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Easy Office Updates for Energy Savings


Easy Office Updates for Energy Savings

 


Offices are busy places, and people are always moving around, using electronics, and expending energy everywhere. For offices, especially the ones that have hundreds or even thousands of employees, energy costs can be a very expensive overhead cost. It is estimated that the average office spends around $30,000 on energy costs each year. There are a few steps that offices can take to reduce energy costs. We’ve listed a few here.

Replace electronics with Energy Star rated electronics.

Many electronics now come with energy star ratings. These electronics tend to use less energy than the ones that don’t have the ratings. They also give an estimate of the annual costs of running that particular piece of equipment so that the cost can be factored into a budget. The government also provides tax credits to offices who have certain energy star rated products, so this can also save office money in the long run.

Install motion activated lights.

These lights will automatically turn off in rooms where no one is working. This will dramatically save money on energy costs, especially if people are forgetful when it comes to turning the lights off.

Replace light bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs.

Light bulbs have evolved dramatically over the last decade. LED bulbs are the most efficient bulbs on the market, and prices have decreased a lot to make them more affordable. On average, an LED bulb uses around 91% less energy than the old incandescent bulbs and approximately 87% less energy than halogen bulbs.

Set the thermostat and lock it.

Temperature-wise, it’s hard to please everyone. Some people will be hot, some will be cold, and some won’t care one way or the other. Closer the thermostat is to the temperature outside, the lower your energy costs will be because the cooling system or the heating system won’t have to work as hard. Find a “neutral” temperature, like 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and leave it there. If there is a problem with employees constantly changing the thermostat, invest in a thermostat lock box or a thermostat that allows employees to only adjust by a few degrees.

Filter sunlight coming in through windows.

Large windows in the office? If sunlight or heat is streaming in, then the air conditioner has to work harder to cool the office. Invest in sun blocking shades or film treatments that block sunlight and UV rays. Sun filtering is especially necessary for offices that have skylights.

The Energy Guide Label on Appliances, What Does It Mean?


Today, more than ever, consumers are just as concerned about being ecologically responsible as they are in being economically smart.

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When it comes to appliances in your home, the Department of Energy has given you a heads start in your search for the most eco-friendly device.

They’re called “EnergyGuide” labels, and you’ve probably seen them affixed to new appliances in bright yellow squares, but may not have realized what their role is.

The sole purpose of the label is to help you better understand the appliance you’re purchasing. Most importantly, to help you understand the hidden costs of the power drain associated with its use.

Similar to the nutrition facts on food items, these labels are power facts for appliances. Included on the label is all of the information you may need in deciding if the machine truly meets your needs as well as your expectations for power costs.

The label includes necessary information on the appliance such as the type, manufacturer, and capacity of the unit. Most of these smaller print items are relatively self-explanatory.

Where most people begin to become confused is trying to understand the actual energy cost which is listed as a range based on all similar models of the appliance. If a device costs $40 per year and similar appliances use between $20 and $60 in energy per year, then that particular model should be in the exact middle of the range.

Keep in mind that when the calculations made for the energy cost, the manufacturer has no way of knowing your real energy use. That amount can vary quite substantially based on your location and the actual amount of use. (Generally speaking, it is less expensive to run a machine later in the evening during off-peak energy hours)

If you want to calculate the energy cost yourself for the most actual savings, here is a method:

  1. Look at your current power bill and note the actual cost per kilowatt hour of power. (Ex. 0.10 per kWh)
  2. Locate the “Estimated Yearly Electricity Use” box on the EnergyGuide label. (Ex. 400Wh)

Now multiply the number of estimated kilowatts by the actual amount charged per kilowatt.

In the example, we would need 400 kWh x 0.10 per kWh to generate a real charge of $40 per year for our new appliance.

Using these labels for a quick reference will help keep you informed as well as eco-friendly!

How Can Birds Safely Sit on Power Lines?


It’s a common sight. You’re traveling along a roadway, and glance upwards to see a bird or an entire flock of birds perched calmly on an adjacent overhead line!

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It’s so common, in fact, that you’ve probably come to believe that birds are somehow immune to deadly voltage. After all, these are the same power lines that you would never dream of touching yourself!

Maybe The Line Doesn’t Have Power?

Perhaps you assume these lines are not carrying power, but are cable lines (or telephone lines for those of us over 40). While it’s true that some of these lines are anything but power lines, how would birds then discern which were safe and which were not? Obviously, this is a dilemma an animal with a “bird-brain” could never figure out. Sorry birds!

So how is it possible for birds to survive something that we know to be mortally dangerous to humans? Do birds possess some type of electro-immunity? The answer is fairly simple and brings us to some of the most basic concepts of electricity.

Let’s look closely at what these power lines are, and how electricity flows through them. There are two basic types of power lines that are commonly commandeered by our feathery friends. The first is primary lines, the second, unsurprisingly, are secondary lines.

Primary Lines

Primary Lines are not generally insulated so great care is used to ensure they have been properly spaced apart so as not to allow hundreds of thousands of volts to arc with each other. When lounging on these larger lines, birds rarely have the body size required to reach across the lines with opposing feet. In the rare case that it does happen (and it has!), these poor flyers have certainly cooked their own goose. Sorry birds!

