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reTHINK Sustainability | driven by Youth Honoring Veterans and our earth

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reTHINK Sustainability | … driven by Youth Honoring Veterans and our earth.

Calling all Veterans and Military Families to expand your vision and create NEW and effective ways to mitigate energy consumption.

We have yet to scratch the surface of the brilliance in our Children, Adults and Seniors.  Get busy, time is indeed running out.

Submit ideas at the link above.  Honoring all environmental Stewards…


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earth energy Group shares another energy efficiency tip to reduce expenses

Did you know you could be paying different rates for your electricity and / or natural gas in the same day?

Many utilities charge for Peak hours and Non-Peak hours based upon demand.

Take a look at your power bills or phone your Utility to learn when and if the rates changed.

Based upon what you learn MODIFY your use of Peak time energy as at all possible.

This simple strategy can mean hundreds or thousands of dollars each month.

Today’s Energy Efficiency Tip by your Energy Specifiers at earth energy Solutions GROUP.


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earth energy Group reaffirms Cost far outweighs Price decisions on effective energy efficiency projects

LED lighting, just one of numerous ways to reduce energy consumptionAt earth energy Solutions GROUP we have repeatedly found that most businesses look at PRICE, cheating themselves out of a potentially greater annual reduction in energy consumption and energy spend every single month.

It is understandable with economic pressures and the commissioning of implementing quick, less expensive solutions that the time spent on researching them will be minimal. Fear interferes with logic. Quick and less expensive is an emotional decision. We all must consider the most sustainable decisions possible.  That requires knowledge of your accurate utility data, establishing a baseline and monthly benchmarking.

We are all responsible to reduce energy consumption from the Utilities by 20% or more by 2030; we can and should do better than that.

COST on the other hand looks at the life of the projects and we need to factor them into the decision making process

  • historical, current and projected energy consumption uncovers inefficiencies
  • reduced maintenance on Lighting, HVAC, windows, roofing, insulation and data centers
  • reduced load on the electric utility = reduction on your energy spend
  • reduced GHG (Green House Gases) aka toxic pollution within and outside of the buildings

Oh those increases, how sweet they are:

  • increased property value
  • increased asset base
  • improved air quality and working conditions within the buildings
  • improved performance and overall health and safety of all occupants in the buildings
  • increased life of facilities, equipment and structures
  • improved bottom line (job regeneration)
  • improved environmental stewardship
  • improved lighting, heating, cooling and overall operations / environment
  • improved controls and accuracy of benchmarking and controlling energy consumption\
  • increased knowledge of regulatory incentives and rebates through 2013

This is a teaser review as all productive businesses recognize the benefits above.

earth energy Solutions GROUP specializes in ‘energy efficiency studies’ and are pleased to discuss the merits of an evaluation with you.


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Why must businesses be so detailed, aware and willing to change to energy efficiency?

As the world turns, so must change, opportunity, growth, the unexpected, surprising new found technologies and very achievable solutions to more effectively managing energy consumption.

In simple terms, being more energy efficient reduces energy spend; puts money back into the bottom line for … You name it; what isn’t your company accomplishing due to reduced revenue and inadequate operating funds?

If you do not fully agree it is achievable, I suggest you have not been exposed to accurate data.  Not surprising as time is such a premium commodity and the fast changes represent a challenge in prioritizing how man-hours are allocated.  Consider outsourcing within the US where the applicable and required knowledge exists in abundance.  Beware of the typical ‘wanna be’ that is just getting into the ‘game’ minus the required knowledge to qualify or certify as an Energy Specifier.  This is not new, just relatively unknown; isn’t it always relative?

For over 40 years it was publicly announced and supported while equally ridiculed and remains highly debated today that we humans are causing environmental damage.  The term “Global Warming” equally debated and now we are embracing a more acceptable term “Climate Change” which is getting more attention.  Why are the first six months of 2012 in the books as the very hottest in recorded history?

So, it is our obligation to ‘fix it’, slowly stop and eventually reverse the negative effects we have shrouded over our planet earth.  We are turning around the perceived slow acceptance and strong reservations for businesses to search out the knowledge of current technology, proven energy (and CO2) reduction Case Studies along with accurate data on their own energy consumption since the Government in 2005 initiated energy efficiency incentives is changing. It also, as written, expires in 2013 if not sooner.

Businesses have been forced through the environmental and economic trends over the past four years to stand up, take notice and do something about it.  There are, and have been for decades, very reliable energy management / control products and services available.  They were and remain extremely resourceful in managing the largest of businesses in the US.

Small business now has a plethora of viable and sustainable alternatives to operate on a tighter budget and do it more effectively than pre-2008.  Further, the fabric of these alternative energy efficient solutions and the research and reporting guidance constitutes the education required for decision makers to conclude very comfortable and informed plans.

Facilities Managers are faced with automation and many feel threatened.  Instead, embrace the additional resources available to do a more effective job for your Employer or Contractor. Think and act outside the ‘traditional box’ you have worked in; the realm of sustainability requires an open mind and willingness to search out the impossible and deploy it.

