, it reduces the work load and fee for the already-on-board Ambler-based architectural firm Godshall Kane O’Rourke Architects by an estimated $95,500 and Reynolds Construction Management by an estimated $107,400, Stone explained to the committee members.

Addendums to the architect and construction agreements are scheduled for approval at the board action meeting.

A major concern some committee members had was making sure the district was not held financially responsible in case something went wrong with the plumbing and HVAC systems.

Richard Evans, president of Reynolds Energy Services Inc., said the responsibility of the systems falls on the company.

Operations committee Chairmen William Brong also wanted to make clear that the plumbing and HVAC upgrades are part of the original project and are included in the original project cost estimate. Continued…

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The EMC renovation is projected to cost $11.8 million.

There was also talk of the district making EMC a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified building, but the $500,000 to $800,000 price to bring the school up to LEED standards seemed to be a deterrent and the administration is not recommending the district go that route.

“We are going to incorporate into our design budget as many LEED design elements as we can to make sure the building performs better in terms of energy savings,” Stone said.

The administration is also seeking to have EMC become Energy Star Certified, which is a no-cost certification that determines how well a building performs on its utility usage, he said.

EMC, which is located at 143 S. School Lane, Souderton, dates back to the 1960s, and has much of its original structure, which has become warn and outdated over time, according to a design report presented at last month’s operations meeting.

In addition, many of the spaces in the school are small and see multiple uses, such as the gym which is used as the lunch room and for gym classes.

The building is slated to see separate gym and cafeteria spaces, a larger kitchen, additional small group instruction rooms, a music room, a larger library and storage spaces, the report outlined.

In September, the committee will begin to review the financing for the EMC project, Stone said.

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FRANCONIA Will E. Merton Crouthamel Elementary School be green? Well, maybe not the color of the school, but in terms of being more environmentally friendly, it seems to be heading in that direction.

The Souderton Area School Board operations committee discussed energy savings for the school, which is slated for a facelift.

The committee gave the OK for a project development agreement with Reynolds Energy Services Inc., in Harrisburg, to move to the Aug. 27 board action meeting.

Bringing Reynolds Energy into the project is the first step under the Guarantee Energy Savings Act that allows school districts to complete energy saving projects that eventually pay for themselves, District Business Affairs Director Bill Stone said after Aug. 12’s meeting.

Reynolds Energy will be designing and overseeing the plumbing and HVAC system upgrades to the school at a cost of approximately $118,000, Stone said. Reynolds Energy employs its own construction manager who will oversee the plumbing and HVAC projects, he said.

With the likelihood of Reynolds Energy joining the project and overseeing two major pieces of EMC’s renovation, it reduces the work load and fee for the already-on-board Ambler-based architectural firm Godshall Kane O’Rourke Architects by an estimated $95,500 and Reynolds Construction Management by an estimated $107,400, Stone explained to the committee members.

Addendums to the architect and construction agreements are scheduled for approval at the board action meeting.

A major concern some committee members had was making sure the district was not held financially responsible in case something went wrong with the plumbing and HVAC systems.

Richard Evans, president of Reynolds Energy Services Inc., said the responsibility of the systems falls on the company.

Operations committee Chairmen William Brong also wanted to make clear that the plumbing and HVAC upgrades are part of the original project and are included in the original project cost estimate.

The EMC renovation is projected to cost $11.8 million.

There was also talk of the district making EMC a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified building, but the $500,000 to $800,000 price to bring the school up to LEED standards seemed to be a deterrent and the administration is not recommending the district go that route.

“We are going to incorporate into our design budget as many LEED design elements as we can to make sure the building performs better in terms of energy savings,” Stone said.

The administration is also seeking to have EMC become Energy Star Certified, which is a no-cost certification that determines how well a building performs on its utility usage, he said.

EMC, which is located at 143 S. School Lane, Souderton, dates back to the 1960s, and has much of its original structure, which has become warn and outdated over time, according to a design report presented at last month’s operations meeting.

