Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NFPA launches 'NEC Changes' with more than 500 changes made accessible for smartphones

NFPA launches 'NEC Changes' with more than 500 changes made accessible for smartphonesfrom Fire Department Network NewsWith the 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code® now available, the National Fire Protection Association has launched a new smartphone application, NEC Changes, which highlights changes between the 2008 NEC® and the 2011 NEC®. More than 500 updates and modifications, all accessible through smartphones, are provided free of charge.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Yelp for Business: 4 Steps for Success

This is an older post on, but I thought you might find it useful especially as Dominion Electric Supply just finished claiming our business locations on Yelp.

Yelp for Business: 4 Steps for Success

Friday, November 12, 2010

Attardi Marketing's "EnergyWatch"

A bunch of things in the Attardi Marketing EnergyWatch this month - but two of special note for us:

Acuity Brands Unveils New Intelligent Lighting and Controls Training Center At Its Sensor
Switch Facility - Located in Wallingford, CT, this facility is designed to provide hands-on training
for Sensor Switch customers and business partners and to showcase the newest Acuity Brands
intelligent LED lighting and lighting controls solutions.

and the

U.S. Army Steps Up Requirements for Greening Building, Lighting - Starting in fiscal year 2013,
designs for new construction and major renovations are to incorporate the sustainable design and development principles contained in the ASHRAE Standard 189.1. The standard details strategies for siting, cool roofs, solar water heating, advanced metering, storm water management and energy and water efficiency that reduce the environmental impacts of buildings. A new lighting policy, also announced last week, is effectively immediately. As new lighting is installed or existing lights need to be replaced, light bulbs purchased for Army facilities are to meet the energy efficiency standards set by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. 11/03 Reuters

Have a great weekend!

Swap It Out! Lightbulb Exchange

A big shout out to our very own Barbara Waterman who is braving the elements tomorrow to participate in a lamp exchange at Georgetown University. Barb says:

Dominion Electric Supply Company is extremely pleased to partner up with Philips Lighting Company for Georgetown University's Swap It Out! Lightbulb Exchange on

Wednesday, November 17th
12 noon to 3:00PM.
in Red Square

All students who bring a standard 60W to 100W incandescent lamp will be given a free energy efficient Philips Lighting 18W CFL.

Each 100W incandescent lamp swapped out for an 18W Philips CFL will save $32.79 annually in energy costs. And that's only the energy savings ... You'll also save on replacement costs. An average 100W incandescent lamp needs to be replaced every 6 months. The Philips 18W CFL, with an average life rating of 12,000 hours, will last 3.3 years.

For each student swapping out a 100W incandescent to the Philips 18W CFL, it is a win-win situation. Considering that we anticipate swapping out 1000 lamps on Wednesday, we expect the energy savings overall to be about $32,790.00 annually. Now that is a wonderful thing!!!

Good luck Barbara and keep up the good work!

This activity is sponsored by the student groups EcoAction, Georgetown Energy, and The Corp Green Team, with additional sponsorship from University Utilities and Energy Programs, and the Georgetown Sustainability Initiative and is limited to Georgetown Universtity students, staff and faculty members.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

ENERGY STAR education

Dominion Electric Supply is an ENERGY STAR Partner. We received their Fall 2010 Business & Industry Newsletter today and they had this feature for businesses I thought might be worth passing on:

Many of your tenants and employees are already taking steps to be greener at home by choosing energy-efficient lighting, appliances, and heating and cooling systems. But what about going green…at work? Did you know that the average office building wastes 30 percent of the energy it consumes? It's easy for employees to help eliminate that waste once they know which easy steps to take.

To help our partners educate and activate employees, tenants, and others, EPA has launched an off-the-shelf package of materials for HR professionals who want to encourage employees to save energy while helping their organization’s bottom line. Use this downloadable toolkit to hold and promote a brown bag session to educate employees about energy use, its impact on the environment, and what they can do to help. We provide a complete PowerPoint presentation (with speaker notes) that you can customize, editable flyers to hang around the building to advertise your session, and an email invitation template.

We’ve made it easy to incorporate energy education into your organization’s training program; start engaging those around you to follow your lead and “bring their green to work! Learn more at the ENERGY STAR website: