Energy-saving Rhode Islanders get big rebate – Providence Top News

The Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, which gives large rebates to consumers who buy energy saving appliances, is coming back to Rhode Island.

The Office of Energy Resources announced the return of the program Wednesday, which requires residents to replace an old appliance with a new, Energy Star product to be eligible.

The money comes from last year’s Federal stimulus law.

Replacing an oil or gas boiler will net you $500, the largest rebate available. Other approved products include refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers, gas furnaces, and certain water heaters. Appliances must have been purchased new since March 25, 2010. Online purchases don’t count.

Last time this program happened, all rebates were snatched up in a day. This time around, there is only half as much money available, so if you still have your receipts, get moving.

Source: WPRI

Claim rebate: http://www.rirebates.com/

http://www.examiner.com/article/energy-saving-rhode-islanders-get-big-rebate

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Kalona News > News > School Construction Estimates Higher

Jeremy Pickard observed that the $140,000 cut they approved still left a $483,000 overrun. Ziegler said that that amount had already been reduced and they would continue to pursue other reductions. By bidding the $10.6 million project in smaller packages, Ziegler said, smaller contractors would be able to bid, which means more competitive bidding. He also noted that when Fairfield rebidded its building project because of too high of bids, they came in $1 million lower the second time. The other projects and their estimated cost for the bond issue include installing air conditioning for the entire Washington Township Elementary building $200,000; construction an additional preschool classroom and renovating the existing preschool classroom at the Kalona Elementary School $1.1 million; constructing two additional kindergarten classrooms and renovating existing kindergarten classrooms for special education classroom at the Wellman Elementary School $900,000; relocating the main office to existing art classroom, constructing an addition for the new art classroom and Family Consumer Science lab; renovating the existing Family and Consumer Science lab for the special education classroom at the High School $1.7 million; an alternative learning center and central administration offices as new construction $2.1 million; and bonding costs and attorney fees $240,000. Fehr and Ziegler observed that the overrun at the Middle School was mainly attributed to the major HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), which would not be as major a factor at the other school buildings. Board Vice President George Schaefer took over the meeting after Hussey had to leave, where he had a mildly contentious discussion with parents of Wellman elementary students. It dealt with bus pickup spots around the town.
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To meet city code but not follow soot: the NYC “boiler dilemma” – New York Environmental News

In a large church room in Murray Hill, New Yorkers attended presentations on alternatives to converting boilers to natural gas in an effort to solve the “boiler dilemma.”

As part of the Mayor’s PlaNYC 2030, the City has adopted rules that require buildings burning #6 heating oil to switch to #4, #2, natural gas or biodiesal by boiler certificate expiration date or by 2015, then completely to #2, natural gas or biodiesal by 2030.

Higher number heating oils are considered by City Hall’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability (OLTPS) to emit higher amounts of PM (particulate matter) 2.5. “The particulate matter created by this heating oil contains heavy metals and other pollutants that damage our lungs and hearts, contributing to asthma, and significant life expectancy” according to the PlaNYC update report of 2011. “Each year,” it adds, “PM 2.5 pollution in New York City causes more than 3,000 deaths, 2,000 heart conditions for lung and heart conditions, and approximately 6,000 emergency department visits for asthma in children and adults.”

The air quality strategy came subsequently to a 2009 report entitled “Bottom of the Barrel” by EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) and Urban Green (US Green Building Council, New York chapter). The report highlighted the black smoke often seen pouring off the tops of buildings, particularly from #6 and #4 oils and outlined a detailed map to making policy and technical change.

All five boroughs and some surrounding areas fall below the EPA’s 2006 standards for PM 2.5. About 120 counties of the roughly 3000 in the US fall below these standards. Up to 70% of the PM 2.5 in NYC can come from beyond the City, from “traffic, industry, and power plants… [and] mid-western power plants and factories” according to the PlaNYC update report of 2011.

However, most of the remaining soot pollution, or PM 2.5 emissions comes from buildings, especially 9000 of which that burn #6 heating oil, or just 1% of all the buildings in the City, according to these reports. The EDF provides a map of distribution of buildings that burn 6 and 4 heating oils and it may surprise environmental justice scholars. Number 6 oils, for example, are exclusive to area codes 10021, 10024 and and 10025, or, in other words, the Upper East and Upper West Sides. The reports don’t specify, however, where the people suffering from this pollution live. More significant combinations of poor environmental conditions exist in different area codes.