In addition, many of the spaces in the school are small and see multiple uses, such as the gym which is used as the lunch room and for gym classes.

The building is slated to see separate gym and cafeteria spaces, a larger kitchen, additional small group instruction rooms, a music room, a larger library and storage spaces, the report outlined.

In September, the committee will begin to review the financing for the EMC project, Stone said.

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Make a Hole-in-One during WFCT and Win $50000

Our initial attention golf tournament, to be hold Tuesday, Sep 29, during LakeRidge Golf Course in Reno, will now underline a hole-in-one contest, sponsored by eDirectGlass. The initial actor who creates an ace on a 220-yard, par-3 15th hole will win a money esteem of $50,000.

All other par-3s will underline reward prizes, also sponsored by eDirectGlass. Additionally, a eventuality will embody longest expostulate and closest-to-the-pin contests.

Online registration for a tournament, that will flog off International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ 2015, is open. Join us at LakeRidge, a Robert Trent Jones, Sr.-designed par-72, that is voted “Best of Reno” year after year. The competition will be a four-person hasten with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. A BBQ dish as good as an awards display will wrap-up a event.

Pre-registration for $145 per chairman is accessible online, as there will be no registration onsite, we contingency pre-register, and group requests are available. Included with any registration is round-trip travel to and from a golf course, greens fee, cart, dual (2) splash tickets, awards BBQ and a goodie bag. A money bar will also be available.

Clubs are accessible for an additional price of $30 per bag, that we contingency compensate onsite and call 775-825-2200 to haven by Sep 8. Please note, no cancellations or refunds are accessible for this event, and we contingency be a purebred WFCT attendee in sequence to participate. Pre-registration for a golf competition closes September 8.

For your convenience, travel has been indifferent and buses will skip from a Atlantis Casino Resort Spa during 11:30 a.m. during a East Porte Cochere, that is on a initial building between a Concierge Tower and a Atlantis and Atrium Towers. The shotgun start will embark during 1:00 p.m., followed by a BBQ and awards display from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The final train will lapse during 7:00 p.m.

For some-more information per a golf competition and to register to attend, greatfully click here. Sponsorship options are also available; greatfully hit Deb Levy during [email protected] for some-more details.

We wish you’ll join us for this initial attention event, and we’ll see we shortly on a greens!

Business owners qualify for program

This program is funded by ComEd through the business owners payment each month on their bill under Taxes and Other”…”Energy Efficiency Program.

Through the program, they will do a no cost assessment of the business.The assessment will itemize and list all lights, fixtures to be retro fit to for LED’s.

Participation in this program will require the participating business to have a retail delivery rate or commercial demand of 0-100 KW, which can be found on the bill.

Those who qualify will have allscrewed-in light bulbs replaced toDimmable LED’sat no charge. LEDs consume 80 percent less energy and rated for 25,000 hours versus 2,000 hours for incandescent lamps.

Also available, at no charge, all fluorescent lighting fixtures will be upgraded from the old, energy consuming, T12’s fluorescent lamps to an T8 system. This includes removal of all old internal components, ballast, sockets, and lamps, and replacing them with newComEdspecified components.

For more information or to sign up for an assement, contact Jason Koziol, SBES adviser, moblie, 773- 968-8068, fax, 630-633-8254, email, [email protected] or at Extra Electric Energy Solutions LLC, 245 W. Roosevelt Road, Building 9, Unit 59, West Chicago, IL 60185.

Learn from a Experts: Changing Automotive Film Laws

As partial of a International Window Film Association (IWFA) Education Day during a International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ (WFCT), a hard-hitting convention choice continues to accommodate a needs of a window film industry. Experts have been hand-selected to pronounce on areas to assistance boost your believe and yield an unrivalled knowledge for all in attendance.

Join us during a 2015 WFCT, Sep 30 – Oct 2, and learn from a best in a business. The three-day eventuality will be hold during a Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nev.

