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Is LED Lighting Sustainable?

Is LED Lighting Sustainable?

Each year, new laws are written mandating increased energy efficiency in buildings, creating a demand for clean technology NOW. Many cities are committing to using 100% renewable energy within the next 50 years, so it makes sense for businesses to cut energy consumption and offset usage with other sources of energy. Many businesses are looking to pick the low-hanging fruit of sustainable requirements first, and one of the easiest changes a high return is switching to LED lighting. Is LED lighting sustainable? Energy Efficiency LEDs are known to use less energy while giving off more light. How? Traditional light bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat, while LEDs put off 5% or less of the energy as heat due to the lack of a filament traditionally found in incandescent…
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We Celebrated America Recycles Day!

We Celebrated America Recycles Day!

Did you know November 15th is America Recycles Day? As an LED lighting company, the majority of our work is at residential and commercial properties removing used lighting fixtures and replacing them with more efficient models. At our latest project, we walked out with over 200 gently used lighting fixtures, and were at a loss at where these could be best used. This America Recycles Day, The Energy Smiths team paid a visit to the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore with a truck full of fixtures. We do not only strive toward helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint by reducing energy usage, but also try to incorporate different sustainability measures when it is possible. Not only does donating these fixtures keep them out of the landfill, it helps benefit our…
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Possible San Diego Utility Increase

Possible San Diego Utility Increase

This month, San Diego Gas and Electric announced a plan to significantly raise rates starting in 2019. This 11% utility increase would flow directly to commercial and residential customers. By increasing profits by $218 million, customers would see on average a $6.13 increase in monthly bill for electricity, and a $7.57 increase for gas. The San Diego utility increase plan would affect all customers. This escalation plan is outlined until 2022, and they will likely ask for another price increase when this proposal terminates. Southern California already sits as one of the the most expensive areas in the nation for electricity, and this plan will only increase the disparity. The money raised in this plan will be put towards safety and reliability, customer service, environmental stewardship, and investing in their…
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