Secondary Lines

Secondary lines on the other hand, which carry far less voltage (usually only hundreds of volts) are generally insulated. This is why these line pairs are quite often twisted together. It’s an important note that the reduced voltage alone, in no way lessens the risk. Being insulated solves most of the risk facing small feet walking along the wires, but there is also the basic fact that electric currents follow the past of least resistance. Tiny feet clutching the lines are much less conductive than the metal line itself.

So, can birds safely sit on power lines? Yes! The better question might be, “Should they”? Probably not!

Clean Your Way to Energy Savings


Save Energy By Cleaning Up Your Business

 

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Business costs can be reduced and profit increased by examining the energy usage. There are a number of ways to reduce energy costs. These tips will assist you in cleaning your way to energy savings.

Dust

Ensure that all office equipment is free from dust. Ensure that light bulbs and fixtures are clean as well. Microfiber clothes do best for this as they keep the dust on them instead of just spreading it around.

Air Ducts and Filters

Have the ventilation system professionally cleaned and ensure all filters are changed on a regular basis. A programmable thermostat will help to keep the temperatures adjusted higher or lower depending on the season when the office is empty. It is also important to have the unit serviced regularly to ensure it is properly functioning.

Refrigerator Coils

Ensure the coils on the refrigerator in the employee break room are clean.

Windows and Other Glass

Ensure that windows are clean to allow sunlight in and help with keeping the office warm and naturally lit.

Stop Air Leaks

Duct tape, specialty kits and weather stripping can help to keep air from leaking out and running up the bills for cooling and heating.

Ceiling Fans

Change the direction of the ceiling fans to ensure they are circulating warm air in winter and cooling the air in the summer.

In addition to the cleaning of the office to lower energy bills you can have an energy audit conducted to tell you exactly where you are using the most energy. Once the audit is complete setting a specific goal for energy savings can help to keep you focused. Having employees actively participate in saving energy will help you to reach your goal faster. Implement these tips and you will watch your energy savings increase as the energy expenses decrease.

Becoming a Lineman


An electrical lineman also known as a utility lineman installs, repairs and maintains distribution and transmission of electric power grids. A lineman usually works on high voltage wires and for that reason requires an understanding of the most strict electricity safety precautions.

 

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It is something prestigious to be a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEA). Many people desire to work as electrical linemen but do not understand the procedure on how to go about it. One can only join the Union after undergoing all the processes of becoming a lineman.

How does one become a lineman?

The basic procedure is for you to go to a lineman school or training institution and later work for a utility company. After that, you will be given on-job-training as an apprentice lineman. Under normal circumstances, a typical apprentice should not exceed four years nor be less than three years. The entire learning process contains about 6 or 7 steps. Some companies require that you first work as a groundsman before proceeding to other steps. As a groundsman your work will be to assist linemen in their duties sorting and organizing line tools, driving heavy trucks and sending lineman tools up to power poles.

While serving as a lineman apprentice, you will learn pole climbing although in some instances you will be asked to ride in a bucket truck. Some trainers do not permit apprentice to use bucket trucks until they qualify for a journeyman lineman. At this point, you will learn things such as safety and first aid, rigging techniques, transformer hook-up and theory, electrical theory, covering techniques, pole setting, use of rubber gloves and many more.

After completing the apprentice training, a person advances to the next stage which is a journeyman lineman. A journeyman lineman can get work anywhere in the world. That is why it takes a long process before attaining that particular level. A journeyman lineman receives top pay compared to all other levels.

In general, becoming a lineman is not a difficult thing as some people tend to think. As long as you have the passion of becoming an electrician you will achieve your dream. All you need to do is to identify a lineman training center and register for classes. It is also important to note that most of the lessons in lineman training are hands-on rather than theory.

 

 

Which Appliance In your Home Consume the Most Energy?


Which appliance is increasing your monthly energy bill?

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We all have that moment when we open the electric bill and wince a little. Sometimes we even have the moment where we swear that we were good this month with electricity use. The first thing that comes to your mind is, why is it so expensive? What is so expensive? What happened? Well let’s investigate.

Wattage

Some electric bills have a “wattage used” section that displays usage over the course of a few months. If you’ve noticed that the outrageous bill occurs during the hottest or coldest months of the year then chances are your heating/cooling system is the culprit. The best way to avoid these types of bills is to keep your thermostat in check. There is a recommended temperature of 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer. Being consistent will help curb these energy spikes.

Your Heater

One of the other obvious appliances could be the water heater. Most people don’t even think about this because it is out of sight and out of mind, but this forgotten appliance can be a serious drain on your wallet. Flipping the breaker off before bed and back on when returning from work can save you some money. If you want to try that trick you’ll find you still have warm water in the morning.

Water Heater

Water heaters have a relatively long lifespan so if you fear that it may be broken, first make sure it’s not over worked. All you have to do is look at your pipes and make sure there isn’t a leak. If hot water is constantly escaping from a faulty pipe then the water heater will never have a break which could result in an unusually high electric bill. This consistent water usage will effect your water pump as well (which is also electric). If you have city/county water then your water bill could also show signs of increased supply.

