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DLC 4.0 Takes Effect April 2017

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The DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) is a non-profit organization which establishes product quality specifications and tests them to ensure that commercial lighting products are high-quality and energy-efficient.d-l-c-q-p-l-l-i-s-t-e-d-g-logo-jpeg

On April 1, 2017, products that do not meet the V4.0 Technical Requirements will be removed from the active qualified product list and will not be eligible for rebates.

The new standards of 4.0 can be found here, but basically, they are continuing to encourage innovation and efficiency by ensuring that improvements in LED technology include energy savings.

You can check to with your local utility or the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) to find rebates. DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Click on this link to see if there are rebates available in your state.

Conservation Mart offers a wide range of DLC listed lighting options and our customer service team will help answer questions you may have about which bulbs meet these new standards.

 

 

 

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EPA’s WaterSense Program Creates Big Savings

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watersenselogoThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program, works to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people simple ways to use less water.

By promoting the value of water efficiency, providing consumers with easy ways to save water, and encouraging innovation in manufacturing, WaterSense has helped consumers save a total of 1.5 trillion gallons of water and more than $32.6 billion in water and energy bills! By the end of 2015, reductions of 212 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and 78 million metric tons of carbon dioxide were achieved through the use of WaterSense labeled products.

Using WaterSense labeled faucets or faucet accessories could reduce a household’s faucet water use by more than 500 gallons annually—that’s enough water to do 14 loads of laundry.

Even if only 1 in every 10 homes in the United States installed WaterSense labeled faucets or faucet accessories in their bathrooms, it could save 6 billion gallons of water, and more than $50 million in the energy costs to supply, heat, and treat that water.

One of our best sellers is the Neoperl Perlator Regular Dual Thread 1.5 GPM Aerator.  Whether your looking to change to a water saving flow or just replace a existing faucet housing, you will enjoy the benefits of NEOPERL’s patented anti-liming construction. Using a 1.5 gallons per minute aerator will save you up to 30% water (in comparison to a 2.2 gpm). Energy savings can also add up by heating less water.

WaterSense labeled toilets use 20 percent less water per flush but perform as well as or better than today’s standard toilets. We recommend the Niagara Stealth Dual Flush Elongated Toilet Bowl. The Stealth technology has truly changed the market in that it features a low-profile body, ultra quiet flush, and patented hydraulic technology. The low friction, smooth ceramic surface of the toilet bowl allows for clearing with every flush. By providing two flush options, they reduce water consumption and costs like no other models out there! Check this link for available rebates.

Water is crucial for the survival of the earth and all its’ inhabitants, but there is a limited in supply. The Earth might seem like it has abundant water, but in fact less than 1 percent is available for human use.  We all need to do our part to limit our household water usage, and upgrading to WaterSense devices in your home is a great place to start.

 

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EPA’s Successful Energy Star Program

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In 1992, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced ENERGY STAR as a voluntary labeling program designed to energy staridentify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They began by labeling computers and monitors and in 1995 expanded the label to include office equipment products and residential heating and cooling equipment.

In 1996, the EPA partnered with the US Department of Energy for major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, new homes and commercial and industrial buildings and plants.

Today, ENERGY STAR encourages energy efficiency in more than 70 product categories. More than 1.6 million homes and over 25,000 buildings have earned ENERGY STAR certification.

Third party certification process makes sure anything that earns the blue label meets the highest standards. Even an LED bulb must pass dozens of checks to assure quality, performance, and efficiency. Conservation Mart is proud to carry a wide variety of ENERGY STAR bulbs.

Over the years, the ENERGY STAR label has helped save more than $362 billion on utility bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.4 billion metric tons.  EPA’s ENERGY STAR program is the most successful voluntary energy efficiency movement in history. Visit their EPA Energy Star  site to learn more about this program and to find information on federal tax credits.

