byon August 27, 2014
Businesses are always looking to save money on their overhead. Everyone knows the key to successful business is growth. Most business never think about how their lighting systems can drastically change the amount of energy they use and what they pay for it. Consider this! A household using 30 normal light bulbs in a year would create 4500 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions. On the other hand, LED light bulbs, would only produce 450 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions. Imagine how much emissions your commercial property produces. The financial benefits are tremendous, but you will be saving money and helping our environment if you switch to an LED Lighting system for you business.
Carbon dioxide emissions are a significant contributor to greenhouse gases, which have been found to have an effect on global climate change. Because LED lights reduce the amount of carbon output, you are helping save the environment; there will be less waste and disposal hazards, which means less pollution. Take a look below to see all the benefits of installing more LED lighting systems in our communities.
- Receive reductions of between 60% and 90% off your current lighting bill
- Reduction in annual maintenance costs of between 70% and 90% Lower energy consumption
- Helps your business achieve your Carbon reduction commitments
- Improved performance of your lighting with reduced noise and heat output
- Efficiency Led Lights produce more light per watt than incandescent and halogen bulbs
- LED lights last on average 50,000 hours, that is 5 times as long as the best fluorescent bulbs, and up to 30 times longer than halogen bulbs.
- Fluorescent bulbs are very fragile. LED lights are made with solid-state components making them difficult to break.
- LED lights do not contain mercury, unlike fluorescent lamps
- LED lights do not emit UV Radiation
Every business should consider switching to LED Lighting. Not only for the financial benefits but because it is better for our environment. When you install LED lights property you are drastically changing the amount of toxins that are being emitted into our atmosphere. Reduce your carbon copy and save your business money, one LED Light at a time.
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Posted At : October 31, 2014 5:48 AM | Posted By : Kevin Burke
Energy efficiency is a key political football nowadays, with the Labour Party proposing caps on gas and electricity bills, the Coalition providing insulation and boiler replacements through initiatives such as the Green Deal, charities and non-profits raising awareness of fuel poverty, and green pressure groups highlighting the risks of climate change and supporting eco-friendly retrofits as a great way to cut a huge chunk from the UK's greenhouse gas emissions.
But the economic argument for low-carbon domestic renovations may win the day. According to a report from Energy Bill Revolution, entitled 'Building the Future: Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Making Homes Energy Efficient', investments in domestic energy efficiency in order to bring all low-income homes up to an Energy Performance Certificate rating of Band C by 2030 and all other households to this level by 2035 could have a dramatic impact on the nation's fiscal strength.
According to the report, this would increase the UK's GDP by £13.9 billion a year by 2030 - a 0.6% relative improvement - while reducing households' energy bills by a collective £4.95 billion.
Furthermore, every £1 invested in energy efficiency by the government would result in £1.27 in tax revenue and £3.20 returned through GDP, and as many as 108,000 new jobs could be created. The nation's energy security - another important political subject nowadays, especially in light of the National Grid's warnings of a declining electricity capacity - would also be boosted, with gas imports falling by as much as one-quarter.
The report calculated the cost-benefit ration of making low-income households energy-efficient would be a massive 2.27:1, classifying this as a "high value-for-money" infrastructure investment programme. Delivering these renovations would pay for itself by 2024, and would continually generate revenues for the government in the following years, it stated.
The UK would also come significantly closer to achieving its climate change objectives, with annual CO2 emissions falling by 23.6 million tonnes. This is roughly the same reductions the country would see by taking one-third of all vehicles off the road.
Even the NHS would see benefits - every £1 spent on preventing or mitigating fuel poverty would return 42p to the NHS - and overall, the economy would become less reliant on fossil fuels, making it more resilient to changes in the global energy market.
What is the UK's housing stock like now?
Currently, the UK's households are among the least efficient in Western Europe, with property responsible for around 37% of the country's carbon footprint.
Approximately two million UK households, or 10.7% of the populace, are currently in fuel poverty - defined as when a household spends at least 10% of its income on central heating. Although this is around 5% lower than in 2011, the issue is particularly acute among unemployed households, who see a fuel poverty rate of around 30%.
Despite the Energy Company Obligation and the Green Deal, the building insulation market contracted by 22% during 2013, with the installation of solid wall insulation, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation falling by 30%, 87% and 46% respectively, when compared with levels seen through the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target over 2012.
Should the government take up the report's recommendations, these declines will come to a halt, and the UK will have effectively dealt with its draughty and inefficient residences.
Posted by Christina Nunez of National Geographic on October 15, 2014
Billing the breakthrough as the “world’s smallest electric generator,” scientists have found a way to translate kinetic energy into power using a material no thicker than a layer of atoms. Researchers imagine that the bendable, stretchable material could be woven into clothing that might power body sensors, medical devices, or a phone in your pocket. The research is detailed in a paper from Columbia Engineering and Georgia Institute of Technology published in Nature.
The development operates using the principle of piezoelectricity, or the production of energy from expanding or squeezing a substance. It’s a long-known effect that has been put to use in special flooring, for example, that converts foot traffic into electricity. (See related story: “Tiles May Help Shrink Carbon Footprint by Harnessing Pedestrian Power“)
The discovery announced Wednesday is the first time the piezoelectric effect has been observed in an atomically thin material, according to the researchers. The two-dimensional layer is made from molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), a compound currently used as a dry lubricant in engines, brakes, and even ski wax. (Vote and comment: What Energy Solution Should We Develop Next?)
“This adds another member to the family of piezoelectric materials for functional devices,” said Wenzhuo Wu, one of the study’s authors, in a news release. Other possible applications of the breakthrough, according to the release, include flexible electronics and robotics.
The paper is not the first iteration of the idea that, instead of carrying a charger for our portable devices, we might someday become the charger—or at least wear one. Previous innovations have imagined clothing that conducts electricity from a battery pack, wearable solar panels, flashlights powered by body heat, and pants with an embedded phone-charging plate.
What do you think? Are you ready to become a power source?