Tuesday, December 27, 2011

SensorSwitch CM9





SensorSwitch CM9

The CM 9 Series occupancy sensor offers amazing performance and sensitivity to small motions for a standard range Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor. Ideal for small rooms with drop ceilings and areas without obstructions, the CM 9 is a snap to install.

Incentives*
BGE $100
Pepco $75
*Incentives subject to change, check the BGE and Pepco website for current figures.



Also, I just read a neat article by Joe Salimando -- "Green's ROI is stupendous, but you can't put it on paper." Posted by tED magazine on Tuesday, December 27, 2011. Enjoy! (if it turns out that the link is only for subscribers- let me know - I'll try to get permission to re-post the whole article.)

http://www.tedmag.com/news/news-room/special-report/Special-Report/Green-s-ROI-is-stupendous,-but-you-can-t-put-it-on-paper.aspx

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Looking forward to a relaxing day! Dominion will be closed November 24, 25, and 26th for the holiday.

Lithonia Lighting RT8




Lithonia Lighting 2RT8S and RT8B are designed for applications that require the extremely energy efficient delivery of comfortable volumetric light from a lay-in fixture that is appealing and shallow in depth and where room-side ballast access is required. Ideal for offices, schools, hospitals, and numerous other commercial applications. Incentives for BGE Smart Energy Savers and PEPCO's C&I Energy Savers programs are available.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Capital Building and Facility Maintenance Show

Dominion Electric Supply Co. invites you to visit us in Booth #308 at this FREE event!

Capital Building & Facility Maintenance Show
Dulles Expo Center - South Hall
November 15 - 16, 2011

The Capital Building & Facility Maintenance Show (CB-FM) is positioned to serve the needs of Facility Management and Maintenance professionals as well as Plant Engineering and Industrial Maintenance Professionals from across this region. This free, two-day trade show also features educational seminars designed to bring the latest information on the products, technologies and services today’s maintenance and repair operation professionals need.

Register Here - it's FREE! and we hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

LytePro7



LytePro7 is Stonco’s new LED innovation. It’s been designed specifically for “Through Stock Sales” from a distributor.




The all new LytePro7 Series wall-mounted luminaire from Stonco is less than half the size of traditional wall sconces but it delivers over twice the performance. LytePro7 is designed using high lumen output LED sources for maximum illumination and uniform distribution improving safety and security in perimeter lighting applications.




Along with new installations, the LytePro7 is ideally suited as a replacement for existing high pressure sodium, compact fluorescent and incandescent luminaires. LytePro7’s sturdy constructions and extended life can mean it will be the last fixture you will ever need to buy!



More information on the LytePro7 is available at www.crescent-stonco.com/lytepro7/

Friday, October 21, 2011

Happy Halloween and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging solutions








The guys on the Arlington counter were having a little fun and made up this counter display for October. Can you tell who the pumpkins are suppose to be?





To the left side of the awesome display (the cover is on the right) you can see a Electric Vehicle (EV) charger from Schneider Electric. In the catalog Schneider notes: Schneider Electric has solutions for your unique needs and will work with you to deliver the best charging infrastructure solution that includes product, installation, maintenance, and an infrastructure management system.

Schneider EV charging products are compatible with safety standards and industry specific standards, such as the Society of Automotive Engineers standards (SAE J1772).

They offer Residential charging stations which provide simple, easy-to-install, and userfriendly solutions for charging electric vehicles at home. Installations are provided by a network of licensed installers. Advanced versions feature intelligent communications and smart-grid integration options. And Commercial and Fleet Charging Solutions.


Fleet and commercial customers can count on charging solutions that offer convenient public and private access. Advanced versions will feature remote monitoring and billing capabilities servicing multiple charging points.


Learn more by downloading their brochure and catalog from our website: http://www.dominionelectric.com/news.htm or stop by one of our counter locations to take a look and ask questions. If you stop by remember, you'll only see these guys in our Arlington location - 5053 Lee Highway.



Happy Halloween!!