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How to Choose the Right LED Street or Area Light

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LED Street and Area Lighting Fixtures are ideal for outdoor areas including streets, roadways, parking lots, and pedestrian areas. LED area-lightWell-designed LED outdoor fixtures can provide the required surface illuminance using less energy and with improved uniformity. These LED Area Lights also have significantly longer life and offer better lumen maintenance, energy efficiency, durability, color quality, light distribution, thermal management, and low costs.

When selecting an LED Area Light, you will want to consider the following options:

Mounts
LED Area Lights are available in different mounts such as pole mounted fixtures, slipfitter and trunnion mount models, knuckle pole and wall mounts.  LED Area Lights  also fit into commercial fixtures and shoebox fixtures which feature multiple mounting options, and a  heavy duty slim design.

Lumens
With new light bulbs, shopping by lumens is more important than shopping by watts when choosing which energy-efficient bulb to purchase. While wattage measures the amount of energy required to light products, lumens measure the amount of light produced. This means that the more lumens the product has, the brighter the light source is. Instead of buying products based on how much energy they consume (watts), consumers should consider how much light they give us (lumens).

Wattage
Wattage is the measure of the bulb’s energy consumption – not how much light it puts out. Energy-efficient bulbs use fewer watts to give off the same amount of brightness (lumens). Because of this, LEDs (which have typically low wattages when compared with lumens) not only help reduce energy usage but also lower electric bills.

Color Temperature
Color temperature refers to the color appearance of the light that comes from a light source. It’s an important performance characteristic to asses when evaluating bulbs because the color temperature creates the mood of the space you are lighting and can thus influence buying behavior or work performance. The apparent color of a light source is measured in Kelvin. The higher the Kelvin temperature, the whiter the light.

DLC Listed
When a fixture is DLC Listed (stands for Design Light Consortium) it may qualify for energy rebates by your local utility which can significantly reduce the cost of ownership. The qualified products list is a resource for program administrators, to help them decide which solid state lighting products to include in their energy efficiency promotions.

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LED Retrofits vs. LED Ready T8 Replacement Fixtures

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Advantages of LED lights include, energy savings, better quality light, and the ability to respond to intelligent controllers, for even more energy savings. Fluorescent light technology  does not work well with dimming controls. In comparison, LED lighting can be controlled by ambient light sensors, either built into the individual light unit  or by as part of a lighting zone,  which makes it easier to have a planned energy usage system. Now the question is whether to use a LED retrofit orLED ready T8 fixtures to make the switch from fluorescent to LED lighting.

If you don’t want to buy a new fixture, LED retrofits are a good option. LED retrofitting means switching inefficient lighting technologies, such as fluorescent lights, to a new energy-efficient lighting system using the fixtures that are currently in place.

If you are happy with the layout of your existing fixtures, you do not need to pay for new fixtures or a redesign. You just need to purchase an all-in-one retrofit kit which usually includes everything you need for a fast and easy installation, such as, brackets, sockets, wiring, screws and fasteners.

First you will need to remove the existing bulbs, ballast, sockets, and brackets, and then replace them with LED lamps and a wiring harness. You do not need many wiring alterations but you should use a licensed electrician to be sure that you are adhering to your local code and safety requirements.

If however, you are looking to replace your fixtures, LED ready T8 fixtures allow installers to avoid bypassing the ballast and adopt the energy-saving benefits of LED technology.  Our selection  includes  Vapor Tight, Linear Utility Strips ,  and High Bays.

Either way, the switch to LED lighting has some of the best financial returns on investment of energy efficient installations. For example, a lighting upgrade reduced the energy lighting costs in a manufacturing facility by 40 percent, resulting in a savings of over $50,000 in annual lighting costs.

 

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LED Troffers are Ideal in Office Drop Ceilings

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Found often in schools, hospitals, offices, retail settings, and for grid ceiling applications, LED troffers are rectangular light fixture that fits into a modular dropped ceiling grid, which are usually 2’x2′ or 2’x’4.  Troffer fixtures initially used fluorescent bulbs, such as the T5, T8, or T12. There are LED Troffer retrofits available or if you are putting in new fixtures, high-efficiency LED lay-in troffers and LED Flat Panels are available. These fixtures are available in multiple lumen light outputs, and warmer white (35K), cool white (41K), and bright white (50K) colors.