Laundry

The last one we’ll go over here is the washer and dryer. A large family can generate at least one load of laundry per day. Did you know that the electric company has “peek hours”? You are charged extra for the electricity you use during peek hours. My best advice in this case is to try to hold off on this chore until after the peek hours. A typical electric supplier’s peek hours are from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. To avoid peek hours check with your electric supplier.

We hope this little breakdown is a bit of information that you can follow.

 

DIY Energy Audit Checklist for Your Business or Home


When you conserve your energy, it will reduce the amount of money you spend towards your electric costs. For example, most people use simple tricks like turning down their lights to conserve energy. These are also tips you’ll receive from your electric company or Public Utility Commission as conservation tools. You know realistically the more energy you save, the lower your electricity bill will be, but a lot of people find it hard to save energy with a family of 3 or more and even a business with employees. However, a simple DIY energy audit can help you check for things causing an increased surge in your power.

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Perform A DIY Energy Audit

A professional auditor can gives you ways to save, and is always the best way to go, but there are a few things you can do while you’re scheduling an appointment for a home energy audit. Remember, a quality audit won’t be cheap, but it pays for itself on your monthly bills. Find a licensed individual or if you’re able to, conduct one on the regular yourself.

What To Loom For In An Energy Audit

(1). Check For Leaks 

Leaks around your home can be the number one culprit of increased energy costs. Leaks include air, and water leaks throughout your home. A good place to start is with your pipes, but should include your faucets, air conditioning, major appliances, and windows.

(2). Check your home insulation

Your home insulation can really affect the amount of energy used in your home. In fact, poor insulation can cause your heating, and cooling to leak through cracks, and seals in your home or building, and should immediately be tested. Check your insulation by checking for drafts.

(3). Check Your Major Appliances 

You may have these in your office or at home. The refrigerator, air conditioning, heating, washer, dishwasher, and lighting are all major appliances, and features of your home, you should audit for defects. Check your major appliances for leaks, and malfunctions that will contribute to an energy surge.

You can save money throughout your home and business by performing a few simple steps, a couple times a year, but a professional can give you the best advice on how to minimize the amount of energy you spend in your home. Contact your local area energy audit specialist for more details on a walk through by a licensed and trained professional today.

Why is Real Time Energy Monitoring Best?


Looking for more information about real-time energy monitoring? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s some of your most commonly-asked questions answered by the power monitoring professionals at Electro Industries.
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Q: What is real-time energy monitoring?

A: A real-time energy monitoring system is a series of meters and computer software that allows you to view how much energy your facility is consuming in real time.

 


Q: What benefits does real-time energy monitoring offer?

A: Access to energy consumption data in real time is invaluable. With this information readily available, you can easily pinpoint areas of inefficiency within your building and develop programs to improve on these weak points. Many of Electro Industries‘ customers have reported reducing energy consumption by 20% or more after installing our products. Less energy usage doesn’t just lower your utility bills and operating costs, it also reduces your carbon footprint and makes your business more marketable to the public.

 

Q: What kind of businesses can benefit from real-time energy monitoring?

A: Any kind of business can benefit from real-time energy monitoring. If your facility runs on electricity, we can help you use less of it. Our power monitoring instruments are currently installed in manufacturing factories, shopping malls, hospitals, apartment complexes, college campuses, data centers, and more!

 

Q: Is real-time energy monitoring difficult to implement?

A: Not when you have a team of experts guiding you through the entire process. Our team will install your system of energy meters and teach you the ins and outs of our user-friendly software interface, allowing you to save as much energy as possible with minimal effort.

 

Q: How can I get started with real-time energy monitoring for my business?

A: Getting started with real-time energy monitoring is as simple as contacting the experts at Electro Industries. With more than 40 years of experience and thousands of instruments installed around the world, there is no reason to trust anybody else with your power monitoring needs. Visit our website to learn more, or give us a call: 866-928-7908

We hope this covered some of the highlights of real time energy meter reading.

Register for our training in Greensboro, NC.


Increasing your energy efficiency and cutting energy use adds to your bottom line. Electro Industries can help you do that with our power meters and smart grid technologies. Our products help provide revenue grade energy measurement, information on power quality and advanced telemetry data. Our power meters currently help staff in commercial buildings, industrial facilities, and substations keep tabs on energy use, energy quality and log energy data. It helps determine items like power use and cost per tenant.

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Training Meetings
Electro offers two-day seminars that teach your staff all the features of our power meters and how to best utilize them. Your staff learns the flexible nature of these meters. When installed, the meters are matched to specific applications in your operations. Just as your needs change, you can adapt your use and application of our meters. This provides just one example of vital information your staff will learn.

What Training Covers

In our two-day seminar, Electro covers everything you need to know to get the most benefit out of our equipment. On the first day, you’ll get an introduction to:

  • Electro Industries/GaugeTech communication products,
  • Nexus line of power monitors,
  • Communicator EXT advanced power monitoring and analysis software.

We follow up the introductory day with a comprehensive second training day that enhances your product and technical application knowledge. You’ll learn the specific applications and technical functions of:

  • Communicator EXT,
  • Shark Series power meters.