Tuesday, October 18, 2011

LevNet RF Wireless






Today we are featuring product from Leviton. The Leviton Wireless Sensing Solution combines the energy saving benefits of its occupancy sensors with self-powered and wireless technologies developed and licensed from EnOcean, the worldwide leader in wireless control technology. This line of wireless self-powered occupancy sensors, wall switch receivers and self-powered remote switches are the ideal solution for retrofits and new construction offering labor, material and time-savings on top of energy savings. Shown are Leviton WSS10 and WSC-IRW.


































For those in the participating service area, BGE offers an $100 incentive through their BGE Smart Energy Savers Program for each occupancy sensor installed. For more information check out: https://www.bgesmartenergy.com/business/energy-solutions-business/lighting-controls
and: https://www.bgesmartenergy.com/sites/bge/files/Prescriptive_Lighting.pdf




Leviton products can be found at any of our locations. Ask our sales people for more information.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

University of Maryland wins Solar Decathlon!

Congratulations to the University of Maryland! WaterShed has won the Solar Decathlon! We are so proud to have played a part in this fantastic project. Learn more here: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/blog/archives/1906

Shout out to John Cartagirone of American Power & Light, LLC who mentors the team on the electrical side. They have a nice interview with him on the WaterShed site.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

M.C. Dean, Inc. to Sponsor U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011

FYI!

MC Dean to sponsor the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Marq Shade on our Laurel counter and the Laurel showroom have worked with John Cartagironen of American Power and Light to provide support and products for every electrical product in the University of Maryland's House, Watershed. The Decathlon starts this Friday. Great place to visit over the weekend!

See the release:
M.C. Dean, Inc. to Sponsor U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Impact of Rare Earth Issue



Price Increases on Linear Fluorescent and Compact Fluorescent Lamps. As a reasult of the Impact on Rare Earth Oxides and the extraordinary circumstances in the lighting industry, most lamp manufacturers will be implementing large price increases in the upcoming months. Affected most are compact fluorescents and linear fluorescent lamps, with most manufacturers showing an average 25% price increase for these products. These increases WILL affect not only our stock cost but contracts, DSOs and SPAs as well. Due to the uncertainty of the situation, there are also potential short-term availability issues with many of the affected lamp types. We appreciate your patience as we work through this widespread industry issue.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this issue further, please contact your Dominion Electric Supply sales rep. We are here to help you. To learn more about the Rare Earth issue visit our website: http://www.dominionelectric.com/about-facility.htm

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Don't forget the LED Roadshow



The Sylvania LED Roadshow at the Lutron Experience Center is Wednesday, August 31, 2011. 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm. We are hoping to get all RSVPs in today! Don't forget to register!

Learn about Sylvania's new LED products, tour the Lutron Experience Center in Washington, DC and mingle with industry folks. Details are on the registration form available to download at our website: www.dominionelectric.com/news.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Fluke Promo: Get more than you paid for



Fluke introduces the "Get more than you paid for" promotion. Free Fluke products with your purchase starting at $100.

Purchase: $100 to $250 get a Bonus: Fluke 2AC Volt Alert
Purchase: $251 to $500 get a Bonus: Fluke C550 Tool Bag
Purchase: $501 to $1000 get a Bonus: Fluke 62 Infrared Thermometer
Purchase: Over $1000 get a Bonus: 2AC+C550+62

Flyer and redemption forms available on our website: www.dominionelectric.com/news or learn more on the Fluke site: www.fluke.com/BonusTools

Friday, August 5, 2011

LED Roadshow

You are invited to an LED Roadshow! Learn about Sylvania's new LED products, tour the Lutron Experience Center in Washington, DC and mingle with Sylvania, Lutron, and Dominion Electric Supply Staff.

Guiding us through the products on the roadshow is Bill O'Connell, Sylvania's Specifications Engineer for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He consults with specifiers, architects, and contractors from New York to South Carolina. Bill has nearly 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, and has held numerous positions at Sylvania, including Product Manager and Applications Engineer. He is LEED and Lighting Certified, and is an expert on emerging trends in the lighting industry. Following the presentation and tour, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks on the building terrace overlooking the city.

