Did you know that Kansas was named after the Kansa tribe, which means “people of the wind”? And rightly so.
Kansas has one of the highest levels of wind production. And according to several studies, “In Kansas, wind energy generation is at least equivalent in cost – and often cheaper – than traditional sources of energy.”
There are many benefits to renewable energy including utilizing an abundant and free power supply, whether it is wind or solar. Interestingly, 80 percent of the overall cost of most wind power is up front with buying and constructing the wind turbine. Only about 10 percent of the levelized cost is incurred during operations and maintenance.
Read more about wind energy in Kansas.
LEED green building certification is growing as more and more businesses become energy efficient.
Leadership in Energy and Developmental Design (LEED) green building certification is growing as more and more businesses become energy efficient.
Based on a survey of 7,100 LEED buildings, there are a variety of options that developers use to make buildings environmentally friendly.
This includes minimizing light pollution (40.4 percent), monitoring building ventilation systems (49.2 percent), and letting occupants control workspace lighting (66.9 percent).
See the full list on USA Today.
The annual conference covers a range of topics about LED technology.
Read about the latest LED news from the LED Light Show. The annual conference, held in Las Vegas, covered a range of topics including solid state lighting design issues, LED component topics, and advice for lighting designs.
The complete panel discussion is covered here.
Source: LED Magazine
These four types of T8 lamps show a variety of color rendering index or CRI.
Color rendering index (CRI) is a light’s ability to produce all the colors of the spectrum. This quantitative measure is used for lighting fixtures to determine how closely the light can produce the colors and a bright white light.
T8 lamps, the efficient counterpart to the obsolete T12 lights, have four types of CRI: 835, 841, 850, and 865. You can see the differences in the photo on the right.
The lamps with a higher CRI provide a bright white light, and the ones with a lower CRI do not. Because of the varying light differences, all four lamps are ideal for a variety of applications. And with their 5-year warranty, require very little maintenance.
For example, the CRI 865 lamp would be great for offices to increase productivity. The CRI 835 lamp shines well for bathrooms, or any area that requires a soft glow.
Do your lighting fixtures look like these? Consider more efficient lighting with T8 lamps and ballasts.
Thinking about solar energy? Here are some quick facts about this renewable power source that’s taking Kansas City by storm.
- Every minute, enough sunlight reaches the Earth’s surface to meet the world’s energy demand for an entire year
- Using electricity from photovoltaic panels will replace power produced by coal, oil, and nuclear power plants, plus it will add value to your property without increasing property taxes
- A solar power system ties into your current utility connection. Once your system is paid for, your meter will literally turn backwards when the sun is shining, eliminating your electric bill
- Solar panels have no moving parts, and are a reliable and proven source of abundant renewable energy
- A solar system on your business demonstrates your commitment to clean, renewable energy
- Read answers to common solar questions
The more you know about your building and its energy efficiency potential, the more you will begin to recognize opportunities to control energy consumption and costs.
- Have an energy professional perform an audit of your facility to determine your energy-efficiency priorities
- Lighting retrofits are quick, easy and have short paybacks
- Install occupancy sensors & task lighting to save energy
- Clean windows & remove clutter to let day lighting in
- Air infiltration – seal gaps in all windows and doors
- Tinting windows can save on energy, fading of furniture, and increase occupant comfort
- If your HVAC system is more than 14 years old, consider an upgrade
- Install high ceiling destratification fans to significantly affect your heating & cooling consumption
- Look at your natural gas options – up to 30% savings available
- Take the next big step and consider renewable energy solutions including solar and wind energy
Induction lighting offers a long life, and can reduce energy use up to 60% compared to HPS.
While induction lighting technology has been around for quite some time, it is now enjoying renewed popularity for its energy efficiency. Induction is a form of fluorescent technology that uses magnets instead of electrodes.
The benefits offered make it an ideal solution for interior applications such as high-ceiling warehouses, industrial buildings, cafeterias, gymnasiums, and cold storage.
Since induction is not significantly influenced by ambient temperature, it is also well suited for hard to reach applications like tunnels, bridges, roadways, outdoor areas, and security fixtures such as those in parking garages.
In many cases, the high efficacy of induction lighting can offer a payback in maintenance savings that can offset the initial cost of the system. Retrofits of existing fixtures are also available with induction bulbs and ballasts that can significantly reduce upfront costs of lighting upgrades.
- Long life of 100,000 hours
- Reduces 60% energy use compared to HPS
- CRI 84 – provides a crisp, white light
- High reliability – instant hot & cold start-up and re-start
tenKsolar offers superior solar systems that are designed to be efficient, reliable, and safe.
The benefits of solar can be bountiful, just like the sun’s rays. It’s no wonder more businesses are investing in solar energy. Our feature product of the month is tenKsolar, a fully integrated solar system.
tenKsolar offers superior solar solutions and products that are designed to be more effic ient, more reliable, and safer than any other solar photovoltaic (PV) system.
The tenKsolar RAIS WAVE system takes an integrated approach that incorporates well-tested components, and patent-pending technologies. It includes reflectors that add light while minimizing heat transfer, low-voltage inverters to minimize safety risks, and an integrated racking system that simplifies installation and reduces cost.
Solar power is a renewable energy, which means it reduces our dependence on fossil fuels, and does not harm our ecosystems. tenKsolar offers quality solar systems to help you accomplish that.
Light emitting plasma bulbs are small, but have an equivalent output of a 400 watt metal halide, or 30 LED bulbs.
Car dealerships are sure to enjoy the technology of light emitting plasma. LEP is a high output light that is ideal for creating bright and even lighting, especially over cars or parking lots.
Some more benefits include:
- 50,000 lifetime hours
- Stable power delivery
- No mechanical failures
- Rapid start & restrike
- Reduces energy up to 70% compared to HID lights
Stay tuned to our blog to read about Worldwide Energy’s first full plasma install.