The results are too effective to continue ignoring ‘what if’ and now is the time to get the facts and make sustainable decisions.  If you need direction, reach out to us … we serve our purpose.

… CSea Perkins, “mitigate indecision with accurate knowledge”


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earth energy Group sending grandious Birthday gratitude to America and all Patriots

Give Thanks for our Independence by Honoring our Troops for all of us Citizens having Freedom and Independence in these the United States of America. 

“We the people” choose to be responsible for our independence and that of future generations.

Receive, Believe and Achieve

At earth energy Solutions Group we foster a culture of honor, respect, loyalty and integrity.  We CELEBRATE our Clients’ reduction in CO2 and energy spend and all businesses that understand the benefits to their financial health and are doing something about it. We embrace and share more ways to honor our purpose through education and implementation which leads to a growing economic and environmental Independence.


“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.”
…Henry Ford

If you take advantage of everything America has to offer, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.  …Geraldine Ferraro

Relief of debt and energy consumption must coexist in a more unconventional way in order to lead toward sustainability and independence from foreign oil.
.. Christian Perkins

Sometimes people call me an idealist.  Well, that is the way I know I am an American.  America is the only idealistic nation in the world.  …Woodrow Wilson

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.  … Elmer Davis


earth energy Solutions GROUP and many businesses now have additional justification to take a serious look at reducing monthly energy spend through the properly designed LED lighting retrofit. 


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earth energy Group does building benchmarking and more to save you money

Responsible Steps Achieve Reduced Energy Spend

earth energy Solutions GROUP is doing the ‘grunt’ work most small businesses do not have the time or resources to devote; specifically related to the facilities within your organizations. We use Energy Star Portfolio Manager which is free to all businesses in the US (Canada by next year)

However, we are finding that ~6,000 buildings are Energy Star quality of the billions of office space in the US.  Many that have come to us for assistance simply do not know the alternatives available to them and don’t really want to figure it out themselves.

Compare the cost to take on the Portfolio Manager in-house vs. outsourcing to experienced Energy Specifiers, like earth energy Solutions GROUP or another highly skilled ESCO.  Regardless, you have a choice and need to act upon it urgently to mitigate rising energy spend.

  • Obtain Reliable Accurate Data from every Utility
  • Recover any billing errors and future savings from Utilities
  • Bid out Energy Efficiency Solutions, equipment and services
  • Guaranteed Energy Savings
  • Financing options, rebates and incentives
  • CO2 Reduction, improved Carbon Footprint
  • Extended Energy Management, Proper, Safe Recycling

energy efficiency reduced energy spend


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earth energy Group debates LED Lighting indecision with business owners

… especially in our Schools and Government Buildings.  OK, I stand corrected, every building with occupants.

When will intelligence, practicality and sustainability win over ignorance?  I’ve often heard that the definition of ignorance is taking a firm stand on something you know little or nothing about.  In today’s economic climate we cannot afford to take this position.  Does it make sense to stand strong on something that causes your business to lose even more money?

Are you aware that LED Lighting upgrades alone can reduce your entire energy bill from 10-16% or more and you can pay for the upgrades through the savings alone?  A wonderful byproduct of this action is reducing the CO2 and other toxic emissions (like PCB’s and mercury) and pollution inside and outside of the buildings.  Being Green may not be ‘your thing’ but it adds to your longevity regardless.

It is no wonder business owners today find it daunting to make decisions about retrofitting or replacing their lighting, upgrading their HVAC, placing reflective surfaces on the roof or leveraging geothermal technology.

Then we face rapid technological improvements, the Government ‘telling us’ we have to make a change by reducing energy consumption (which makes more sense than most policy decisions) along with little or no working capital available. How dare they?

This panic over the potential cost of doing business can easily be avoided with a bit of education and it need not ‘cost you’.

TIP … Analyze Cost vs. Price.  Cost over the lifetime of the energy efficient improvements begin to make sense.  The ROI (your actual return on the investment) and reality of saving money immediately as opposed to spending more than necessary for less quality, toxic exposure and health compromise which all cost the business money.

Sounds simple and it can be if you become properly educated on the economics of energy efficiency within your own facilities.

IT IS ALL ABOUT PERCEPTION,  we do not know what we do not know.  That can be very expensive at times.

Sometimes a helping hand creates a comfortable decision

Consider accepting a helping hand from earth energy Solutions Group to prove your expense reduction options.


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Lighting Comparison between HPS (high pressure sodium) and LED equivalent

earth energy Solutions GROUP recognizes and encourages all businesses with Parking Lot / Area Lot needs to consider the full ‘cost of doing business’.

Additional benefits of retrofitting the more energy inefficient is improved Air Quality, reduced energy consumption and Security for everyone on the property.

Have questions, please enter them below.  We also encourage your thoughts about this four year old factual comparison from 2008.