You’ll receive hands on setup and troubleshooting training. Our trainers work for our company and work with the power meters daily. We don’t outsource, so you learn from our experts. We have developed a program to properly educate people how to read our meters.

Meeting Location

Check our website for an up-to-date training calendar. Our next public training occurs on April 24th – 25th, 2018, in Greensboro, NC. We welcome both current and potential customers. Not everyone can make it, another option is on-site training at your work location.

LOCATION:

Greensboro Marriott Downtown 304 North Greene Street Greensboro, NC 27401

On-site Meetings
If you can’t make it to a public training, Electro could come to you. The best scheduling method combines the seminar with a field service call or startup installation. You can schedule a training seminar by calling 551-334-0870 or visiting Electro Industries website. We charge a reasonable fee for on-site training based on the number of training days and attendees.

Seating is limited, contact a local rep:

  • James Poole South Eastern Regional Manager Electro Industries/GaugeTech Tel: 772-621-9641 E-mail: jpoole@electroind.com
  • Tom Hao Technical Support Manager Electro Industries/GaugeTech Office: 516-334-0870 Ext. 237 Cell: 516-640-0450

 

Product knowledge promotes best product use. Get the most out of your power meters, sub-meters and smart grid technology by learning its every function and how to make Electro technology work for you. READ THIS FLYER FOR ALL INFORMATION.

EIG Releases Level 2 DNP3 for Shark® 270 Socket Revenue Meters


Westbury, NY (Thursday, March 29, 2018) – Electro Industries/GaugeTech (EIG) announces the release of the Shark® 270 socket revenue meter with Level 2 DNP3 protocol for both serial and Ethernet. The meter can be independently mapped to provide a host of readings, including voltage, current, watts, VARs and all energy values. Using Level 2 DNP3, the meter can be used for SCADA, as well as to collect energy for billing purposes. With these new features, in addition to billing, the meter is ideal for substation, power generation and any other application that requires SCADA measurements.

For additional information on the Shark® 270 meter, visit its webpage:
https://electroind.com/product-info/shark-270-energy-meter/

Which Portion of a School is Consuming the Most Energy?


Schools should be managing their energy use on the daily. Especially if that school is part of any type of energy saving initiative. If you have ever been curious as to what are the most energy expensive portions of a school, here is a list of the critical places to keep track of. From least to highest spend:

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Hot water and Cooling

This comes in at a general lower spend. Most schools require cooling, but there are many ways to achieve savings in this area. Hot Water using in mostly bathrooms and showers, but hot water isn’t running constantly.

IT & Office Equipment

Most schools have a general office filled with staff, each having their own desk and computer hardware. The cafeteria has registers and the computer lab is full of hardware. Then there is every classroom in the school, typically the teacher has a computer and maybe there are a couple for student use.

Lighting

Coming in as the 2nd highest spend at a school. This of course is highly crucial, every room needs to be well lit and in working order.

Heating

Heating is the number one cause of spend in a school. Most schools are heated during colder seasons with gas. It is however three times cheaper than electric heating.

We hope this has provided some insight and what to keep an eye on with your school buildings. If you have any power meter or sub meter needs, please do not hesitate to contact EIG with any questions at: Call Us: 866-928-7908

Steps to Becoming a Better Energy Manager


What an Energy Manager Does

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An Energy Manager’s function is to evaluate their employer’s energy usage. He/ She must develop a strategy to reduce energy consumption and cost. These skills are beneficial to anyone wishing to reduce their own energy costs. Here are some tips to help you excel in energy management.

Start With the Basics

• Install LED bulbs-LEDs cut energy usage by 90% and last longer than incandescent bulbs.
• Change HVAC filters twice yearly-dirty HVAC filters increase electricity usage and shorten the life of the HVAC unit.
• Pull the plug-machines and devices, not in use can still draw electricity. Not in use, unplug it, especially when the office or plant is closed.
Knowledge is Power Savings

Study monthly electric bills and the information collected by Energy Intelligence Software (EIS). With that data, you can figure what areas to concentrate on first. Bills and EIS data can help you monitor the success of your energy-saving efforts.

Energy bills from other sites owned by your employer can provide another basis for comparison. Learn what the average energy costs are industry-wide. Find out what energy costs are for the competition.

Understand how your power company charges. All the devices and machines starting at the beginning of the day can create a “start-up spike”. Your energy supplier may charge extra for start-up spikes. It requires a bit of research, but you can devise a strategy for how and from whom electricity is purchased.

Teamwork Can Save Energy

As Energy Manager let your co-workers know what it is you do. Share your strategies and results with the whole company. This approach is good for the bottom line and may make your own job easier.

When co-workers see the benefits and importance of the company reducing energy usage and costs they will be inclined to do their part. They will be supportive of your efforts and contribute to it by taking it upon themselves to save energy where they can.

Acquiring the Tools You Need

Electro Industries specializes in energy management. If you need meters or other instruments that can facilitate your energy saving efforts go to Your text to link…. We offer a variety of tools for gauging and reducing energy usage. You can call us at (866)-928-7908.

What are the Differences between AC and DC Power?