Thursday, Oct 1 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Changing Automotive Film Laws

Learn what stairs are concerned in changing automotive film laws, how to brand a domestic traps and hear about tangible successes and failures of others. Learn how to use a association’s resources and materials to assistance your means and see how we can get concerned in any activities inspiring changes in your state.

Lynwood Butner, boss of Butner Consulting, a supervision family and legislative consulting firm. Butner late from Virginia supervision after 36 years of service. This enclosed 30 years with a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) during that time he was state trade operative and obliged for trade operations within a Commonwealth, as good as being VDOT’s legislative attribute during General Assembly sessions for 20 years. Also during his reign in Virginia government, Butner served as emissary commissioner for a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) during that time he continued his attribute with a General Assembly as DMV’s Legislative Liaison. In any of these areas, Butner has worked closely with local, state, and sovereign agencies to grasp reasonable legislative and process solutions to issues that impact adults and businesses. Butner has worked with a International Window Film Association as a legislative consultant given 2003. He warranted a bachelor’s grade from a University of Richmond and a Masters of Public Administration grade from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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

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

Join us in Reno and support a eventuality that is focused on film and dedicated to your success each year. To learn some-more about WFCT, revisit www.windowfilmmag.com/wfct.

3M/Interwest to Sponsor a 2015 International Window Film Conference and Tint …

3M and Interwest Distribution Company have teamed adult to be a Sponsor of a 2015 International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ (WFCT). The eventuality is set to be hold Sep 30 – Oct 2 during a award-winning Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and Reno-Sparks Convention Center and will embody educational seminars, an muster gymnasium and a attendee-favorite Tint-Off™ competitions.

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

We spoke with Todd Bergman, clamp boss of Automotive during Interwest on what a companies will be charity on a uncover floor.

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

 TB: We will be showcasing a 3M window films, 3M paint insurance films, 3M 1080 car hang films and designation tools.

 

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

TB: The uncover is a good eventuality to assistance and support a window film and paint insurance film attention and to share best practices with attendees.

 

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

TB: It provides a ability to accommodate and speak with your peers and manufactures to benefit new business ideas, share best business practices and learn about trends that expostulate a industry.

 

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

TB: Relax and have fun during a events.  This is what we do on a daily basement and this is an eventuality to uncover off your skills.

 

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

TB: Please stop by a counter #85 to get a banking formula that can be used during a uncover to redeem 10 percent off any sequence of collection on www.interwesttools.com.

 

To learn some-more about a event, revisit www.windowfilmmag.com/wfct.

California’s Energy Efficiency Success Story: $90 Billion in Utility Bill …

But Major Ramp-Up Still Needed to Meet the State’s Long-Term Climate and Energy Goals

SAN FRANCISCO – August 21, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — California’s 40-year commitment to energy efficiency has saved Californians $90 billion on their utility bills, created hundreds of thousands of efficiency jobs, and will have avoided the pollution from 41 power plants by the end of the next decade, according to a new report published today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). However, the report cautions that a major efficiency ramp-up is necessary to meet the state’s long-term climate and energy goals.

“Energy efficiency is a major success story for California – saving customers billions on their energy bills over the last four decades. But the state needs to double down on policies and programs that encourage smarter energy use to clean the air for all Californians and create local clean energy jobs,” said Lara Ettenson, one of the report’s authors and NRDC’s director of California Energy Efficiency Policy.

The report, “California’s Golden Energy Efficiency Opportunity: Ramping Up Success to Save Billions and Meet Climate Goals,” details the numerous benefits Californians have enjoyed thus far – including monthly household electricity bills that are $20 less per month ($240 per year) than the national average – thanks to the state’s energy-saving programs, building codes, and appliance standards. The report also shows significant work remains in order to tackle California’s climate and energy goals, and save residential, business, industrial, and agricultural consumers even more money while continuing to stimulate the economy.