Pick up the registration from our website: http://www.dominionelectric.com/news

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Energy Solutions International's RetroPAK




Energy Solutions International's (ESI) new RetroPAKs are T8 retrofit kits that allow for a hassle-free upgrade from T12 to T8 fixtures, saving contractors time and energy. With RetroPaks, contractors and maintenance professionals can quickly convert a T12 fixture with a magnetic ballast into an energy-efficient T8 fixture with an electronic ballast. These kits can help reduce a building's energy consumption by over 50%, improve light output, and last up to twice as long, reducing maintenance costs. RetroPaks are already pre-wired and pre-ballasted, and come in a variety of system wattages. We have several configurations in stock on our counters.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Greenlee Holemaking promo on counters


I am copying and pasting a bit from the Greenlee website (and in doing so, spotted a typo, "...throught it with Greenlee") to let you know about a little counter promo we are running "while supplies last."

When it comes to innovative tools, Greenlee delivers year-after-year with a comprehensive line of holemaking products that is second to none. Their tools get through steel, stainless steel, wood, aluminum, fiberglass, plastic, drywall, ceiling tile, cement board and more. If you need to knockout, drive, drill, cut or punch, you know you’ll get through it with Greenlee.

For a limited time, now at Dominion Electric Supply, buy $50 in Greenlee Holemaking products and get a FREE zipper bag (0158-14). Pick up the flyer at our counters or here: http://www.dominionelectric.com/news.htm

and to learn more about Greenlee Holemaking products, visit the Greenlee site: http://www.mygreenlee.com/GreenleeDotCom/Products/main.shtml?greenlee_category_id=2

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Price Increases on Linear Fluorescent and Compact Fluorescent lamps

I just realized how long it's been since I posted on the blog. I guess the good news is I've been so busy!

Here's some other news.... As a result of the Impact on Rare Earth Oxides and the extraordinary circumstances in the lighting industry, most lamp companies will have a large price increase in the upcoming months. Affected most are compact fluorescents with roughly a 25% price increase, as well as linear fluorescents with at 10% price increase for most companies. These increases WILL affect not only our stock cost but contracts, DSOs and SPAs as well. To learn more about the Rare Earth issue, go to http://www.dominionelectric.com/news.htm

Friday, June 17, 2011

Milwaukee Counter Day and Specials in Chantilly

Quick pick for next week:
Milwaukee Counter Day and Specials
Dominion Electric Supply Chantilly

Thursday, June 23rd
11AM-2PM
Lunch Provided!

Please join us at the Dominion Electric Supply in Chantilly for a Milwaukee exclusive event with live demos and great deals!

The flyer for the day (and the Chantilly counter address) is posted on our website: http://www.dominionelectric.com/news.htm

Counter Days coming in July:

O T Hall: Rab, Ideal, Advance / Philips Ltg. Philips: LED/Allstart HID

Wednesday, July 6, 8:00 am LAUREL
Monday, July 11, 8:00 am GAITHERSBURG
Thursday, July 14, 8:00 am MANASSAS

Friday, June 10, 2011

Milwaukee FREE M12 Radio


Milwaukee is running a great promotion through the end of September. (and just in time for Dad's Day June 19th ...)

GET A FREE Milwaukee M12™ RADIO (2590-20) WHEN YOU PURCHASE A MILWAUKEE® TEST & MEASUREMENT PRODUCT (Over $100 Value!)