What are the differences between AC / DC power?

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There are several differences between AC(alternating current) and DC (direct current). The primary difference is the direction in which the current flows. With
AC the electric current flows in cycles that alternate between at regular intervals going forward and then backwards. With DC electricity flows in the same direction continuously. When these two types of electricity are observed for a period of time using a cathode ray oscilloscope, AC produces a sine curve while DC produces a straight line.

AC Power Used In Homes

AC is the type of electric power used in people’s residences. It’s the preferred choice because the AC voltage can be raised or lowered using a transformer. With AC the electricity is transported using high voltage power lines. The voltage can be reduced to the level needed for use in homes and businesses through the use of a resister. This reduction makes it AC less dangerous and more suitable for different types of appliances. Most countries use frequencies of between 50 and 60 hertz.

DC Power Generated By Batteries

Direct current is created by using electric cells or batteries, dynamos thermocouples, solar panels and other types of electrical power sources using a chemical reaction. It’s used in circuits that require a constant voltage or charge. Direct current travels inside a wire, line cable or some other type of conductor. It can also move through semiconductors, insulators and even ion beams. DC electrical power is often used to run different types of machinery, cell phones, flashlights and hybrid or electric vehicles.

Distance From Power Source

Another major difference between AC and DC electricity is that devices using AC can be a lot further away from the source of the electric power while DC driven objects must be in very close proximity to the source of power. That’s because AC loses less power due to resistance in the line than DC.

Two Different Creators

During the 1880s, there was intense discussion and sometimes violent arguments about whether AC or DC was more suitable for providing electrical power to towns, cities and other large areas. Nikola Tesla designed a system for using AC to supply power while Thomas Edison championed the use of DC electricity. Industrialist George Westinghouse put his money behind Tesla’s AC power plants because the were safer, more reliable, cost less and allowed the electricity to be transported longer distances with minimal loss of power.

We hope this was interesting and information packed! Please, reach out to EIG for any questions regarding your Energy Monitoring / Submetering. https://electroind.com/contact-us/  

Key Electrical Terms to Know


We at Electro Industries/Gauge Tech would like to share some electrical jargon that may come in handy.

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Here is a list of frequently used words or verbiage you may run into on our site or speaking with us.

  • Revenue Grade Meters are power production meters, they measure to +/- 2% accuracy per the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) rule C12.1-2008. RGMs  remain accurate regardless of electrical or environmental conditions. They come in local models that are read at the site by a human being and remote models that transmit usage data to be read elsewhere.
  • Advanced Telemetry the transmission for monitoring of your electrical data to a central location.
  • The Smart Grid is a network of electricity saving devices.
  • Power Quality is a steady supply of voltage delivered at a rate within acceptable ranges.

 

  • Current is electrons following a wire. The uninteruppted flow of those electrons is continuity. The appliances and gadgets those electrons are enroute to is the load.
  • Wire and line are synonyms, some sort of electrical conduit. Other wiring terms include:\
    • Live or hot wire-carries voltage from the electrical source to the load.
    • Neutral wire-carries voltage free current from the load back to the source.
    • Circuit-the path electricity follows from the source and back again.
  • Electricity flows to what it is powering at a rate measured in Amperes or simply AmpsOhms gauge resistance and conductivity. More Ohms means more resistance fewer Ohms less resistance.
  • The term for the amount of energy used is wattage or power. Wattage equals voltage x amps.
  • Voltage is the pressure that drives electrons through a wire.

Thank you for taking the time to read this entry. If we can be of any service please visit us at https://electroind.com/ or call 866-928-7908

Causes of Wasted Energy at Work


Businesses and Wasted Energy

Heading a business is a big commitment. It’s important for businesses to try to keep costs down at all times. They can do so by minimizing any and all possible wastes of energy. Wasted energy can be bad for finances. It can be awful for the environment, too. There are various factors that commonly contribute to significant and troubling business energy wastes.

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Evaluate the Design of Your Structure

It can be wise to rely on design methods that involve the “whole-building” approach. This approach makes all structural system and elements factors. Smart businesses that want to reduce energy wastes can get a lot out of this in-depth approach. This approach can help them reduce their expenses dramatically.

Focus on Your Boiler

Structures require yearly boiler tune-up service. They require yearly combustion tests as well. Frequent boiler maintenance can help save substantial amounts of energy. It, in turn, can help businesses conserve money. It’s critical to enhance boiler insulation whenever possible. Economizers can come in handy. They have the ability to get back waste heat. It can also be beneficial for businesses to install numerous compact boilers. This can work out well for structures that have loads that change all of the time.

Pay Attention to Your Appliances

Businesses tend to rely on all different kinds of appliances. If you want to save energy, focus on your refrigeration equipment. It’s critical to give your heat exchange coilers routine cleaning sessions. It can also be intelligent to utilize motors that are energy-efficient. Chillers that are high efficiency can be wonderful for energy saving applications. Look for a variable speed drive as well.

How many computers are running in your office? Are there any extra on without people at their stations? Are people using personal heaters at their desk? Or if it’s hot, are people using fans at their desk? Do any of your employees have personal fridges at their desks? Take a look around and take note of extra non-needed appliances using your extra energy.