“Californians know energy efficiency means jobs and cost savings,” said Bob Keefe, executive director of E2, which is an NRDC affiliate. “We can still reach the state’s goal of doubling our energy efficiency savings by 2030 – but only if our lawmakers and policymakers in Sacramento move more aggressively to advance better energy efficiency policies and programs.”

Without a substantial acceleration and improvements to the existing implementation process, the current trajectory would fall far short of Governor Jerry Brown’s goal to double energy efficiency savings by 2030. Efficiency programs—along with new building codes and appliance and equipment standards—would have to save enough energy over the next 15 years to cut the state’s total electricity needs by almost one-third and its natural gas use by more than 10 percent, according to the NRDC and E2 report.

“We are on track to surpass the energy efficiency savings necessary to help meet the state’s 2020 goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels, but we have a long way to go to meet our climate and efficiency targets for 2030 and beyond,” Ettenson said.

The report, which is an update of a report NRDC published five years ago, includes these additional key findings:

Thanks to efficiency, Californians’ utility bill savings totaled nearly $90 billion at the end of 2013 (the last complete data set available) and NRDC estimates they will save an additional $2 billion through 2015 – $85 per average household in this year alone;
California’s efficiency success has avoided the amount of power needed from 30 power plants thus far and is expected to avoid another 11 power plants’ worth of electricity over the next decade because cutting energy waste reduces the need to generate power from fossil fuel power plants;
Efficiency employment grew by 15 percent from 2002 to 2012. Currently more than 300,000 positions, or nearly 70 percent of California’s green economy jobs, are related to improving energy efficiency in buildings alone. In addition, money saved on utility bills is redirected toward other goods and services (like restaurants and retail), producing even more jobs (1.5 million from 1972-2006 according to one study);
Since 2003, energy-cutting programs, building codes, and appliance standards saved enough electricity to power more than half of California’s homes for one year, saved enough natural gas to equal the annual consumption of more than 2 million homes, and slashed 30 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide pollution, equal to the annual emissions of 6 million cars;
Appliance standards have saved more than 10,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity since 2003 (enough to power 2 million homes for one year) and new homeowners will save $6,000 over 30 years for a house constructed in accordance with the 2013 building energy code compared to the previous code; and
Public investment in nearly 20 research, development, and demonstration projects is expected to yield almost $10 billion in energy savings between 2005 and 2025, or nearly $450 for every $1 invested.
Along with describing the many benefits to California, the report examines challenges with the current energy efficiency framework for customer-funded programs (which include assistance for weatherizing homes or help for businesses to manage their energy use), minimum energy-saving standards for appliances and equipment, and improved building codes to cut energy waste. It also includes detailed recommendations to improve upon the state’s groundbreaking efforts and myriad successes.

Thanks in part to the state’s success with energy efficiency, California is planning to significantly exceed its power plant emissions reductions requirements under the federal Clean Power Plan. The report also contains some case studies of California businesses where energy efficiency has been a factor in their success.

The report is here. Lara Ettenson’s blog can be found here. More information on clean energy jobs in California can be found here. A video showing a California energy efficiency company included in the report in action is available here. Report infographics and graphs are available.

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The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.

Contact:
Pat Remick, 202-289-2411, premick (at) nrdc (dot) org; Elizabeth Heyd, 202-289-2424, eheyd (at) nrdc (dot) org; or Jeff Benzak, 202-513-6248, jeff (at) e2 (dot) org

BuildSavings Introduces Rebate and Zero Down Payment Plans

(Newswire.net — August 21, 2015) Van Nuys, California –BuildSavings, a company that installs money- and energy-saving improvements to homes, is offering a way for homeowners to pay over time for water and energy efficient products that reduce bills and positively impact the environment.  The company is introducing a zero down payment plan that allows homeowners to take up to 20 years to pay for water or energy saving products that lower bills.  This plan makes it possible for many homeowners to enjoy the benefit of energy savings without a large outlay of cash.