QUALIFYING ITEMS:
2205-20 Fork Meter
2206-20 Fork Meter for HVAC/R
2216-20 Digital Multimeter
2217-20 Digital Multimeter
2220-20 Digital Multimeter Combo Kit
2235-20 400 Amp Clamp Meter
2237-20 Clamp Meter
2236-20 Clamp Meter for HVAC/R
2266-20 LASER TEMP-GUN™ Thermometer
2280-20 Laser Distance Meter

Get the Redemption Form from our counters at time of purchase, or download from our website: http://www.dominionelectric.com/news.htm

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Spot Opportunities Seminar

The last time we hosted a Spot Opportunities Seminar for our contractor and property manager customers, we had two great speakers. Sean Fitzgerald, Global Energy Services, told us to "Catch the Wave" with Energy Audits and Lighting Retrofits. And Jacob Goldman, Energy Tax Savers, Inc., helped us understand that the tax savings covered with EPAct was just the icing on the cake. Both these presentations have been shortened as much as possible and posted on our YouTube Channel. Check them out: http://www.youtube.com/user/dominionelectric

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Spot Opportunities Seminar

You are invited to attend our seminar: "Spot Opportunities with Energy Management, Lighting Audits and Retrofits."

Our guest speaker is Chuck Peacher, Senior National Account Manager with Philips Optimum Lighting. His discussion will center on “What Lighting technology should I choose?” T8, T5, Induction, LED, Compact fluorescent, or Incandescent. Along with *hands-on* demos, Mr. Peacher will also share scenarios where people have had successes with Lighting Audits and Retrofits.

Representatives from our sponsoring vendors will be available to answer questions and show product after the seminar. Two dates: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in Laurel, Maryland Thursday, June 23, 2011 in Chantilly, Virginia. Time: 7:00 am - 10:00 am.





Download the invite and RSVP at our website: http://www.dominionelectric.com/news.htm

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Learn and Earn with Philips

I received an invitation from Philips for a FREE “Learn and Earn” webinar on AllStart technology to pass along to my customers. So here you go:

Do you need an energy-saving alternative for your metal halide lamps? Do you want to earn $25?

Philips Lighting is offering a FREE webinar titled, “Energy Advantage CDM lamps with AllStart Technology” on June 7, 2011 at noon EST.
This webinar is a great opportunity to learn more about AllStart Technology and earn $25! Philips Lighting is offering a $25 gift card to end users like yourself who participate in the “Learn and Earn” webinar on AllStart technology and then answer the questions at the end. The webinar will take less than an hour and it’s a great opportunity to determine if Philips Energy Advantage CDM lamps with AllStart Technology are a good solution for your building.Click here to register. Seats are limited* so sign-up today. Sincerely,Barbara LlullChannel Marketing ManagerPhilips Lighting * This offer is open to the first 200 registrants. Once space if full, this webinar will be closed for attendance.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

LED Landscape Training

Are you an electrician or landscape contractor? If so, then we have some training for you!




Kichler's Ron Carter is coming for these trainings:

Wed. May 25th from 11-2 in the Chantilly showroom (lunch will be served).

Thu. May 26th from 8:30-11:30 in the Arlington showroom (breakfast will be served).


Here's a little more info about Ron from his bio:
Ron’s continuing passion for landscape lighting fuels his desire to help contractors and distributors alike how to best understand these types of products and how to utilize them to their full potential with safety as the number one concern.

Having personally designed and installed hundreds of lighting systems over the 19 years he’s been at Kichler, Ron understands the business and knows what contractors go through from the quote, installation and even maintaining the system. He is also well aware of the pitfalls a contractor can go through when they inherit a system they did not install.

And here is what he plans to teach us:
~ A Brief History of LED
~ Why do we need LED?
~ How Kichler LED virtually eliminates voltage drop
~ How Kichler LED wattages compare to halogen wattages
~ Why does LED end up costing the contractor less money?
~ How do you sell a maintenance contract if you’re not changing the lamps?
~ Comparing an LED Installation to a Halogen Installation (The labor and the financial realities)
~ Should you use LED MR16 retrofits in halogen fixtures?
~ New Product Training


Please let us know if you would like any further information. If you are able to join us, please RSVP to Greg Tiedemann (gtiede@dominionelectric.com). We look forward to spending time with you!

(If you'd like more information about Kichler Lighting, their web site is http://www.kichler.com/.)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Kichler LED Landscape Training



Are you an electrician or landscape contractor? If so, then we have some training for you!