Invest in Sub Meters and Power Meters for accurate measurement for your building.

If you want to avoid energy wastes for your business, investing in sub meters and power meters may be the way to go. You will be able to in real time, analyze the use of electricity from your building. Have a talk with your current building manager or power manager about your current electrical meter reading.

For more information about submeters and power meters, contact Electro Industries/GaugeTech today for more information.

Register for Our Training in Ann Arbor, MI


Increasing your energy efficiency and cutting energy use adds to your bottom line. Electro Industries can help you do that with our power meters and smart grid technologies. Our products help provide revenue grade energy measurement, information on power quality and advanced telemetry data. Our power meters currently help staff in commercial buildings, industrial facilities, and substations keep tabs on energy use, energy quality and log energy data. It helps determine items like power use and cost per tenant.

Classroom training

You can use the right measurement tools that can provide you the data. However, not knowing how to properly use the tools makes its data meaningless. That’s where proper training enters the situation. Electro Industries provides its customers detailed training, therefore getting the most out of its devices.

Training Meetings
Electro offers two-day seminars that teach your staff all the features of our power meters and how to best utilize them. Your staff learns the flexible nature of these meters. When installed, the meters are matched to specific applications in your operations. Just as your needs change, you can adapt your use and application of our meters. This provides just one example of vital information your staff will learn.

What Training Covers
In our two-day seminar, Electro covers everything you need to know to get the most benefit out of our equipment. On the first day, you’ll get an introduction to:

  • Electro Industries/GaugeTech communication products,
  • Nexus line of power monitors,
  • Communicator EXT advanced power monitoring and analysis software.

We follow up the introductory day with a comprehensive second training day that enhances your product and technical application knowledge. You’ll learn the specific applications and technical functions of:

  • Communicator EXT,
  • Shark Series power meters.

You’ll receive hands on setup and troubleshooting training. Our trainers work for our company and work with the power meters daily. We don’t outsource, so you learn from our experts. We have developed a program to properly educate people how to read our meters.

Meeting Locations

Check our website for an up-to-date training calendar. Our next public training occurs on March 27th – 28th in Ann Arbor, MI. We welcome both current and potential customers. Not everyone can make it, another option is on-site training at your work location.

LOCATION:

Washtenaw Community College Great Lakes Regional Training Center – Room 202

4800 E. Huron River Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48105

On-site Meetings
If you can’t make it to a public training, Electro could come to you. The best scheduling method combines the seminar with a field service call or startup installation. You can schedule a training seminar by calling 551-334-0870 or visiting Electro Industries website. We charge a reasonable fee for on-site training based on the number of training days and attendees.

Seating is limited, contact a local rep:

James Chan Cell: 516 289 4881 Email: jchan@electroind.com

Victor Batwar Direct: 516-515-9908 Office: 516-334-0870 Email: vbatwar@electroind.com

Product knowledge promotes best product use. Get the most out of your power meters, sub-meters and smart grid technology by learning its every function and how to make Electro technology work for you. READ THIS FLYER FOR ALL INFORMATION.

E.I.G.’s Ethics Policy


Today we wanted to highlight our ethics policy. We believe this is something that has kept EIG level headed and take pride in ourselves. EIG also cares about our deep culture of integrity and ethical behaviors.

Electro Industries
We believe one of our ongoing traits of success is making a relationship with our customers. We also believe in the bond between our employees, suppliers, and our community. Our ethics policy defines how we treat each other with fairness, dignity, and respect.
Here are a few key factors from our policy.

Our Values 
EIG’s values have strengthened our organization, shaped our culture and guided behavior on the job since 1975. We expect the company’s values to be followed at all times across EIG.

Integrity
We act with honesty, fairness, respect and safety, furthering a culture of unquestioned integrity. This strengthens relationships across businesses and functions.

Customer Satisfaction
Our future depends on us serving as customer advocates and increasing our customers’ success. We are proactive, hard-driving and easy to work with. EIG offers expert knowledge and practical solutions. We deliver on our promises.

Employee Engagement
As we grow, so will our people. We foster a culture that promotes excellent performance, teamwork, inclusion, leadership and growth. Our employee and leader diversity will mirror our global markets and population.

Innovation
We encourage change and seek the opportunities it brings. We will commercialize innovations globally at an accelerating pace.

Sustainability
Through our products, services, operations and community involvement, we promote the efficient use of resources to benefit all people and our planet. The environment and sustainability are key elements of our business proposition.

Guiding Principle: Policy Applies Equally to All
Our policy applies to everyone at EIG. Management, company officers, employees, agents and contract workers.
EIG does not tolerate threats or retaliation again anyone who makes a good-faith report of a possible Ethics Policy violation.

We ask that our employees regularly visit our policy for a refresher on what we stand for. If you would like to read our entire policy, it’s available here on our site for everyone to read. https://www.electroind.com/pdf/E300723_Ethics_Policy.pdf

Things to Do Around Westbury


Westbury, New York and Activity Options

Westbury is the name of a village that’s located on Long Island in New York. It’s a Nassau County community that’s not far at all from the Big Apple. If you have some time to spare in Westbury, you’ll encounter no shortage of fun and interesting activity options.

westbury, NY

Westbury is home to all sorts of high-quality dining establishments.