These products, as seen at http://buildsavings.com/, include drought tolerant landscaping, artificial turf, drip irrigation, gutters and rainwater management, weather-resistant painting and window installation.  Homeowners can find solutions to save water and energy and lower their bills, in many cases by enough money to pay for the improvements themselves quickly.  This allows homeowners to save money for many years to come, even after the improvements are paid for.

The rebate and zero-money-down systems work by allowing homeowners to channel the savings they get from their taxes or from their local authorities into a down payment on their purchasing and installation charges for their chosen improvements.  The money that would normally be refunded to them by state, local or federal agencies becomes the down payment and lowers the overall cost of installation. 

The customer then has an easy payment plan to pay for the balance, often for up to 20 years.  There is no prepayment penalty, so customers can use their savings to pay for their improvements more quickly, as well, ultimately enjoying the financial benefits of their new energy-saving items for a longer period of time.  

For more information on how homeowners can save money, enjoy better energy savings and help the environment, see the BuildSavings website.

About Build Savings

Build Savings is a compay that provides better ways to finance money-saving home improvements.

Eye Magnet Management Takes a Topaz Sponsorship during WFCT

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

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

We spoke with Patric Fransko, president, on what Eye Magnet Management will be charity on a uncover floor.

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

PF: We will be hosting sessions via uncover hours within a counter called “Ask Eye Magnet”. The thought is that anyone can move their ubiquitous and specific selling questions to us for positively giveaway consulting during a show. We would be happy to pronounce with any attendee about their business and offer them some useful recommendation they can put into use a day they arrive home.

 

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

PF: I have exhibited many times during this uncover with prior employers and know a significance of interacting with others within a attention and ancillary a customarily attention specific show.

 

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

PF: This uncover represents a window film industry’s customarily industry-specific show. The thoroughness of window film professionals facilitates a pity of ideas that advantages a whole industry.

 

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

PF: We have beheld over a years that those that do best in these competitions do not change their bland proceed to a installation. Just stay focused and do what we do each day when we are behind home. Trying to change your technique to be faster, cleaner, etc. customarily formula in a poorer display than only doing what we do best.

 

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

PF: In further to a loads of giveaway selling recommendation we devise to give, we will expected have some flattering cold swag for anyone that stops by a booth. See everybody in Reno!

 

To learn some-more about WFCT, revisit www.windowfilmmag.com/wfct.

John Barnes Window Tinting Announces Online Booking for Appointments

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Lake Worth, FL — (SBWIRE) — 08/21/2015 — Rather than reinstate windows to grasp feverishness rejection, people can opt for cost-effective peculiarity window tinting installation. With a accumulation of window stain shades available, homeowners, drivers and companies can select a focus that best fits their needs. The topnotch window tinting association of West Palm Beach, FL, John Barnes Window Tinting, is gratified to announce that they now offer an online form for business to report an appointment for their services. Customers can conveniently fill out a guess form online to book a window stain designation for their vehicle, home or blurb business.

John Barnes Window Tinting specializes in high-quality window tinting applications that offer a far-reaching operation of benefits, such as feverishness rejection, glisten reduction, appetite potency and insurance of furniture. John Barnes Window Tinting offers residential and blurb film designation services in Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami, while their automotive window tinting services are accessible in Palm Beach County. The business operates with superb patron use and strives to grasp 100% patron satisfaction. To request a film, a association uses innovative state-of-the-art computerized apparatus to request a window stain film with pinnacle accuracy.

Customers located in a Ft. Lauderdale, FL, segment can be positive that their window tint focus will final for years and will not flay or burble later. Printable coupons are also accessible on a John Barnes Window Tinting website, that underline $10 off a finish automobile window stain designation or 10% off a residential installation. For a giveaway window tinting estimate, business can also hit John Barnes Window Tinting by job a phone series of a bend nearest to them.

For some-more information on a window tinting services of John Barnes Window Tinting, greatfully revisit http://johnbarneswindowtinting.com.