Kichler's Ron Carter is coming for these trainings:

Wed. May 25th from 11-2 in the Chantilly showroom (lunch will be served).

Thu. May 26th from 8:30-11:30 in the Arlington showroom (breakfast will be served).


Here's a little more info about Ron from his bio:

Ron’s continuing passion for landscape lighting fuels his desire to help contractors and distributors alike how to best understand these types of products and how to utilize them to their full potential with safety as the number one concern.

Having personally designed and installed hundreds of lighting systems over the 19 years he’s been at Kichler, Ron understands the business and knows what contractors go through from the quote, installation and even maintaining the system. He is also well aware of the pitfalls a contractor can go through when they inherit a system they did not install.

And here is what he plans to teach us:
~ A Brief History of LED
~ Why do we need LED?
~ How Kichler LED virtually eliminates voltage drop
~ How Kichler LED wattages compare to halogen wattages
~ Why does LED end up costing the contractor less money?
~ How do you sell a maintenance contract if you’re not changing the lamps?
~ Comparing an LED Installation to a Halogen Installation (The labor and the financial realities)
~ Should you use LED MR16 retrofits in halogen fixtures?
~ New Product Training


Please let me know if you would like any further information. If you are able to join us, please RSVP to Greg Tiedemann (gtiede@dominionelectric.com). We look forward to spending time with you!

(If you'd like more information about Kichler Lighting, their web site is http://www.kichler.com/.)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Evr-Green: The Complete Solution to Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging


Here's the Leviton residential and commercial electric car charging products information I promised you last time!

The Evr-Green™ Product Line
Leviton offers a complete solution for residential, commercial and public plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging: the Evr-Green™ line of electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). Evr-Green products are compliant with all industry standards and compatible with all major auto manufacturers’ electric vehicles (SAE J1772 compliant).

The line will include Level 1 and Level 2 residential charging products. These levels are defined by industry specifications with each level up representing a solution of higher amperage/voltage which reduces overall charging time.

Leviton’s Level 2 Evr-Green products are an industry-first “Plug-n-Play” system. This significantly reduces the complexity and cost of the charging stations by providing the option to separate the electrician’s visit to prepare the home from the actual purchase and deployment of the charging station itself

Evr-Green™ Certified Installer Program.
The Leviton Certified Evr-Green Installer Program builds on a contractor's experience and knowledge to ensure a quality installation of Leviton evr-green electric vehicle charging equipment. Program members are experts in their field and adhere to the highest levels of professionalism and workmanship. Offering free estimates, a warranty on workmanship and proof of being bonded and insured is a prerequisite of being included in this select group of qualified electricians/contractors.

Learn more here: http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/ibeCZzpHome.jsp?minisite=10091&respid=22372

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Self-Powered Wireless Controls Allow New Installation Opportunities While Saving Time and Reducing Installation Costs By 50% or More!



We had a nice meeting with William Cheetham and Fran McGovern of Leviton today, so I thought I'd mention one of the more popular products/solutions they carry. (We talked alot about car chargers too, but that's for my next post!)

Has a customer ever asked for a switch in a location where it is difficult or costly to run a wire? How about a detached garage or a room with concrete walls and ceilings? Leviton's LevNet RF™ provides a solution.

With LevNet RF, contractors can now offer their customers a reliable cost-effective wireless solution for basic lighting controls and 3-way switching. All without having to pull new wire. LevNet RF helps contractors complete projects in half the time with little to no negative impact to the customer’s operations or damage to the customer’s property. By spending less time on installations and finishing more jobs, contractors can work smarter and generate additional profits for their company.


Wireless controls offer the best and most cost effective energy solution to meet today’s government mandates to reduce lighting energy use. Using wireless and self-powered technologies developed and licensed from EnOcean, the worldwide leader in wireless control technology, LevNet RF solutions are maintenance-free, saving ongoing labor and material costs while saving energy. Wireless and self-powered technology means no new wiring, external power, or batteries are required.