Comparing inefficient with energy efficient alternative HPS vs. LED

Today’s improved LED technology surpasses the above.  Allow earth energy Solutions GROUP to uncover the possibilities for your business and plan a sustainable future for you.


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earth energy Group supports 2012 World Water Day an extremely valuable resource

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WATER DAY VIDEOS

All You Eat – World Water Day 2012

Reuse – World Water Day 2012

World Water Day 2012


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Life-cycle energy consumption of LED lamps compares well with incumbents

28 Feb 2012
A new DOE report looks at the energy consumption of different lighting technologies over their entire lifetime, including manufacturing, transportation, use, and disposal.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has published a report that compared the energy consumed over the entire life-cycle for LED lamps, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and incandescent lamps.The report is entitled “Review of the Life-Cycle Energy Consumption of Incandescent, Compact Fluorescent, and LED Lamps” and is based on existing literature that assesses the life-cycle of lighting products.

Life-cycle energy consumption of LED lamps compares well with incumbents

The report is the first installment of a larger DOE project to assess the life-cycle environmental and resource costs of different lighting technologies. It looks at the manufacturing, transportation, use, and disposal of the products.The report says that the average life-cycle energy consumption of LED lamps and CFLs is similar, and is about one-fourth the consumption of incandescent lamps (see chart). But if LED lamps meet their performance targets by 2015, their life-cycle energy use is expected to decrease by approximately one-half.

Also, the “use” stage of all three types of lamps represents the most energy-intensive life-cycle stage, accounting for 90 percent of total life-cycle energy, on average. This is followed by the manufacturing and transport phases, respectively. Transport represents less than one percent of life-cycle energy use for all lamp types.

Most of the uncertainty in life-cycle energy consumption of an LED lamp centers on the manufacturing of the LED package, which is estimated at anywhere from 0.1 percent to 27 percent of life-cycle energy use, with an average of 7 percent.

The larger DOE study will include a life-cycle assessment of an LED lamp, considering both the direct and indirect material and process inputs to fabricate, ship, operate, and dispose of the lamp.

It will also include the purchase, disassembly, and chemical testing of LED and conventional lighting products to study whether potentially hazardous materials are present in concentrations that exceed hazardous-waste regulatory thresholds.

About the Author
Tim Whitaker is the Editor of LEDs Magazine.


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Lightbulb comparison, calculate cost of LED vs Incandescent vs CFL vs MH vs HPS

CFLs have toxins; consider nontoxic LEDsearth energy Solutions GROUP recommends that all businesses (residents as well) know the cost over time between newer energy efficient lighting technology vs what we have known and used for a Century.

Patrick Mullins has for a decade been comparing such costs and incorporates the CO2 reduction in addition to cost savings over time.

The higher lumens offer better light; no toxins make them more desirable in all environments; their recyclability is all moving toward sustainability.  Oh, the reduced (diminished) maintenance expenses related with replacements go away.

The old inefficient lighting is not banned but why would you not leverage safer long term measures and be able to save money while reducing the toxic carbon released into our atmosphere?

We encourage your responses to that question.

Check out Pat’s CALCULATOR and decide yourself or give us a call at earth energy Solutions GROUP to help you make sense of it all.

KNOW your actual energy consumption and allow us to show you numerous alternatives to reducing your consumption and operating costs…  We do that for you at no charge.


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How to Evaluate Light Sources; LED or not to LED

Electrical Contractor recently published an article by Craig DiLouie about a simple methodology for evaluating light sources based on a basic series of questions:

• What is the distribution of the light? Distribution is measured in candelas (cd).
• How long does the lamp last? Service life is measured in hours.
• How much light does it produce? Light output is measured in lumens (Lm).
• How much electric power does the system require? Power is measured in watts (W).
• How efficient is it compared to others? Efficacy is measured in lumens per watt (LPW).
• What is the color appearance of the source? Color tone is measured in kelvins (K).
• How well does the source render colors? Color rendering is expressed on the color rendering index (CRI).

Check it out here.

Posted on December 20, 2011, 6:19 AM, by Craig DiLouie, under Craig’s Electrical Contractor Articles, Education + Resources, Lighting Design.

Image courtesy of Peter Ngai.


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Key Energy Saving Activities for Smaller Facilities Webcast on Jan 10

U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office

Join us for a webinar on January 10

Space is limited.
Reserve your webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/453056753

Many small- to medium-sized manufacturers do not have the access to the resources and capital that larger corporations enjoy. This webcast will focus on key energy-saving activities that small- to medium-sized manufacturers can implement in their facilities. The webcast, featuring Richard Feustal of Briggs & Stratton and an Industrial Assessment Center representative, will highlight strategies such as implementing no-cost energy saving measures, such as turning off machines and shutting down process operations when not needed; targeting “low-hanging” fruit; and building a business case for projects that require capital.

Title: Tuesday Webcast for Industry: Key Energy-Saving Activities for Smaller Facilities
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

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