Efficiency Vermont offers rebate to assist in phase out of old fluorescents

first_imgEfficiency Vermont,Maple Center Motors, a family-owned business that sells used vehicles in St. Johnsbury, is one of numerous Vermont businesses improving its bottom line and the quality of light in its workspace by switching out inefficient T-12 fluorescent lighting technology and installing energy-efficient lighting through ‘newLIGHT,’ a limited-time program offering increased lighting rebates through Efficiency Vermont. The program was created to help Vermont businesses prepare for a new mandate from the US Department of Energy that will phase out T-12 fluorescent lamps by mid-2012.Working with a lighting contractor or distributor, Vermont businesses can take advantage of newLIGHT rebates that will cover 50-90 percent of equipment costs. In turn, businesses can save up to 25-50 percent on their lighting energy bills through the program, and avoid having to upgrade when replacement T12 lamps become difficult to purchase after the phase out.Maple Center Motors was keen to make a change after manager Kevin Sanborn spoke with Jeremy Roberts, a contractor with St. Johnsbury-based S&J Roberts Electric Inc. Roberts knew that the auto dealership used T-12s for lighting. After evaluating the lighting quality benefits and determining the energy savings Maple Center Motors could achieve with an upgrade, Roberts worked with Andy Gagnon, manager at CED Twin State Electric Supply, to supply the new equipment.Working with S&J Roberts Electric Inc. and CED Twin State, Maple Center Motors upgraded the lighting in its showroom, offices, and mechanics’ shop from T-12s to more efficient High Performance T-8s (HPT-8s). HPT-8s are significantly more efficient than T-12s, so switching out can lower a business’ energy use. The lighting quality from HPT-8s is also superior to that of T-12s.When the lighting upgrade was completed in mid-May, Sanborn immediately noticed a striking difference in the quality of light in the auto shop. ‘We knew we made the best choice for our business when our technicians reported the superior quality of light in the mechanics’ bay,’ Sanborn said. ‘The lighting creates a safer work environment and provides greater visibility for our employees.’‘Efficiency Vermont’s newLIGHT program helps Vermont businesses as they make this important switch,’ said Roberts of S&J Roberts Electric Inc. ‘The increased financial rebates make it both a smart and cost-effective option for businesses, like Maple Center Motors, who want to upgrade and save now.’The benefits of newLIGHT extend beyond the business itself ‘ local contractors are experiencing an uptick in their business. Gagnon notes that CED Twin State has initiated a dozen projects with Efficiency Vermont to date. In turn, 46 Northeast Kingdom area businesses are taking advantage of the increased incentives, in addition to more than 200 other projects statewide. As an added incentive, Efficiency Vermont is offering contractors $200 for each newLIGHT project they complete with a Vermont business, with additional rewards available for 5, 15, and 25 completed projects.‘The newLIGHT program creates affordable opportunities for local businesses to prepare for the new federal mandate while increasing energy savings, enhancing the comfort of employees and customers, and reducing their environmental impact today,’ said Kris Hatfield, project manager at Efficiency Vermont. ‘We encourage business owners to take advantage of the increased rebates before the offer expires at the end of the year.’Business owners interested in newLIGHT can work with a contractor, distributor, or other lighting professional to determine if their proposed efficiency upgrades qualify for the increased rebates. The limited-time offer ends December 31, 2010.Source: Efficiency Vermont. August 30, 2010 ‘ St. Johnsbury, VT ‘To learn more, please call your local lighting professional, visit Efficiency Vermont online at www.efficiencyvermont.org/newlight(link is external) or call customer support at 888-921-5990.Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).###last_img read more

