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phoenix testing green street lighting

Phoenix has recently created it’s first “green light district” in downtown, the city is testing new high efficiency LED streetlights that use fraction of the energy compared to standard incandescent streetlights. Streetlights are a major drain to our nation’s electric grid by replacing old lighting technology with state of the art LED streetlights, cities can reduce their energy bills and their carbon footprint at the same time. The pilot program put together by the city of Phoenix is testing different brands of LED streetlights along North Third St between Garfield and McKinley. The goal of the test is to determine the highest quality LED streetlights on the market to eventually convert the entire city of LED street lighting. LED streetlights can make a big difference, wouldn’t you...

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solarfun increases solar panel efficiency

SolarFun Power Holding Company is a publicly traded solar panel manufacturer, listed on NASDAQ as ticker symbol SOLF. The company today announced they have increased the efficiency of their solar panels by 5% using their second generation solar cells. The second generation solar cells by SolarFun are called SF2, they’re full monocrystalline squares which take advantage of the entire surface area of their solar panels resulting in a higher power output. The company’s R&D department is dedicated to seek methods for increasing solar cell and panel efficiencies while reducing degradation. What do you think about SolarFun solar...

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save money with a solar attic fan

Today, I want to talk about a product that gets very little attention but can save you a lot of money on your summer cooling costs each year. We can all agree that the air conditioner the biggest energy hog on your electric service, when you flip your air conditioner on your electric meter starts spinning forward really quickly and your bill starts to rack up. What if you cut the number of hours your air conditioner runs everyday, how much money would that save you? That’s exactly what a solar attic fan does, it forces the hot air out of your attic, therefore cooling your living space below which requires the air conditioner to kick on less everyday the solar attic fan is running. Many people can’t afford the upfront investment of purchasing a grid tie solar electric system that can offset a majority of your electric bill so I tell many consumers to start with a solar attic fan. It’s more cost effective to first figure out whats to become more energy efficient and then produce clean energy. what do you...

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red robin selects led light bulbs

Red Robin, a popular restaurant in the U.S. has recently upgraded their lighting from incandescent and halogen bulbs to high efficiency LEDs (light emitting diodes) in 150 restaurants. Red Robin transitioned to 7 watt PAR 20 flood and spot lights which are being used at the entrance and lobby areas, lighting over dining room tables, and perimeter lighting. The company expects to save several thousand dollars per year in electric and maintenance costs by upgrading to LEDs Today, more than half of the company owned Red Robins have transitioned to LED light bulbs. Do you think LED bulbs are ready for prime...

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the scoop on energy efficiency mortgages

A new wave of energy efficiency mortgages are being introduced today by the FHA which allow you to borrow 5% more to upgrade a home you buy with energy efficiency products such as solar panels, LED bulbs, weatherization and other energy efficiency appliances. According to the FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are under pressure from the federal government to develop new mortgages which include more flexible underwriting guidelines to reward energy conscious borrowers and builders. Energy friendly loans would increase incomes of applicants by dollar for every dollar of projected energy savings from green energy upgrades and efficient design. For the program to work correctly, State governments need to provide professional training to licensed appraisers so they can value highly efficient buildings correctly. What do you think about the federal support for energy efficiency...

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