Electricians are the Best!!

I would like to go on the record with my belief that electricians are the “gentlemen” of the construction industry. It is the electrician that is the first on the jobsite and the last to leave. In my opinion, electricians have the most pride in workmanship and the utter professionalism necessary to understand and deal with every aspect of the construction process. Those qualities make electricians the most elite of the trade. I want to extend my complete gratitude to all electricians in the industry and for our employees at Harmon Electric for their outstanding abilities. It is through our … Read more

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Reduce Lighting Loads to Save Electricity

Lighting loads are one of the most efficient and cost effective systems that we can “upgrade” to greener technologies in order to save on the electric bill. Read more

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“Climate Positive” Urban Projects Slated for California and Florida

A former naval base on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay and a planned green community in central Florida will be two of the initial sites for the Climate Positive Development Program. The new international effort will develop large-scale urban projects with negative greenhouse gas emissions. Share and Enjoy:

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Ladder Safety

Tragedies like fatal falls can happen even from a ten foot ladder. But you can prevent and avoid falls that can lead to injuries and death by choosing ladders carefully, inspecting ladders, using them properly, and keeping them in good condition. Ladders are normally called one of two types; fixed (cannot be moved), or portable (movable). When choosing a portable ladder, consider type (step, straight, or extension), length, strength, and last, material (wood is nonconductive, heavy, hard to move and rots; metal is light, weather resistant, but conducts electricity; and fiberglass is light, long-lasting, and non-conductive). It is a good … Read more

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DOE Raises Award Ceilings for Smart Grid Projects

DOE is preparing to offer nearly $4 billion in Recovery Act funds for Smart Grid projects and has significantly raised the maximum awards for Smart Grid demonstration projects. DOE and the U.S. Department of Commerce have also announced the first set of proposed Smart Grid standards. Share and Enjoy:

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EPA Sets Energy Star Specifications for Computer Servers

Some computer servers will soon carry the Energy Star label, and on average they’ll be 30% more energy efficient than standard servers. But that raises a question: do semiconductors and their use in electronic gadgets help or hinder energy efficiency? Two new reports take opposing views. Share and Enjoy:

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BLM to Invest Recovery Act Funds on Renewable Energy Permitting

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, will invest $41 million in Recovery Act funds to reduce its backlog of applications for renewable energy projects. The Interior Department is also establishing four new Renewable Energy Coordination Offices to help cut through the red tape. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE to Invest $777 million in 46 New Energy Frontier Research Centers

Drawing in part on Recovery Act funds, DOE plans to invest $777 million to support 46 new Energy Frontier Research Centers for the next five years. The new centers will study top energy challenges such as solar energy, biofuels, solid-state lighting, hydrogen storage, and electrical energy storage. Share and Enjoy:

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New Hospital Energy Alliance to Promote Clean Energy in Healthcare

Clean energy is good for human health, so it makes sense for healthcare leaders to want to use clean energy in their hospitals. The new Hospital Energy Alliance will promote the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy in hospitals by bringing together national healthcare leaders and DOE. Share and Enjoy:

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EIA Projects Faster Clean Energy Growth with Recovery Act Funds

In an update to the , DOE’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act will provide a near-term jump in renewable power generation and a long-term reduction in residential and commercial energy use. Share and Enjoy:

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Architect Group Names Top Ten Green Buildings for 2009

This year’s top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green building design are located in six U.S. states, plus Victoria, British Columbia, and Beirut, Lebanon. The buildings combine energy-saving strategies with onsite energy sources, including solar, wind, and biomass energy. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Launches the Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance

DOE launched the Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance, a partnership of commercial real estate owners and operators that have volunteered to work with DOE to drastically reduce the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of commercial buildings. Share and Enjoy:

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Retrofit of Empire State Building to Slash Energy Use by 38%

By 2013, New York City’s Empire State Building should be consuming 38% less energy while shaving its peak electrical demand by 3.5 megawatts. But the real achievement of the massive energy retrofit is the process used to devise it, a process that can now be applied to other existing buildings. Share and Enjoy:

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Home Electrical Safety

Each year hundreds are electrocuted in their homes and thousands are injured in electrical related accidents – accidents that could have been prevented with just a little foresight and some common sense. Read more

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