About John Barnes Window Tinting
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.

For some-more information about this company, greatfully revisit http://johnbarneswindowtinting.com/

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StickPretty.com Launches with Original Collections of Window Film, Tile Decals …

Tampa, FL, Aug 21, 2015 –(PR.com)– StickPretty.com presents a quick-stick, musical product collection for walls, windows, tiles and furniture, featuring Mibo® Tile Tattoos, and a remoteness window film collection by Emma Jeffs. StickPretty.com is a new home of these dual award-winning product lines as good as a worldwide distributor.

StickPretty.com represents a newly stretched collection of 2JANE.com, that has been in a home décor and decal business and has worked exclusively with both Mibo® and Emma Jeffs for some-more than a decade. The code name has altered though a joining to value continues. All products are printed made-to-order and distributed from a Florida studio.

For a launch of StickPretty.com, Emma Jeffs has combined an disdainful line of peel-and-place designs called SurfacePrints® generally for IKEA hackers and DIY’ers. Gingham, Chinoiserie, and Marble are a initial 3 accessible patterns and impersonate a demeanour of textiles. The all-over graphics were designed as patchwork and can be cut and practical in any settlement to supplement tone and pattern. They are done for flat-packed items, including cabinets and storage units, though can also be used directly on walls.

Additionally, StickPretty.com carries a collection of paste-free wall graphics and removable wallpaper that includes a re-introduction of Mibo®’s classical Clacket Lane pattern as good as new hand-drawn StickPretty® designs. The repositionable rolls come in mixed sizes and can also be made-to-order in any distance adult to 54” wide.

All StickPretty® products ask possibly with or though H2O though never need collection or paste. When products are private surfaces sojourn undamaged. All tile decals and window film are waterproof. Some of a window film designs are accessible in pvc- and phthalate-free eco accessible sheets.

Many of a StickPretty® products are offering in 25 tone options, and any tile, wall or window product can be customized formed on a customer’s tone or distance request. StickPretty® can also tradition print. Customers can upload their strange artwork, including Instagrams, for mutation into possibly tile decals or wall graphics.

The new site contains several singular features: strange sketched pattern in a product images; an illustrated “StickPretty® Style Guide” to support business in identifying an cultured to improved file in on that products competence best fit their décor; and a unchanging StickPretty® Stuck On Style blog mainstay by a in-house tone pro, Poppy Rose, pity consultant hints and tips for decorating.

“We could not be some-more gay to lift on a tradition and enhance a collection of strange printed pattern for a decal pattern market,” says StickPretty.com Creative Director, Roxie Mae Lackman. “We have worked many years acid for materials and perfecting copy techniques to rise a code for a savvy, style-embracing homeowner on a budget, and we could not be prouder of a efforts.”

StickPretty.com is owned and operated by 10 Roof Cottage, LLC, formed in Tampa, FL.

For serve information, contact: Roxie Mae Lackman, Founder Creative Director of StickPretty.com and 2JANE.com and owners of 10 Roof Cottage, LLC. Cell: 813.263.7785. Email: [email protected]

Too Few People Signing Up for Lower Energy Rates

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SoCalGas enlists nonprofits to spread the word.

By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer

More than 300,000 Southern California Gas customers are now eligible for lower rates under new income guidelines for assistance, the utility company reminded customers last week.

While as many as 1.5 million customers have already enrolled in the state-sponsored Energy Savings Assistance Program, SoCalGas says many of their customers have yet to take advantage of opportunities to save money on their utility bill.

“A lot of customers fear they have to show [proof of] their [immigration] status,” said Jacqueline M. Flores, communications advisor at SoCalGas. That question never comes up, assured Flores during a meeting with community partners.

Add in consumers who either don’t know about the money-saving programs or mistakenly believe they don’t quality, and there is a large number of ratepayers missing out on no-cost, energy efficient home improvements such as door weather-stripping, attic insulation and low-flow showerheads, the utility company said.