People who are hungry and in the mood to chow down on excellent food can easily do so. Westbury has a combination of fast food establishments, therefore people can visit sit-down eateries people can enjoy food all day. People there can dine on Mexican, All-American, Italian, Portuguese, Thai, Middle Eastern, Japanese and Chinese fare with ease.

Shopping opportunities abound in Westbury, too. The village provides enthusiastic shoppers with easy access to all kinds of shopping destinations. If you’re looking for luxury boutiques that offer high-end attire and accessories, Westbury has plentiful options. If you need to shop for electronic goods that are affordable and modern, it has an abundance of choices as well.

Museums Your Thing?

There are quite a few attractions for people to enjoy in Westbury. If you have any interest in air travel, the most noteworthy is the Cradle of Aviation Museum located in nearby Garden City. This education center can be a joy for people of all age groups. Children can have a blast at it as well. Admission costs $15.00 for adults. Furthermore, Senior citizens and children can get in for just $13.00.

The Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City is a must-see point of interest located in the Westbury area. This museum features a total of 14 thrilling exhibits. It even is suitable for children who love activities such as artwork and live theater. General admission for the Long Island Children’s Museum is $13.00.

Visit a Park?

Westbury possesses a soothing and relaxing atmosphere that’s great for folks who love unwinding and making the most of the moment. It has quite a few parks that are perfect for serenity and escaping things for a while. Notable parks that are located in and around the community are the Mineola Memorial Park, Eisenhower Park, Wilson Park, Carle Place Park and Martin Bunky Reid Park. It doesn’t matter if you rather want to people-watch, relish the splendor of nature or just most of all have a pleasant conversation with a pal. The greenery in the community is lush, inviting and soothing all at the same time.

Kick back and relax or go out and venture, there is plenty to go and do in Westbury!

What Should I Keep At My Desk for an Emergency?


No one expects an emergency to occur at work, but it is always wise to be prepared to the best of your ability. Here are a few items to keep at your desk to become the office hero.

office desk
Batteries. 

Small and easy to store, batteries come in handy for flashlights, radios, and other small appliances. Keep the kind needed for the devices you use in case they become necessary on short notice.

Blanket. 

Even a smaller blanket may be useful in covering the face, if not the entire body, in the event of a fire or smoke. If a blanket is too big for your work desk, keep a towel instead to help block fumes, smoke, etc.

Emergency contact information.

Have the company’s emergency plan or policies in your desk, along with contact numbers for those who need to be notified, beyond emergency personnel. This may include HR or company officials as well as medical providers for questions.

First aid kit.

A first aid kit with bandages, antibacterial ointment, and over-the-counter pain relievers is helpful in case of an injury. It can be indispensable in an emergency.

Flashlight.

To go along with those batteries, a regular flashlight or larger lantern style is useful if the power goes out. Keep a battery with it to ensure it will work when needed.

Bottled water. 

Bottled water comes in handy if the workplace goes on lockdown, or in case of minor injuries that need to be washed when restroom access is blocked.

Portable radio. 

Although cell phones deliver most information these days, radio broadcasts may be able to pick up local news faster than larger news outlets. Stock the necessary batteries with the radio so it can be used without electricity.

A few small items like these can provide immediate help if an emergency should occur. Stock them to be prepared.

 

Our In-House and Field  Customer Support   


There is nothing more annoying and sometimes stressful as having something break and no one to reach out to.

worker

That is why we here at E.I.G. our customer support specialists are standing by to assist you. Our knowledgeable customer service is available by phone. If we can’t fix it over the phone we can certainly send someone out to assist you on sight.

E.I.G. technical engineering services team is available to work with customers. Our field support team is in-house, not contracted out to some other company. Thus ensuring our relationship even further. Read more about how they can help here: https://electroind.com/technical-support/

At Electro Industries/Gaugetech, we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and support before, during, and after the sale. Do not be afraid to contact us today with any an issues you may have.

The hours of operation for our customer service support team are Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. For prompt assistance, contact our Customer Support Specialists by phone, fax or email.

Contact us at:

1800 Shames Drive, Westbbury, NY 11590
(866) 928 – 7908 or 1 – 877 – EIMETER
support@electroind.com

If you are an international client, please check this list of contacts to reach out to your corresponding rep: https://electroind.com/contact-us/

If outside of business hours or you do not wish to speak with someone, you can email the team at support@ind.com and we will get back in touch with you soon. Remember that when you purchase one of our power meters or gauges you are now part of the family here at Electro Industries/Gaugetech.

 

Register for Our California Training


Increasing your energy efficiency and cutting energy use adds to your bottom line. Electro Industries can help you do that with our power meters and smart grid technologies. Our products help provide revenue grade energy measurement, information on power quality and advanced telemetry data. Our power meters currently help staff in commercial buildings, industrial facilities, and substations keep tabs on energy use, energy quality and log energy data. It helps determine items like power use and cost per tenant.

