Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Check out the Solar and Wind Expo

We will be sharing a booth with CREE lighting at the Solar and Wind Expo at the Timonium Fairgrounds May 7 through May 9, located right in the heart of the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. With numerous new government incentive programs and exciting technological innovations in the industry, now is the perfect time to integrate green technologies into your everyday life, both reducing your carbon footprint and saving money.

A raffle will be held at the Expo with a $1.9 million solar, near-zero-energy home as the Grand Prize. The raffle has been assembled to help keep “TV worth watching,” Maryland Public Television, in the community. First Prize is a 2010 Honda Insight hybrid vehicle. Tickets go are on sale for just $100 each online http://www.mptgreenhomeraffle.com/.

Selfridge Custom Builders constructed the Grand Prize dwelling located in Clarksville, in Howard County. Its features include LEED-certified "green" construction, a 70% reduction in energy costs over its lifetime, a solar photovoltaic system capable of providing a lifetime of free electricity for the homeowner, a solar hot water system, a whole-house air purification system for healthier indoor air quality and CREE LED lighting (provided by Dominion Electric Supply!).

Learn More: http://www.thesolarandwindexpo.com/index.html

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Attardi Marketing's "EnergyWatch"

We subscribe to Bill Attardi's "Energy Watch". This e-letter is always filled with information on the Lighting and Energy Management front. I just received the April issue in my mailbox. One of the last points talked about the Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction:

Still Active - The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 established a tax deduction for energy-efficient commercial buildings applicable to qualifying systems and buildings placed in service from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2007. This deduction was subsequently extended through 2008, and then again through 2013 by Section 303 of the federal Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424, Division B), enacted in October 2008.

A tax deduction of $1.80 per square foot is available to owners of new or existing buildings who
install (1) interior lighting; (2) building envelope, or (3) heating, cooling, ventilation, or hot water
systems that reduce the building’s total energy and power cost by 50% or more in comparison to a building meeting minimum requirements set by ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001. Energy savings must be calculated using qualified computer software approved by the IRS.

The April issue of EnergyWatch is loaded this month (14 pages) and is a click away:

We think Bill is great and had him come speak to us at a Marketing planning meeting. Please give him a look!