Many LED panels deliver a polished look with their sleek design and advanced light dispersement. This Maxlite  2’x4′ LED Volumetric Troffer model runs on 45 watts and generates 3985 lumens.

One of the best advantages of using LED 2×4 Troffers, is that the bulbs generally last 50,000 hours, versus only 30,000 hours for an average T8 LFL. This means less calls to the maintenance department to change bulbs in the facility.

To view Conservation Mart’s wide selection of LED Troffers and Panels, please visit our website.

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Change a Bulb, Change Your Footprint

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earth hour 60Earth hour, which this year is March 19, 8:30-9:30 local time, is an initiative to encourage individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take accountability for their ecological footprint and engage in dialogue and resource exchange that provides real solutions to our environmental challenges. Participation in Earth Hour symbolizes a commitment to change beyond the hour.

One of the ways that we can easily and cost-effectively change our ecological footprint, which is “the impact of a person or community on the environment, expressed as the amount of land required to sustain their use of natural resources,” is to transition to energy-efficient lighting.

If a million people changed a single lamp at home to an LED bulb, it would be the equivalent of taking 6,700 cars off the road or planting 17 million trees!

 

 

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The Value of Green Promotional Products

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shower timerIf you’ve ever been to a trade show, you know that an interesting giveaway is an excellent strategy to attract potential customers and encourage people to talk about your company. The advantage to handing out something that can be used frequently is that it keeps your company name in front of people on a daily basis.

As companies search for the next best giveaway, many are starting to consider environmentally friendly products. For example, companies in California who are concerned about the drought may be looking for a way to be a part of the solution. Even though some of them would not be considered a “green” company per se, being able to give customers items such as a customized water timer is a way to demonstrate their environmental commitment to current and potential customers.

Our selection of personalized, eco-friendly promotional products is a cost-effective way to stand out amongst the completion. Pens and breath mints will be long forgotten, but people will likely still be using a shower timer, temperature gauge, water ruler, or LED nightlight.

Please visit our website for more information or call us for a quote: 1-800-879-8598.

 

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The Many Uses of Venture Tape

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Vinyl tape, which is commonly known as Venture Tape (manufacturer), is good for weatherization as well as many other things. Vinyl tape is an insulative weatherization tape widely used for seaming vinyl faced fiberglass insulation in metal buildings and for water heater blanket insulation. Often used by electricians, vinyl tape is typically made of slightly stretchy PVC vinyl, and is backed with a pressure sensitive rubber-type adhesive and is available in a variety of other colors (like red, green, yellow, green, and white) that can be used for color-coding. It helps keep insulation securely in place, and once applied, it can stand weather conditions just as well as the insulation that it is being used on. This tape is made to be durable and withstand extreme temperatures, including high heat and humidity. Although this tape is supposed to be used for a specific purpose, it has many benefits and can be used for a lot more:

Here are some other ways people use vinyl tape to their benefit:

Other Uses:

  • Patching up tears in insulation
  • Protecting wire splices
  • Temporarily holding bandages in place
  • Drummers in bands tape their finger to help stop blisters and use colored tape to wrap their drum sticks, making them more durable and giving their performance a flashy look
  • Athletes use tape to stop shin guards from slipping
  • Rugby players pin back their ears to keep them being pulled by the opposition and to prevent cuts and abrasions
  • Stagehands use tape to secure stage lighting cables
  • Actors mark stage floors with tape to help them recall stage positions
  • Cricket players will wrap it around tennis balls to create makeshift cricket balls
  • Organized people can use the tape for color coding and labeling purposes
  • Artists can use it to create unconventional wall art and sculptures
  • Some people even use the tape to replace the stickers on their Rubik’s Cube®

3″ Vinyl tape is a strong and solid tape that clearly has many benefits and can be used on many types of insulation.