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There has never been a better time to upgrade your exterior lighting with energy-efficient LEDs. As a participating PNM QuickSaver™ contractor, we’re now offering higher rebates for LED retrofits on exterior lighting. This is deal will last for a limited time only.

PNM encourages small businesses to retrofit their existing lighting to energy efficient fixtures, ballasts, and lamps through their QuickSaver™ program. Learn more here: PNM QuickSaver™.

Modeling Energy Efficient Lighting Retrofits Just Got Easier

LiteProQD Photometric Tool Creates Lighting Layouts Using Precision-Paragon [P2] Fixtures

Yorba Linda, Calif. (PRWEB) December 11, 2014

LiteProQDToday, energy-efficient lighting manufacturer Precision-Paragon [P2] announced the availability of its LiteProQD 3D photometric modeling tool on itswebsite.

The online tool enables lighting professionals to quickly and easily plan energy-efficient-lighting layouts that use Precision-Paragon [P2] fixtures and retrofit kits. The tool allows users to develop their own layouts, or automatically generate layouts that deliver a targeted illumination level or lighting power density (LPD).

LiteProQD allows users to specify a host of custom variables, including custom room dimensions, fixture mounting options and work heights.

“Before, you had two options for planning lighting layouts,” said Joe Martin, [P2] vice president and general manager. “You could develop layouts manually, or you could use expensive and complex photometric software to create accurate models of illumination levels. LiteProQD is a third option.”

This option is both free and straightforward to use. [P2] has posted an introductory screencast for the LiteProQD tool on its website, and will be releasing more advanced training materials in the near future.

[P2] has made photometric data available for the majority of the 200+ lighting fixtures and retrofit kits listed on its website, and LiteProQD makes use of this data. LiteProQD allows users to specify a host of custom variables, including custom room dimensions, fixture mounting options and work heights. It auto-generates lighting layouts to meet target illumination levels, a specified number of luminaires, maximum LPD or specific grid layouts. Layouts can be viewed in 2D profile and overhead views, and in a 3D two-thirds overhead view.

Once a layout is generated, the tool models luminaire layout, the average illuminance throughout the space being modeled and the total LPD. The final layout can be easily printed and shared with coworkers, clients and partners.

“Our goal as a company is to help our customers create successful lighting projects,” said Martin. “LiteProQD makes that easier than ever.”

The LiteProQD online tool can be launched from product pages throughout http://www.p-2.com, and new users can become familiar with the tool by watching a screencast here.

About Precision-Paragon [P2]: For over 20 years, [P2] has made high-quality, indoor-and-outdoor light fixtures for a wide range of applications in retail, commercial and industrial spaces. [P2]’s energy-efficient lighting drastically cuts energy consumption, creating big cost savings and significant environmental benefits.

Over the last two decades, [P2] has earned a reputation for going the extra distance in customer support by producing high-quality, American-made products. [P2] products are manufactured in Hudson, Wis. and at the company’s headquarters in Yorba Linda, Calif.

Here is the original version on PRWeb.

Bulldog Energy Goes to Las Vegas for WPMA Convention

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In February, the Bulldog team joined other vendors from the Western United States for the Western Petroleum Marketers Association’s conference in Las Vegas, NV.

WPMA is made up of seven smaller state associations, including Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Washington.

This year’s convention is set to bring many new vendors to the trade-show hall. The program includes the awesome comedian, Frank Caliendo, as the keynote speaker, the Ladies’ Luncheon titled “Hats off to the Ladies of WPMA“, and a slate of management speakers on Tuesday and Thursday.

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An Insight on Recent Fluorescent Lamp Buying Trends

4ft_t12_40wattNational Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has recently reported shipment data for fluorescent lamps. Their index for T12 lamps beats the previous two quarters by advancing 8.6% from the second quarter to the third. In contrast, shipments of T5 and T8 lamps decreased by 6.6% and 11.1%, respectively. All three indices are in negative territory on a year-over-year basis for 2014 through the third quarter. T12 lamps secured an increase in market share for the quarter posting a gain of 3.2 percentage points to reach a share of 22.2%.

Electrical Marketing LiveWire asked Stacey Harrison, NEMA’s director of statistical operations, about the uptick in T12 lamp shipments and he explained that it’s most likely statistical noise – more a random fluctuation in shipments of replacement lamps than anything to do with real demand – and pointed out that the overall trend for T12s is still significantly downward.

Compact fluorescent lamp shipments, meanwhile, continued to slide, posting a year-over-year decline of 14.5% in the third quarter of 2014 despite a modest quarterly increase of 1.5%.

The shipments index for incandescent A-line lamps posted a decline of 62.9% for the quarter. In contrast, shipments of LED A-line and halogen A-line lamps continued to grow, showing quarterly gains of 53.8% and 37.7%, respectively.

Going Green for the Holidays

xmaslightsonhouseIt’s that time of year again! Soon you will be rummaging through storage attempting to locate your old holiday lights. Some people like to go all out decorating their homes, requiring a lot of technology to spread holiday joy. This time of year, the strain on the electrical grid  increases, and many scientists are pushing now more than ever to choose a more energy efficient strategy towards your holiday decorations. So what options do you have to save energy and costs this holiday season?

