Tag: Do it yourself home energy audits

Levitz Now Loves It at Levitz With Green Lighting!!

Retail Furniture Chain Sam Levitz Replaces Showroom’s Hot Halogen Spotlights with Super Efficient, Cool Burning LED Lighting. Estimated Annual Energy and Maintenance Savings of $268,000 Produces $3.1 Million in Savings Over Lifespan of the MSi Lights.

The “Sunshine Factory” has gotten a little bit brighter and greener thanks to the addition of over 5,000 MSi iPAR LED lighting fixtures. Tucson, Arizona based furniture retailer Sam Levitz recently replaced all of the halogen spotlights in four of its five locations with super efficient MSi LED lighting.
All of the showroom’s 90-watt halogen spotlights were replaced with 12-watt iPAR LED lights. The conversion was a simple matter of unscrewing the old lights and screwing in the new ones, but the results were immediate and dramatic. Unlike hot burning halogen lights, the extremely efficient LED lights produce very little heat and within hours of installation store employees had noticed a drop in the showroom’s temperature. Management was able to raise the air conditioner thermostat settings by four degrees, which will result in an estimated annual savings of $80,000 in cooling costs alone.
“Many retailers are a little concerned about the initial investment of converting to LED lighting,” said Daniel Stein, MSi Western Regional Sales Manager. “But if they take the time to run the numbers, and take into account that Tucson Electric Power will pay up to 50 percent of the project costs, they’ll see that switching over produces a great return on their investment.”

Guide to Creating an Energy Efficient Home

While my book Do It Yourself Home Energy Audits rocks as the best energy efficiency guide for homes this infographic is pretty cool. The Ultimate Guide To An Energy Efficient Home [Infographic] by the team at Chadwicks

EPA Provides $750,000 in Smart Growth Assistance to Communities

Funds will go to 56 communities including Northern and Central Calif., Arizona, and Nevada
SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today named 56 communities in 26 states that will receive technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. Communities granted assistance include Contra Costa County and Modesto, California, Surprise, Arizona and Henderson Nevada. Each community will receive the assistance from EPA-funded private-sector experts. The technical experts will work with the communities on actions they can take to improve the economy, the environment, and quality of life. Some examples may include improving pedestrian access and safety, incorporating green infrastructure, or conducting an economic and fiscal health assessment.
Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities is a project of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities among EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The interagency collaboration coordinates federal investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services to get better results for communities and use taxpayer money more efficiently. The partnership is helping communities across the country create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable, reinforce existing investments, and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses.

Now is the time for your own energy audit

The weeks before winter officially arrives can soon be counted by fingers on one hand. As those digits fold away until the 22nd of December, brushing up on how to lesson your carbon footprint – and save money – can be a wise choice for several reasons. Other than the retail world, many industries have slower workloads than usual. Tucked into spurts of holiday activities, a little online learning amid shopping site visits could make a world of difference.
Audit lately?
Companies with significant energy costs often willingly pay professionals to audit the energy usage of their facilities to identify waste and opportunities to further conserve their usage. While no one is suggesting you hire an energy usage expert, the main idea is that you become your own energy auditor. Applying the same principles behind the practice used by big businesses, you can use just a little down time to inform yourself as to how you can cut back and save.

EPA Proposes Changes to Clean Air Act Standards for Boilers and Incinerators

Reconsidered standards would set emission limits for less than one percent of boilers, achieve public health benefits while increasing flexibility and responding to public input
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing changes to Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators based on extensive analysis, review and consideration of data and input from states, environmental groups, industry, lawmakers and the public. The proposed reconsideration would achieve extensive public health protections through significant reductions in toxic air pollutants, including mercury and soot, while increasing the rule’s flexibility and addressing compliance concerns raised by industry and labor groups. The changes also cut the cost of implementation by nearly 50 percent from the original 2010 proposed rule while maintaining health benefits. These standards meet important requirements laid out in the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.
Soot and other harmful pollutants released by boilers and incinerators can lead to adverse health effects including cancer, heart disease, aggravated asthma and premature death. In addition, toxic pollutants such as mercury and lead that will be reduced by this proposal are linked to developmental disabilities in children. These standards will avoid up to 8,100 premature deaths, prevent 5,100 heart attacks and avert 52,000 asthma attacks per year in 2015.

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