Nevertheless, the City looks out for communities with disproportionate environmental conditions and health symptoms. The Plan states: “415 City schools-roughly one third of all schools-burn numbers 4 or 6 heating oil, including 232 schools that burn Number 6. Many of these are in neighborhoods where the asthma rates are more than three times higher than the national average.” The City is phasing out higher level heating oils in schools as well and it is prioritizing schools in neighborhoods with the worst asthmatic conditions, particularly in “the Bronx, Harlem, Central Brooklyn, and along Jamaica Bay in Queens.”

“The Boiler Dilemma” was an episode of the Renew New York presentation and discussion series, which is organized by anti-fracking organizations and climate-focused allies in New York. Clearly the intent was not to resist the mandated phase out of high polluting oil, but to seek loopholes as to not be forced to use natural gas, especially the increasing amount from the Marcellus Shale.

Though the foci of the event was solar power, efficiency and biodiesal, one panelist, efficiency-focused architect Chris Benedict, distributed a leaflet co-written by Henry Gifford that claimed that the new boiler conversion rules might be fraudulent. The central argument made in the letter to the audience was that the City should focus on using less energy, not creating any dilemma.

The Benedict-Gifford leaflet suggests that the study, “Bottom of the Barrel” singles out “filterable” particulate, “as most of the other data [in an EPA report] does not show big differences in the characteristics of fuels.” The EPA report mentioned, states that “filterable particulate matter emissions depend predominantly on the grade of fuel fired” but that PM emissions are also affected by other factors, such as boiler load and oil sulfur content in the case of residual oil burning. The Benedict-Gifford article adds other conditions: “The burner may not be installed or tuned properly, or the nozzle that sprays the oil before it is burned may not be the correct nozzle.”

It adds that gas boilers can emit carbon monoxide at dangerous levels but the difference is carbon monoxide is invisible, while soot is extremely noticeable, and will “generate a complaint and be corrected.”

In the short term, the 2015 deadline only applies to buildings burning #6 oils, which are exclusively in the Upper West and Upper East Sides. The buildings can switch to 4 or 2 oils for now or switch to gas or biodiesal or a hybrid. (It was disclaimed by Dehran Duckworth of Tri State Biodiesal that “biodiesal” is not to be confused with “biofuels.” When done properly, he said, there aren’t any deforestation or agricultural problems and the transportation uses biodiesal in a closed-loop cycle. The difference between the two/ which one is better? Treehugger refers to this as the “$64,000 question” and “the fundamental philosophical question of our day”).

It states in a Renew New York pamphlet distributed at “Boiler Dilemma” that “some buildings are rushing to convert” to natural gas due to “its current low price and incentives.” Amongst many other variables, the it is claimed in the pamphlet that “converting boilers entirely to natural gas requires the highest upfront costs of all the options.” (Costs associated with conversions to gas may range from $1,000 to 1 million). It continues to say that after a bioheat law takes effect in October, the cost of 4 oil will increase to the price of 2 but 2 mixed with biodiesal will cost as low as 6 “due to a tax credit which has been renewed until 2016.

Thus the pamphlet suggests that the way around the dilemma is to stick with oil, as long as it’s #2 mixed with biodiesal, at least in the immediate. The choice of panelists of course, though, suggests a broader goal, to use less energy altogether and to harness renewable sources.

Post note: “Higher grade heating oils” was changed to “higher number.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/to-meet-city-code-but-not-follow-soot-the-nyc-boiler-dilemma

Enough With The Fat Climate Change Reports Already – Yahoo Finance

We hear from everybody, all the time, about climate change — news media, national scientific academies, activist groups, companies. Everybody except the very entity that the UN and its member countries anointed to tell us what’s actually going on. Not only would it be nice to have an authoritative science body that’s more responsive, it’s more important than ever. The world is running out of time to address climate change, the scientists tell us. At the rate we’re going, we’ll burn through the chance of a safe, sustainable future by the 2040s. Hire Web Developers A nimbler, webbier presentation would clarify what things are known very well (CO2 traps heat) and what things aren’t known very well at all (how cloud patterns may or may not change in a warmer, wetter world). They could even have clickable buttons at the top of a refurbished http://www.ipcc.ch that say Things That Are Known Very Well and Things That Aren’t Known Very Well at All. There’s now a cottage industry of websites that explain the main aspects of climate change, from governments (NASA or NOAA), nonprofits (Climate Central) and individuals (Skeptical Science). Researchers at Yale, Columbia, George Mason and elsewhere have learned a lot about effective and ineffective ways to inform people that the world is heating up. It’s easier than ever to find scientific speech translated into human speech.
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Heating Assistance Forum To Be Held Nov. 6 For Nonprofits | Www.leominsterchamp.com | Leominster Champion