With no additional wiring required, installation is quick and easy and takes only minutes to configure. LevNet RF offers simple lighting control and configurability for occupancy sensing, ON/OFF switching, 3-way switching, bi-level switching, hotel HVAC control, and much more for design flexibility. No wires, no batteries, and no limits for a flexible and cost-effective energy savings solution in any application – this makes LevNet RF the preferred solution for retrofit and new construction applications. In addition, the LevNet RF line is Made in USA, ARRA, and Buy American compliant.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Philips Endura LED A-Shape Lamp

Earth Day is the official launch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2011 Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR campaign, educating consumers about what they can do to save energy and help protect the climate.

One of our newest stock products fits the bill:

Philips EnduraLED 12.5W has met or exceeded the quality and energy efficiency requirements for a 60W LED equivalent set forth by ENERGY STAR, proving that it is a highly-efficient, cost-effective lighting option for professional end users. The lamp lasts 25 times longer and uses 80% less energy than the 60W incandescent it was designed to replace.

Products that earn the ENERGY STAR label by meeting the quality energy efficiency requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are often eligible for utility rebate programs which lower the cost of the product, making it easier for endusers to begin saving energy. To earn an ENERGY STAR label, a 60W LED equivalent must have a minimum light output of 800 lumen, a color temperature of 2700K (for soft-white light), Color Rendering of 80, and a minimum 3 year warranty, among other specifications. The Philips EnduraLED meets or exceeds these specifications with 806 lumens, 2700K, a CRI of 80 and a 6 year warranty.

Philips was also the first – and only – company to have submitted an A19 replacement lamp for the U.S. Department of Energy's L Prize contest, which calls for an LED equivalent to the 60W lamp that can produce 900 lumens using less than 10 watts of electricity. The L Prize is the first government-sponsored competition to encourage innovation in the lighting industry. Since the L Prize submission in the fall of 2009, the Philips lamp has been undergoing field, lab and lifetime testing with the DOE.

EnduraLED A-Shape Lamp is ENERGY STAR® Qualified

Part of an innovative, commercially available LED product family, the Philips EnduraLED line includes 25W, 40W and 60W LED A-shape equivalents that are high-efficiency, soft white-light alternatives to incandescent lighting. These lamps deliver superb color consistency and have a rated average life of 17 years. LUXEON LEDs combined with their unique designs and remote phosphor technology allow the lamps to mimic an incandescent and cast light in all directions, with the same familiar soft-white glow.

Dominion Electric Supply has the Philips EnduraLED 12A19 12W in stock and on display in our supply counters.

Friday, April 15, 2011

EPA Unveils Updated Energy Star Standards for Lighting

EPA Unveils Updated Energy Star Standards for Lighting ASID sent me this article in their Eye on Design Newsletter: Apr 12, 2011 On the heels of announcing new guidelines for TVs, the U.S. EPA has unveiled updated standards for light fixtures. Effective October 1, 2011, to qualify for the Energy Star label, light fixtures will need to increase efficiency 30 percent above currently qualified fluorescent-based fixtures. In 2013, performance requirements will increase further, providing 40 percent higher efficiency compared to currently qualified models.The bulbs in Energy Star-qualified fixtures last at least 10 times longer than standard light bulbs, according to the EPA. The fixtures will continue to meet other strict performance requirements that ensure quick start-up and high quality light output, as well as reduced toxic content in the fixture materials. Additionally, the fixtures will come with a three-year warranty, which is above the industry practice.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

IEC Radio

In the April 13, Electrical Matters enews, I saw that Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) and NCS Radio Network have partnered to bring you IEC Radio, a program that focuses on the construction industry issues you really care about. Each brief segment of IEC Radio keeps you abreast of the latest developments in the construction industry around the world. Now playing on IEC Radio: "Selling Value vs Price" Are you tired of competing solely on offering lower prices? If so, join IEC Radio Host Ted Garrison as he interviews Mack Hannon, author of the bestselling book, Consultative Selling, on how to sell value instead of price. Together, they will discuss how to master consultative selling, and how this relates to delivering greater value and increasing customer satisfaction. Find it here: http://www.ieci.org/index.mv?screen=10_IECRadio

