Archive for May, 2013

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs, Do I Need Them?

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s). They are more expensive but do they really save energy? If so, how much?

While there are different types of CFL’s, the ones that are ENERGY STAR certified are the ones that can save the most energy. If every American home replaced one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR certified light bulb, that would save enough energy to light three million homes for a year. On top of that, it would save about six-hundred million in energy costs and prevent nine billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. With statistics like that, it is a wonder why everyone has not already switched to compact fluorescent light bulbs.

When it comes to managing energy in your home or commercial space, swapping out regular light bulbs for energy efficient ones is a very easy task which can have beneficial long term effects. A CFL tends to last between four and ten times longer than a regular light bulb. Because of this, money is not only saved in the electric bill, but also physically purchasing light bulbs. DOUBBLE WHAMMY!

To learn more, please contact CQI Associates by calling 410-740-0667 or visit CQIAssociates.com today!

CQI Associates is a leader in energy and environmental consulting.

As a leader in the business and residential energy market, CQI Associates manages Commercial and Residential Energy Cooperatives in Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, and Illinois. Our goal is to provide energy and environmental management services that allow our clients to increase profitability by minimizing operating costs.

We custom-tailor our services to suit each and every customer’s unique needs, a proven method that has produced significant results. We save the average customer 8–15% on an annual basis.

CQI Associates has green energy solutions for your business. We are an energy and sustainability management consulting firm servicing residential and commercial clients throughout the United States. To learn more, please contact CQI Associates by calling 410-740-0667 or visit our website today!

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Source:

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&pgw_code=LB

 

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Lifestyle Changes That Can Save Energy

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

There are many habits that we have which do nothing but waste energy. If you are looking to quickly and easily cut your electric bill, slightly altering some of your habits may be the best way to do that.

Habits That Waste Energy

  • Not turning off lights when you leave a room
  • When brushing your teeth, turn off the faucet when it is not in use.
  • Fix leaky faucets
  • Unplug appliances when they are not in use. Example that toaster you may not use every day, or your phone charger when it is not in use.
  • Replace your furnace filter to reduce strain on your furnace.
  • Set the air conditioner/ thermostat lower when you are not at home.
  • Do not stare aimlessly into your refrigerator, keeping the door shut when it is not in use will save you energy.
  • If the air conditioner is on, close the window.
  • Swap traditional light bulbs for energy saving bulbs.

Utilizing some of these quick and easy tips will dramatically lower your utility bill.

CQI Associates has green energy solutions for your business. We are an energy and sustainability management consulting firm servicing residential and commercial clients throughout the United States. To learn more, please contact CQI Associates by calling 410-740-0667 or visit our website today!

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What Is Renewable Energy and Why is it Important?

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Renewable energy is energy that comes from resources that are continuously replenished such as sunlight, rain, wind and geothermal heat. About 17% of global energy consumption comes from renewable resources. Over time, that number will increase as resources become more readily available for consumer use.

Renewable energy is important because it provides many benefits. Some of the benefits include but are not limited to:

Environmental Benefits

Renewable energy can benefit the environment because it has a much lower environmental impact than conventional energy technologies. By reusing the Earth’s natural resources that are able to quickly replenish themselves, we are cutting down on our use of more precious natural resources such as coal or oil.

Long Term Use

Renewable energy is just that, renewable. That means we won’t ever run out of it. Other resources are in limited supply and will be depleted someday. Unlike sunlight or wind, which will always renew itself.

Jobs

Most energy investments are spent on importing the materials into the US. Not with renewable energy, those investments are spent on building facilities and hiring people to maintain the facilities. The money you spend is staying local to create jobs and boost the economy.

Types of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy comes from many different places. There is sunlight, which is transformed into solar energy; wind which is captured with wind turbines and flowing water which turns into hydroelectric power.

Other types of renewable energy include bioenergy, hydrogen, geothermal energy and ocean energy.

CQI Associates has green energy solutions for your business. We are an energy and sustainability management consulting firm servicing residential and commercial clients throughout the United States. To learn more, please contact CQI Associates by calling 410-740-0667 or visit our website today!

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Source:

http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=527&t=1

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/tech/why

 

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How Practical Are Solar Panels?

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

The sun produces enough energy to feed plants and warm up the ground, but what if it could also power your electricity and heat or cool your home. Now that would be a great way to save money and energy. Thankfully, since the invention of the solar panel, there is a way to do this.

A solar panel is a piece of equipment that is used to convert sunlight into energy. Since the beginning of humanity, humans have been aware of how powerful the sun is and have tried to harness the suns energy for our own advantage.

More recently though, as consumers demand for a more environmentally friendly and cost efficient way to use energy in their homes, solar panels have been on the rise. While they are a great idea in many different aspects, how practical are they on your home?

The price for installing solar panels depends on where you are located, how big the building is and other factors. Regardless of the cost, once you receive your first electric bill, the savings will be obvious, by lowering your monthly electric bill. While the solar panels will not pay for themselves after the first month, it is a very cost effective way for cutting your energy bills and your carbon footprint.

While there may be an initial expense, the return on investment is worth it to cut your carbon footprint and reduce your monthly electric bill. If you are looking to protect the environment and save money in the process, installing solar panels on the roof of your building may be the best way to do that.

CQI Associates has green energy solutions for your business. We are an energy and sustainability management consulting firm servicing residential and commercial clients throughout the United States. To learn more, please contact CQI Associates by calling 410-740-0667 or visit our website today!

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Source:

http://www.prlog.org/10184388-history-of-solar-panels.html

 

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