6 for nonprofits Unitil and United Way of North Central Massachusetts are hosting a heating assistance forum for local nonprofit organizations Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Colonial Hotel in Gardner. This is the 14th year that the event has been held. Heating assistance and energy efficiency programs are reviewed in detail. This is a great way to get the most recent heating assistance program information to local front-line agencies, Alec OMeara, media relations manager for Unitil said. With electric supply rates up throughout New England this winter, it will be crucial for these agencies to have the best information available on how to assist customers. Nonprofit agencies interested in attending the event, which starts at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 6, should RSVP to United Way of North Central Massachusetts at (978) 345-1577 or maribeth@uwncm.org . Unitil provides electric service to Ashby, Fitchburg, Lunenburg and Townsend, and natural gas service to those communities, as well as Gardner and Westminster.
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Environmental Control in a Data Center

When dealing with computers in a data center, environmental control is different from how the world knows it. It does not involve reforestation and waste management. Instead, this practice is aimed at keeping only the environment inside a data center to protect its content. Unlike other typical equipment, computers and servers normally found in this place are vulnerable to extreme changes in temperature. Thus, environmental control is necessary.

 

A computer consumes significant amount of electricity as it runs. Because electricity produces heat, consuming much of it will quickly increase the temperature of the computer’s operating system, which eventually turns into exhaust. For a single computer, this may not be a significant problem. But for multiple computers continuously running in one place such as in a data center, this is a huge concern. Therefore, heat must be controlled to prevent its effect on the efficiency of the information system.

 

Certain computer components have low heat tolerance and can easily break when exposed to sudden temperature changes. A central processing unit can easily overheat and malfunction. The same principle applies to cars breaking down after overheating. On the other hand, if the temperature drops as quickly, moisture can build up inside the computer parts and cause oxidation, which can lead to corrosion of micro-components.  

 

It is vital for a data center to have a well-designed and maintained heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system for its efficient operation. Controlling the air temperature eventually reduces heat and humidity that will rid the equipment of early breakage. Depending on the size of the facility keeping the data center knowledge and the HVAC system installed, humidity must be kept at 45 to 55 percent, while temperature must be between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.

 

These temperature and humidity levels are neither too cold nor too hot for internal components to begin to sweat and corrode. The goal is to maintain a fair temperature that will keep the computer and its components properly functioning. An environment control specialist who has the right data center knowledge must monitor the temperature regularly.

 

Natural ventilation is preferred in some occasios such as before winter season. Contemporary data centers even use economizer cool that taps air outside to provide the necessary ventilation in the data center. One with sufficient data center knowledge would even recommend shutting down once in a while to let them cool.

http://data-center.ezinemark.com/environmental-control-in-a-data-center-7d312ae0173d.html

Lg Electronics Champions Energy Efficient Technologies At 2014 Greenbuild Expo – Yahoo Finance

The LG Chromebase (22CV241) uses the speed, simplicity and security of the Chrome OS to power one device with an innovative space-saving design. LG Chromebase features a brilliant 21.5-inch widescreen Full HD IPS display along with 2GB of memory and 16GB of storage. Home Appliances To help make cooking easy and efficient for families using the community center, LG’s energy-efficient Over-the-Range microwave (LMVM2033) incorporates exceptional convenience features. Its sleek, intuitive SmoothTouch controls located on the front of the stylish glass door ensure the microwave looks just as good as the food you’re heating up. Its EasyClean interior resists stains and buildup, so cleaning doesn’t become a chore. Simply wipe away dirt and grime with a damp cloth, eliminating the need for harsh chemicals. As Greenbuild’s exclusive ENERGY STAR TV partner, LG is providing dozens of 60- and 55-inch class ENERGY STAR Most Efficient and 32-inch class ENERGY STAR certified LED HDTVs for use in high-profile locations throughout the show, from the Interactive Media Lounge to key locations for the U.S. Green Building Council events.
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