Monday, April 11, 2011

WaterShed















I was invited to attend an event last Thursday to celebrate the University of Maryland's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, WaterShed. It was great to see the excitement and enthusiasm of the Team and sneak-a-peek at the house. It will be amazing! The goal of the Team is to not only to win the Solar Decathlon (!), but to change the way people live. The University of Maryland was inspired by the Chesapeake Bay to design a house that can live in harmony with nature. Learn how WaterShed provides a unique solution to the challenges faced by the largest estuary in the United States at the DOE website: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/team_maryland.html

The guest list included students, faculty, and mentors of Team Maryland. And speaking for the team were: Wallace D. Loh, President, University of Maryland; Richard King, Director, U.S Department of Energy Solar Decathlon; David Cronrath, Dean, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Darryll Pines, Dean, A. James Clark School of Engineering; Amy Gardner, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Principal Investigator, WaterShed; Madlen Simon, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Co-Principal Investigator, WaterShed; Allison Wilson, Student Team Leader, Architecture; David Daily, Student Team Leader, Engineering; Scott Tjaden, Student Team Leader, Living Systems; Parlin Meyer, Student Team Leader, Construction.


It was especially nice to hear how much the Team appreciated the hard work, dedication, and mentoring of our good customer, John Cartagirone, American Power & Light (http://www.americanpowerandlight.com/), who got us involved in the project. He is very forward thinking and a great guy. Check out the house on-line or visit it once it is reassembled at West Potomac Park for the Decathlon Sept 23 - Oct 2, 2011. (or call John!)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Solar Design & Installation Boot Camp

****** NEW DATES AND LOCATION! ****** 3-Day Solar Design & Installation Boot Camp from the HeatSpring Learning Institute Learn to design & install solar electric systems from A to Z. This course guides students from system fundamentals to advanced mechanical and electrical concepts - it was designed for electricians and will be taught by a master electrician with fifteen years of solar installation experience. Friends of Dominion Electric Supply get a large discount off the course cost! April 26-28, 2011 You asked for it, you got it! Class will be held in Maryland:Dominion Electric Supply8610 Cherry Lane, Laurel. Download the registration here: http://www.dominionelectric.com/news.htm

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. (Learn more at http://www.solardecathlon.gov/ ) Solar Decathlon 2011 will be held at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park, on the banks of the Potomac River along the path between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials.

Dominion Electric Supply is proud to once again help the University of Maryland with their entry. WaterShed, is a solar-powered house inspired by the rich, complex ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which stretches over 64,000 square miles of Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Find out more, get involved or become a sponsor today! http://2011.solarteam.org/

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lamp changes

I just got back from a SYLVANIA LED road show in Washington, DC. We were able to hear (see and ask about) all the exciting new LED products that SYLVANIA is rolling out this year. There is some really neat stuff to show our customers in the very near future. Hopefully we can host a contractor/end-user specific show when the product becomes available.

A couple things really hit home for me. One is that there are a lot of lighting options - LED is just one of them, and it's not the solution to every lighting challenge. And two, that the light bulb changes mandated by the government are coming up soon. We have some materials available for download on our website for your review:

Federal Legislation on light bulbs
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) is phasing out some incandescent light bulbs and is requiring manufacturers to replace them with new, energy efficient bulbs that comply with EISA's mandated performance levels for incandescent and incandescent halogen bulbs.

The phase-out of the general service bulbs will begin January 1, 2012 starting with the 100W. The 75W will follow in 2013 and the 60W and 40W will follow in 2014. This means you will have to use more efficient lighting alternatives. Download an easy to understand chart outlining the changes from our website: http://www.dominionelectric.com/news.htm

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Thomas Edison!