3 ways to schedule recovery time for credit union leaders

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Details Montreal is one of my favorite cities, the art, architecture, friendly people, delicious food, and a great approach to life; Canadians and Aussies are similar in their sense of humor and ability to balance work and play.I recently spent a week in this magnificent city to attend Formula One, wander Old Montreal and enjoy incredible art galleries and eat at way too many delicious restaurants (no calories as I was on vacation… right)?To constantly perform at a high level requires energy, stamina and scheduled recovery. Scheduled recovery is an essential part of every leader’s year and often overlooked. The most successful credit union leaders plan vacation and down time, that means total disconnection from responsibilities, technology and email (not always possible, but often a goal).In Fortune Magazine I was reading Europeans think Americans are crazy because Europeans take off up to 6 weeks of vacation a year and US employees leave 429 million vacation days on the table every year! Interestingly 40% of executives think employees would be more productive if they took vacations. Yet among those same senior managers 72% said if offered unlimited vacation time they wouldn’t take it!Three strategies to help you schedule recovery are listed below for you to consider:Plan early – In the cold months of January each year my honey and I review calendars to plan a variety of trips during that year and might include cars, bikes, pool time or trips back to Australia to see family and friends. It’s a practice we have followed for many years to ensure the majority of vacations are scheduled to give us experiences to look forward to. Can you review your calendar and book time to enjoy something that you love to do with people you love being with?Create variety – schedule a variety of timeframes, locations and adventure and relaxation based on your needs and budgets. I’m not a stay-cation kinda girl – my office is in my home and I would just work the whole time, that doesn’t work for me however many people find these a great solution. Could you be a tourist in your own town to discover local gems? Ask your members for their recommendations. Consider visiting a new spot, driving instead of flying, build in adventure, art galleries visits or a walking tour of a city. With so many online tools to help plan your visit you can leverage community events, support local initiatives and also experience cities and towns in a completely new way.Can you and your family choose a new adventure in the next twelve months that everyone can help plan to enjoy a trip together?Go offline – this is the toughest ask for many of our clients (and me) but its not impossible! Can you create an out of office message that bounces back to manage email providing an alternative person at your Credit Union to help out while you are away? Can you stay off social media and avoid being sucked into the Facebook vortex and instead focus on creating memories with those you love (instead of looking at others lives).Get outside, hike a mountain, wander a national path, collect shells on a beach, fish on a lake; have you ever noticed how much better you feel, how much deeper you sleep and how much healthier you feel on vacation when you invest time to be active while you are relaxing.Recovery time is not negotiable for any leader who wants to excel daily. If you want to accelerate your leadership, be a productive contributor, serve your members with more energy, take time off. You will be more fun to work with, more focused and energized and you will create memories with people you care about, and isn’t that the reason many of us work?Pay attention to what matters. You, your health, and your loved ones all benefit from scheduled recovery, book yours today.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Julio Urias won’t be charged from domestic violence arrest

first_imgThe Dodgers released a statement at the time of the arrest acknowledging the team was aware of the incident and gathering facts, while manager Dave Roberts skirted around the issue.Urias was reinstated by the league May 21 after he was placed on seven-day administrative leave after his arrest.Several players have been suspended for such incidents including Astros reliever Roberto Osuna, who was with the Blue Jays at the time, and Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, who was recently reinstated.MLB has declined to give suspensions to Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig and Twins infielder Miguel Sano following investigations into their alleged incidents. Police were called after the incident, but both Urias and the woman allegedly said no physical altercation took place. However, witnesses told TMZ that Urias pushed the woman.Urias was arrested and taken to a nearby police station, where he was charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery and later released on a $20,000 bond. He is set to appear in court June 4.  Related News Dallas Keuchel rumors: Are these 3 teams the favorites to sign the starter? Phillies’ Odubel Herrera on leave at least 2 more weeks after arrestcenter_img Urias, 22, was once MLB’s top left-handed pitching prospect and made his debut with the Dodgers at 19 years old.He has appeared in 12 games (four starts) this season and is 3-2 with a 3.78 ERA (14 ER/33 1/3 IP) with 36 strikeouts.He recorded his first career save May 6 against the Braves and is 2 for 2 in save chances. In his four-year MLB career, he is a combined 8-6 with a 3.73 ERA (57 ER/137.2 IP) in 38 games (24 starts). Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias will not face charges related to his arrest for domestic violence in May as long as he participates in a 52-week domestic counseling program and commits no acts of violence for the next year, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office announced Monday.The alleged incident occurred May 13 when witnesses said Urias shoved a woman later identified as his girlfriend. It was reportedly caught on tape at a mall in Los Angeles, but MLB was unable to obtain a copy of the footage because officials declined to release it, according to ESPN.last_img read more