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April 14, 2009
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Green Electrical Sells
Overcoming Sales Obstacles to Green Commercial Retrofit

by Dan Carazo
When the owner of an older commercial building complains that the cost of a lighting controls retrofit is too expensive, suggesting a wireless controls solution can lead to big savings -- and a successful green sale. More

Green Channel

Smart meters are going to the 2012 London Olympics. MIT scientists think some kind of non-solid batteries could be the storage solution for wind and solar systems. And superconducting cables, tested recently at 60,000A, will soon make a debut in Manhattan.

Also in Green Channel, find product information on things you may sell in the future, including hybrid lighting carrying the National Geographic brand and a look at whether CFLs that don’t work are actually saving energy. More

Halco Lighting

Eco Power

As the country’s largest landlord, the GSA has a lot of responsibility. That now includes spending $5.5 billion in stimulus funding, most of which will go to high-performance green building retrofits of one sort or another at federal buildings.

Also in Eco Power: Two different respectable energy-industry publications take on a total of 16 renewable energy myths. Plus, were you aware of the “Virtual March on Washington,” led by T. Boone Pickens? More

Energy Efficiency

With 89 entities honored by the EPA/DoE ENERGY STAR program, there’s plenty to look at and think about in just this week’s first news item. For further thoughts, find the four “Big Bold Strategies” included in California’ long-term EE plan.

Also in Energy Efficiency find out how building managers and maintainers fit in Obama’s green army, a look at green schools with an expert, and the action by FERC to put energy efficiency on the an equal playing field with new power generating capacity. More

Trade Service


The Oil Drum, a noted peak oil site, recently featured a thoughtful look at "what sustainability means" when it comes to the nation’s various energy options. But this week’s Sustainability section finds some negatives. Also find an MIT study that points out some supposed newer sustainable manufacturing processes that are actually energy and material hogs. And the good news on packaging waste reduction is drowned out by recent steep drops in prices paid for recycled materials. More

GFF Series Lighting Fixtures

Engineered Products Company has introduced the GFF Series™ Linear Fluorescent Lighting Fixtures certified by NSF International and has a NEMA 6P and IP67 Enclosure Rating. These dust- and moisture-resistant fixtures are suitable for use in wet locations and provides protection to the fixture’s internal components, especially where wash-down to the lighting fixtures is required. The acrylic diffuser withstands breakage typically caused by high-power pressure washers and the labor saving mounting brackets simplifies installation for the contractor. More info

Green Data Points

What did the American Marketing Association find out about sustainability when it asked corporate marketers about the near future? Find out in this week’s Green Data Points. Also find surprise survey results that indicate that 51% of Americans think Homo sapiens cause climate change.

Other Green Data Points include details on a proposed paint recycling law, why a leading national magazine won’t repeat its green issue, and the solar and wind capacity (both growing) on Planet Earth as of 12/31/08. More


5737TZ TORK Photocontrol and Time Switch in One!
ON at dusk, OFF and ON at set times, OFF at dawn, saving energy when no light is required! Easy retrofit, no programming required More info



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