I do really enjoy the Google Doodle. Besides being fun to look at, it keeps me up-to-date on important events. Like today, it reminded me it was Thomas Edison's birthday. Happy Birthday Thomas Edison! http://tinyurl.com/4jmx4x7

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

BGE Smart Energy Savers Program and NEMA PremiumTM motors

News in from the BGE Smart Energy Savers ProgramSM:

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) law mandates that NEMA PremiumTM efficiency motors become the standard as of December 19, 2010. Accordingly, BGE will no longer offer incentives for NEMA PremiumTM motors purchased after February 28, 2011. BGE will require that all Prescriptive Motor applications for motors purchased prior to the February deadline be received by BGE no later than April 30, 2011. For a copy of the Prescriptive Motor application, please click here.

Due to the upcoming deadline, the BGE Smart Energy Savers ProgramSM urges you to take advantage of motor incentives before the window is closed. As a reminder, motors purchased through February 28, 2011 may be placed in stock and have up to 6 months to be installed.

BGE Smart Energy Savers ProgramSM
BGESmartEnergy.com/business

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A couple more highlights


Just a few more things to mention from the Apprentice Show. Everyone really liked the Fluke/Amprobe ACD-20SW. This Amprobe swivel clamp meter features rotating head clamp design allows easy viewing of the measurements in tight or inconvenient to reach places. Simply rotate the body of meter to get an unobstructed view of the LCD display. Reach set of features and CAT III 600V safety reading for use in electrical and HVAC applications

Friday, January 21, 2011

Highlights from the Apprentice show


Next item that held the apprentice's interest was the Greenlee L77 Mini Magnetic Bubble Level.


A professional grade level with bending offset aid.
Mini torpedo design with Handy "no-dog" attachment for bending.
Three rare earth magnets provide superior holding strength.
Four vial design - 0 deg., 90 deg., 45 deg. and 30 deg.
Machined from aluminum alloy and anodized to aircraft standards.
Compact size fits easily in tool pouch.
V-groove on top of level for easy view of vials.
Bending offsets and calculatons permanently laser engraved onto level.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Highlights from the Apprentice show


Ideal's 660 Amp TightSight™ Clamp Meter was a hit too.
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Features include:
True RMS
Capacitance
Frequency measurement via clamp head or leads
40AAC low range
Perfect for motor and ASD troubleshooting
Measures up to 660A
TightSight™ bottom display
Voltage-presence warning on all functions
Tapered jaws with hook tip
Max/Min
Peak Max/Min (1ms)
Audible continuity
Selectable auto power off
Data Hold
Includes leads, alligator clip and case
CAT IV -600V rating
CAT III - 1000V rating
2-year warranty

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hands on Seminars for Contractors

A.C Motor Theory & Motor Control. A 16-Hour Seminar reviewing A.C. Theory and Hands on Motor Control training. This course is designed to provide the student with information regarding modern industrial motor controllers and control systems as needed by the industrial/commercial electrician. Saturdays, April 9 & 16, 2011 (7:30 am - 4 pm)

Intro to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) is a 16-Hour Seminar designed to teach students the types and uses of PLC’s. Saturdays, May 7 & 14, 2011 (7:30 am - 4 pm)

Both courses will be taught by Tom Patton who has over 40 years in the electrical industry with a BSDegree in electrical engineering. He has developed and taught motor andprogrammable controls to over 1,000 students. Tom is on the Board of Dir. of the IEEE, Baltimore Section.

At the IEC Chesapeake Odenton Training Facility, 1424 Odenton Road, Odenton, Maryland 21113

Download the registration for either seminar from our website: http://www.dominionelectric.com/news.htm

Monday, January 10, 2011

Highlights from the Apprentice show

A while back Dominion Electric Supply participated in the IBEW Local 26's Fall Fest for Apprentices. I had mentioned I would show you the tools that everyone was asking about and here's the first, Klein Tools' Rare Earth Magnet Torpedo Level:



Rare Earth Magnet Torpedo Level



9" Torpedo Level
Large, high visibility vials are easy to read.
Strong Rare Earth magnets hold level securely.
Easy to read vials set for measurements at 0, 30, 45 and 90 degrees.
Machined billet aluminum design.
High contrast laser etched.