Thursday, October 28, 2010

The benefits of lighting renovation

An email for a free webcast came across my *desk* this morning on "Lighting renovations for Money and Energy Savings".

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu calls lighting "the low hanging fruit of energy savings" - and for many facilities, savings are ripe for the picking.

From lower energy costs to significant tax deductions, the benefits of evaluating a building's lighting system for opportunities to increase efficiency can be numerous and long-lasting.
This webcast is perfect for facilities and maintenance professionals from all building types, hungry for the latest lighting technology in controls, lamps, luminaries and ballasts. You will learn how lighting technology can play a vital role in reducing costs and energy use in retail, offices, schools, plants and warehouses. The latest news on tax deductions (and examples of how much money other companies have saved) will also be included. Presented by Osram Sylvanaia and Maintenance Solutions... this link should work to register:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

3-Day Solar Design and Installation Boot Camp

Heatspring Learning Institute
3-Day Solar Design & Installation Boot Camp
With NABCEP Entry Level Exam

Learn to design & install solar electric systems from A to Z. The course guides students from system fundamentals to advanced mechanical and electrical concepts - it was designed for electricians and is being taught by a master electrician with fifteen years of solar installation experience.

Date & Location
November 9-11, 2010
The Enviro Center
7761 Waterloo Road
Jessup, MD 20794

Discounts on Technical Training for Friends of Dominion Electrical Supply

Visit use offer code “Dominion” at online checkout for an additional $495 off the listed website price!

Regular Price: $1695
Early Bird Price: $1495
Dominion Price: $1000

Meet the instructor! HeatSpring Instructor Ken Thames is an ISPQ Certified Master Trainer, a licensed Master Electrician, a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer, and a regular guy:

Monday, October 25, 2010

Saturday, November 6th & Sunday, November 7th
Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium

10:00am - 5:00 pm

The Maryland Green Show, a joint project of the Home Builders Association of Maryland and the Maryland Residential Green Building Council, is a two-day celebration with an extremely beneficial purpose: to educate the public on how in these tough economic times, going green can save green!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fall Fest 2010

I just found this blog entry (unfinished!) in my box. The tool items are still worthy to share, so I'll send it out with a "better late than never" tag!

I just finished eight afternoons at the JATC Local 26 Fall Fest. The trade show is a product of the Credit Union loan program which offers special discounts for the students for tools, clothes, cars and mortgages.

Dominion Electric Supply had a wide assortment of Klein, Ideal, Greenlee, and Fluke products for sale from 3-5 every afternoon when the day classes ended and the night classes began . It was a real treat for me to talk to all the first thru fifth year electricians and to the dedicated instructors who freely give their time and talent to help these young men and women become professional skilled tradespeople.

Some of the most popular items of this years show were the

Klein 932-9RE Rare Earth Magnet Torpedo Level ,

Ideal 61-766 660 Amp Meter w/TightSight Bottom display and 35-083 Twist-a-Nut Deburrrer

Greenlee L-77 Conduit Bending level and DTAPKIT drill and tap Kit

Fluke Amprobe ACD-20SW 400A Swivel Clamp Meter and 411SD Laser Distance Meter

I'll highlight these items in my next couple posts for you.

New Energy Efficiency Requirements

In my latest American Lighting Association Technology Update eletter, Terry K. McGowan, FIES, Director of Technology and Engineering writes:

Ban-the-Bulb"? No!
The most important change, because it is likely to generate many consumer inquiries about residential lighting, is the January 1, 2011, requirement in California to replace the standard 100 watt "A-Line" or general service household bulb with a more efficient 72 watt version.

Many of your consumer customers have the impression that this is the result of "ban-the-bulb" legislation such as was passed during the last couple of years in Europe or Australia. That's incorrect. In California, and a year later throughout the U.S., the 100 watt household bulb will be replaced with a lower wattage, more efficient (lumens/watt) version followed by replacements for the 75, 60 and 40 watt lamps in upcoming years. The ALA has written a simple one-page summary of these changes. Find it here: or on Dominion's website:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Premium Bulb Eater

The Premium Bulb Eater system is the safe, efficient way to recycle fluorescent lamps. It not only crushes spent fluorescent lamps of any length into 100% recyclable material, but also captures over 99.99% of the vapors released! The system, which is mounted to a 55-gallon container, can hold up to 1350 4' fluorescent lamps. Contact Barbara Waterman ( to learn more or to set up a demonstration. Or pick up our sales flier on from our website:

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Capitol Hill Solar House Tour this Saturday

Two great Home Tours this Saturday on Capitol Hill: The Capitol Hill Solar & Sustainable Home Tour (aka The Capitol Hill Solar House Tour) showing how renewable energy sources and energy efficiency features can be incorporated into DC buildings. (For more info on this event, go to

And The Tenth Annual Renovator’s House Tour highlighting clever solutions to everyday problems and how to create the house of your dreams on a real-life budget.

Green Bonus: RHT tickets also will be honored by the Solar Home Tour & Fair. For more information:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Siemens Answers. The Smart Grid Tour.

I just got this reminder in my mailbox ...

Siemens Answers. The Smart Grid Tour.
Looking forward to seeing you next Thursday

When: October 21, 20109:00am - 3:00pm
Where: Across from the Embassy Suites New York Ave and 11th Street NW Washington, DC

This no-cost event will feature education sessions on wide variety topics related to smart grid. Key sessions include:

- Buildings of the Future
- Preparing a Building for Smart Grid
- Energy-Centric Process Transformation: Bridging Operational Technology to Information
Technology to create business value
- Smart Grid - The Vital Role of Industry
- Enabling Generation & Renewables
- Phasor Measurement Units and the Grid
- Smart Grid Integration
- Meter Data Management Systems
- Automation in the Grid Energy-Centric Process Transformation: Bridging Operational Technology to Information Technology to create business value

Surrounding the convention center will be three distinct interactive zones:
- Smart (Power) Generation
- Smart Distribution
- Smart Consumption (Residential/Industrial/Commercial)

You can attend for one hour, a half day or full day depending on the time you have available. You will be able to customize your schedule and choose to attend an education session or tour the dome.

Learn more at their website:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Happy Hour Fundraiser 11/11/2010

for The Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health!

Join IEC Chesapeake at this fundraiser event to benefit the children and families staying at the Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health (NIH), which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year! The Children's Inn at NIH is a residential "place like home" for sick children and their families. Children come from across the country and around the
world to stay together with their families in The Inn's healing environment while receiving groundbreaking medical treatments at the NIH, the world's leading biomedical research center. While the NIH takes care of the child's medical needs, The Inn tends to the child's heart, soul and spirit.

Thursday, November 11, 2010 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
at Tommy Joe's Restaurant
4714 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 654-3801 ~

Learn more at: