ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Urban Solar is pleased to announce it has been awarded a three-year contract to supply its PV Stop lighting systems to the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) after successfully winning a competitive solicitation.
OCTA chose Urban Solar’s PV Stop to increase safety for riders, further enhancing its bus stop amenities. The PV Stop is a UL Listed solar powered system with high intensity LED lighting.
More than 100 of Urban Solar’s PV Stops were successfully installed in 2012, and this award will add to the transportation authority’s current 1,200+ lighting units installed at bus stops along major transit corridors.
“We at Urban Solar have enjoyed working with OCTA in the past and are thrilled to continue our relationship with the agency to provide reliable solar powered safety and security lighting for the riders of Orange County,” says Ben Guriel, Senior Business Development Manager at Urban Solar.
Anyone that knows green living appreciates energy efficiency! It will save consumers sooo much money on their energy bills.
A few years back there was a report called, Overcoming Market Barriers and Using Market Forces to Advance Energy Efficiency, provides Congress and state policymakers with a road map to address national energy consumption through policies that could save the country approximately $1 trillion in energy bills and 19 quads in energy consumption.
So watch this post and get to saving money and energy while helping the environment!
Climate change and going green are two of the hottest topics on everyone’s mind. Going green can mean quite a few things for different people. It can begin with transportation, diet, or changing the cleaning supplies you use. Today we want to discuss how we can make you’re a bit greener and change your impact on the planet.
Look to Your Roof
Green roofs are very popular amongst city dwellers. Land can be harder to come by, making growing a garden that much more difficult. And we need to have as much green space as possible to help create more oxygen, reduce urban heat issues, and provide affordable sustainable food sources for families in our communities. It’s important to pay attention to the weight of your green roof. Some soils, not to mention watering them, can create very heavy gardens on the roof. You also want to be aware of creating drainages to allow for safe run off.
You also should decide if you wish to create a food garden or grass garden. Certain types of plants will be heavier than others and there are tons of different kinds of grass seed types available on the market. With so many options, we are confident you can find a green roof to fit your lifestyle!
This is one tip that bears repeating over and over, even though it’s one of the most popular tips out there. Baths take a lot of water and showers are a little more efficient in terms of water usage. But, you should still take the time to get in and out as fast as possible. An average shower runs around 8 minutes long, which is quite wasteful. Here are a few tips on how to cut down on shower time:
· Don’t turn on the shower until you are ready to get in
· Use a non toxic soap, shampoo and conditioner. So many toxins in typical brands
· Save any shaving for the bathroom sink
· Wash and get out, no standing around under the water
· Swap out your shower head for a more efficient model
Change Your Lighting
Lighting is easily an area to go green in. Changing your lighting will reduce your electric bill and your impact on the planet. Additionally, changing out the materials can lessen the use of toxic materials to create them. Here are a few ways you can change the lighting in your home to reflect a greener lifestyle:
· Change your light bulbs to Light Emitting Diodes (LED)
· Purchase lamps that are made from wood or recycled materials
· Unplug your power adaptors when your lighting fixture is not in use
· Install skylights designed to filter in sunlight to light your home
· Install dimmers to minimize electric usage for lighting
Going green can sound like a daunting task, but really, it’s one of the more simplest moves we can make. And given our ecological state, it’s one thing we should do. Even if you only go green in one area of your life, it still makes all the difference. Do what you can, when you can!
Searching for ideas to make your home a greener place to live? Consider the roof over your head- the material you choose to protect you from the elements can make a big difference to the environment.
A metal roof is a perfect choice for homeowners looking for a sustainable roof. Home improvement expert Bill Hippard, president of the not-for-profit Metal Roofing Alliance (www.metalroofing.com) outlines five reasons why a metal roof is the best roofing material for your home and for the environment:
Eco-friendly products, including metal roofs, are rapidly replacing petroleum-based asphalt shingles. Approximately 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste is generated and disposed of in U.S. landfills every year.
The average metal roof contains a minimum of 25 percent recycled content. Some contain a much higher percentage. Although durable metal roofs will likely outlast your home, if you ever do re-roof, the material is 100% recyclable.
Because of its ability to reduce both cooling and heating energy usage, cool metal roofing, is considered by many to be the perfect sustainable product to put on your home. Homeowners who install a metal roof immediately see a change in their energy bills. In addition, this durable alternative can serve as an excellent platform for photovoltaic systems or to capture rainwater for irrigation.
Eco-friendly metal roofing products are now the #2 roofing product on the market. There are tons of choices, including unpainted or natural metal, pre-painted metal, and granular-coated metal. The wide variety of finishes, colors, textures and profiles give homeowners an opportunity to fit into any neighborhood, or stand out from the crowd.
When combined with other energy-saving components of a roof assembly and attic system, heat gain into the attic can be reduced by over 90 percent.
As a bonus, U.S. homeowners who install an Energy Star rated metal roofing system before the end of the year, will be eligible for up to $500 in tax credits.
When you think of green energy technology, you might think of things like wind mills, solar panels, or biofuels. While these advancements are certainly at the forefront of green energy, technology like computers, processing chips and electronic safety systems are also doing important work in maintaining the efficiency of such systems.
Bottom line, energy efficient actions is a renewable energy. For example:
• Making the switch to LEDs, or movement sensors, could save up to 80% of the energy used per bulb, compared to a standard lightbulb.
• Invest in a high-capacity solar battery which is an ideal backup electricity supply solution. It allows you to go ‘off grid’ if needed.
• Appliances and equipment that carry the Energy Star mark fall within the top 25% of the most energy efficient products, on average.