Not to mention cash savings on their monthly home gas bill through the California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE) program, which for qualified customers can be as much as a 20 percent discount.

SoCalGas representatives share new income guidelines for its Energy Savings Assistance Program with local nonprofits.  (SoCalGas)

SoCalGas representatives share new income guidelines for its Energy Savings Assistance Program with local nonprofits. (SoCalGas)

“SoCalGas is committed to enrolling as many of our eligible customers as possible into the assistance programs we offer,” said Rodger Schwecke, vice president of customer solutions for SoCalGas.

Customers who receive benefits from public programs such as WIC, Medi-Cal or CalFresh may qualify for the Energy Savings Assistance Program. If they don’t, they may still qualify under the new income guidelines.

For example, according to SoCalGas, a family of four is eligible for the assistance program if their total household income is less than $48,500. A family of five can qualify for the program if the household income is less than $56, 820.

Income eligibility was raised $400 compared to last year to increase the numbers who may qualify.

Having a good program, however, is not always enough, sometimes it takes more than flyers and brochures to get the word out to customers, SoCalGas Local Outreach Manager Denise Camps told EGP.

“It doesn’t matter if the information is in English and Spanish if they can’t read it,” Campos said. That’s why the utility company is teaming up with local nonprofit groups to help get the word out.

For many immigrants from Latin American countries of indigenous decent, Spanish is their second language, acknowledged Mari Riddle, president and CEO of Centro Latino for Literacy.

“When they get their bills it’s like Greek to them,” she said. “They depend on their kids or neighbors to read their bill.”

The nonprofit has helped thousands of low- to non-literate individuals learn to read, write and other pre-ESL literacy skills. The organization recently allowed SoCalGas representatives to go in and share information about the new guidelines and to encourage customers to call the toll-free customer service number if they need help.

“Some people need that hand holding through the process,” said Norma E. Fernandez, regional manager for Everyoneon, a nonprofit dedicated to getting people online and comfortable using technology.

Fernandez told EGP they are now helping SoCalGas customers through the cost-saving application process.

“We care about the community we serve,” said Campos. “We want them to save money and conserve energy.”

 

For more information about the new income guidelines, visit socalgas.com or call (800) 331-7593.

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Google’s new project is a perfect fit for the real estate industry

By Tom Flanagan; reposted with permission from realestatethings.net.

Takeaways:

  • Project Sunroof helps homeowners decide whether solar panels are a fit for their home.
  • It uses Google Earth data to calculate usable sunlight per year and provides an energy-savings estimate.
  • It’s available in Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area and central California.

Google’s new tool, Project Sunroof, aims to help homeowners determine if solar panels are a good fit for a home by calculating the roof’s solar potential. The app uses high-resolution Google Earth data to calculate the usable sunlight per year and provides an estimate of the potential energy savings.

Simply enter an address and Project Sunroof calculates the number of hours of usable sunlight per year based on weather patterns and the total square feet available for solar panels, which is based on 3-D modeling of your roof and nearby trees. It also includes an estimated net savings and a list of (sponsored) solar providers.

You can even fine-tune the estimate by entering your average monthly electric bill. The project is currently available in the San Francisco Bay area, Central California and Greater Boston Massachusetts.

The app was created by engineer Carl Elkin, who developed the tool as a 20 percent project, an internal initiative at Google that allows employees to dedicate 20 percent of their time on side projects.

I believe the next wave of real estate technology will focus on energy, making the data captured by connected home devices and the Internet of Things accessible.

A property details page on a real estate website currently includes data such as crime statistics, community information and taxes. I envision a property details page that also includes the cost of charging an electric vehicle or perhaps even displays the data recorded from a Nest Thermostat. Project Sunroof validates this hunch.

The app is a natural addition to a real estate website, most of which already include Google Maps. Providing a buyer and or seller with information regarding the investment of solar panels and potential cost savings presents real value, making Project Sunroof a perfect fit for the real estate industry.