It’s 2013 and energy technology is now cheaper than ever, and there are more options than ever, too.  Let’s go over some of the things you can do to stay green this season.

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LED Christmas Lights

A standard string of 200 multi-colored LED lights will cost more than their incandescent counterparts, so what benefits could this investment really provide? When looking at the big picture, this option will certainly help out the environment more than your wallet. Which isn’t a bad thing necessarily; it just depends on where your personal priorities lie.  Let’s break it down:

Here are the parameters for our case study:

cost per kilowatt-hour = $.19
cost for LED lights (an 8 watt string) = $27
cost for Incandescent (a 48 watt string) = $14
run-time = 5 hours/day, 7days/week, 30 days (Month of December)
# of strands = 6

Incandescent LED
Initial Cost $83.94 $161.94
Operation Costs $8.91 $1.37
Cost for 1 season $92.15 $163.31

 

Your initial investment was $78 more by choosing LED over the incandescent. So how long before you are able to make that money back?  Since you’re saving $6.84 each year by using LEDs, you will have saved $78 dollars’ worth of energy in 11.4 years.

I’m betting that most of you would rather see a return on investment earlier than a decade of use. However, there are other benefits to using LEDS. They are usually safer and significantly more durable. As far as quality, the cheaper LED strings actually tend to appear dimmer than incandescent.

xmasluminariasIf you’re willing to pay for the quality, however, there are very bright and beautiful LED Christmas lights available at a retailer near you.

In conclusion, switching to LED for your holiday light show might not be efficient as far as costs are concerned, but they certainly are the clearer choice if your goal is to save energy and go green.

And for that traditional New Mexican look: Luminarias! No electrical costs and it only takes your time and a few readily-available supplies to prepare and set them up.

 

Solar Christmas Lights

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Solar Powered Lights

Here’s an interesting concept – what if you could bring a holiday experience to your home with ZERO energy? That sounds like a great deal, huh?! Well, let’s back up the gravy-train a bit. Yes, there are solar powered light strings available on the market, but if you’re expecting something to replace your vibrant long light string to accent your home’s exterior roofline – think again. The 100% solar powered lights that are available tend to give a “fairy garden” effect, meaning they are very dim and are great for subtle accent lighting. Another drawback is that location matters. Here in New Mexico we get 300+ days of sunshine, even in the month of December. But if you’re in the Pacific Northwest you might not see as much of a result with the solar panels.

If you’re a tinkerer or a hacker, you might be able to put a decent set of lights together with individual parts. As it currently stands, the cost of a large enough solar panel coupled with a battery with enough capacity to power a full string of standard LEDs is too high to market as a set of temporary lights that you would only use for about a month. Perhaps in years to come we may see these costs go down and the brightness and quality of solar panel LED light strings increase.

The Tree

xmasballBelieve it or not, you can actually go green – literally – with your tree this holiday. There has been a long argument over which type of tree is better for the environment – real or fake. Let’s explore the two sides.

 

Real Fake
No PVC (polyvinyl chloride) Contains PVC, often stabilized with lead which can break free as harmful dust after years of using the tree
Usually grown locally Usually shipped from China
You have to buy a new one every year You can  buy the tree once, then use it again for many years to come
Can decompose and can be recycled Don’t biodegrade and most do not have recyclable material

 

Christmas Tree Farm
Christmas Tree Farm

Generally the consensus is that going au natural with your tree is better overall for the environment. An independent study by a consulting group in Montreal once determined that you’d have to use your artificial tree for over twenty years in order for it to be the greener choice. As with most purchasing decisions, if you can buy local then do it! If you do choose the real tree route, there is most likely a handful of real tree family farms in your state, as well as those available through U.S. Forest Service permitting. The National Christmas Tree Association, A Christmas tree lobby, estimates that about 100,000 US jobs rely on the real tree industry.

But what if you could get a fake tree without the harm of plastic materials? The PossibiliTree is made of wood, making for a natural alternative to a fresh or artificial tree. If you’re more of the arts and crafts type of person, consider making a table top tree out of cardboard.

 

Heating

One energy-sucker which often goes unnoticed is your heating, cooling and ventilation system (HVAC). The end-of-the-year holiday months are cold – very cold (at least for those of us living in the northern hemisphere.) There are two things to consider when assessing your HVAC needs – insulation and the system itself (unit, ducts, etc). If you have poor insulation in your walls, or if your windows are not sealed correctly or are too thin, you will more than likely be overworking your heater leading to wasted energy. If you don’t have the budget or time for a full upgrade for either one of these two, consider supplementing or even replacing the need to crank up the thermostat with a space heater. These have come a long way over the years, and there are now Energy Star certified space heaters that are safer and more powerful than ever before. Some come in the form of a wannabe fireplace, and others look like something from a science fiction movie. Here are few to check out:

Dyson AM04, ~$400

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DeLonghi Compact Ceramic Electric Heater, ~$40

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Vornado, ~$130

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Ambia Ach-120 Portable Two Zone Ceramic Heater, ~$70

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LED vs. incandescent lighting data from http://www.wecheckenergy.com/pdf/Energy_Check_Holiday_Lights_12_11.pdf