Classroom training

You can use the right measurement tools that can provide you the data. However, not knowing how to properly use the tools makes its data meaningless. That’s where proper training enters the situation. Electro Industries provides its customers detailed training, therefore getting the most out of its devices.

Training Meetings
Electro offers two-day seminars that teach your staff all the features of our power meters and how to best utilize them. Your staff learns the flexible nature of these meters. When installed, the meters are matched to specific applications in your operations. Just as your needs change, you can adapt your use and application of our meters. This provides just one example of vital information your staff will learn.

What Training Covers
In our two-day seminar, Electro covers everything you need to know to get the most benefit out of our equipment. On the first day, you’ll get an introduction to:

  • Electro Industries/GaugeTech communication products,
  • Nexus line of power monitors,
  • Communicator EXT advanced power monitoring and analysis software.

We follow up the introductory day with a comprehensive second training day that enhances your product and technical application knowledge. You’ll learn the specific applications and technical functions of:

  • Communicator EXT,
  • Shark Series power meters.

You’ll receive hands on setup and troubleshooting training. Our trainers work for our company and work with the power meters daily. We don’t outsource, so you learn from our experts. We have developed a program to properly educate people how to read our meters.

Meeting Locations

Check our website for an up-to-date training calendar. Our next public training occurs on February 27 – 28, 2018 in Southern California. We welcome both current and potential customers. Not everyone can make it, another option is on-site training at your work location.

LOCATION: Vans Headquarters 1588 South Coast Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626

On-site Meetings
If you can’t make it to a public training, Electro could come to you. The best scheduling method combines the seminar with a field service call or startup installation. You can schedule a training seminar by calling 551-334-0870 or visiting Electro Industries website. We charge a reasonable fee for on-site training based on the number of training days and attendees.

Product knowledge promotes best product use. Get the most out of your power meters, sub-meters and smart grid technology by learning its every function and how to make Electro technology work for you.

We’re Hiring  – Apply Today


EIG has been around over 40 years. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for our amazing family within. Great minds and hard workers, the reasons we are the leaders in our field. At EIG, there is no limit to how far you can grow your career. We support each employee in expanding their knowledge base and experience to completely fulfill their personal goals. The only limits are the ones you put on yourself!

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Here are our current career opportunities at the time of this blog post:

IT Director:

In this role you will be in charge of a team of IT professionals. You’ll also manage the company’s technology operations and the implementation of new IT systems and policies. The goal is to ensure IT systems and people are effective and functioning. Being sure to keep them within the limits of budget, time and specifications of the company.

Entry-Level Sales Engineer:

In this position you will train with experienced engineers. You’ll work as part of the regional sales team to qualify leads. You will also work directly with customers to identify power monitoring projects. Also you’ll need to find solutions utilizing EIG’s power meters and energy management software. We are currently offering positions in the vicinities of Houston, Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, Seattle, and Long Island NY.

Field Support Engineer:

We take pride in the support we offer with our products and that support continually brings customers back to EIG. In this position you will work directly with customers providing technical assistance on the installation and operation of our products and software.

India Inside Sales Engineer:

In this position you will work with the regional sales team to qualify leads and work directly with customers to identify power monitoring projects.

International Sales Engineer:

In this position you will work as part of the international sales team to qualify leads and work directly with customers to identify power monitoring projects and find solutions utilizing EIG’s power meters and energy management software.

Quality Control Inspector:

We take pride in the quality of our product and that high quality starts and ends with our Quality Control Team. In this position you will perform inspections, checks, tests, and sampling of incoming materials, parts, PCB’s and discrete components used in the manufacturing of electronic devices both partially assembled and finished devices. You will also perform a review of device history records for the release of finished goods. The candidate must be familiar with ISO standards and be able to carry out internal audits.

Experience Sales Engineer:

In this position you will work as part of the regional sales team to qualify leads and work directly with customers to identify power monitoring projects and find solutions utilizing EIG’s power meters and energy management software. We are currently offering positions in the vicinities of Houston, Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, Seattle, and Long Island NY.

Electronic Technician:

Electro Industries, the leader in power monitoring and smart grid solutions, is looking for an Electronic Technician to troubleshoot electronic assemblies.

Junior Automation Engineers:

In this position, EIG needs someone to assist the automation and manufacturing engineering team with the design and maintenance of automated test equipment. This position is located at our corporate office in Westbury, NY.

 

If you feel any of these potential careers relate to your interest or expertise, please, click here to read more about each position and to apply today.

What is Making My Energy Bill So High?


Steps to Keep Heating Bills Under Control

It is that dreaded time of the year again. With winter in full swing, chances are that you have noticed that you energy bills are getting a bit higher. The dread that comes with opening up that energy bill can be decreased by just following a few easy steps. However, why are you bills so high in the first place?
saving money

Thermostat Control

Sometimes it really is as simply as setting your thermostat at one comfortable temperature and never touching it. As human beings we tend to want instant gratification and sometimes, when we have been outside in the cold especially, we want to get warm NOW. This usually means cranking up the heat when he first come from the elements in order to get warm instantly. Unfortunately, doing so can wreck havoc on your energy bill by your furnace or heating unit to use too much energy, too quickly. If you keep your house at once temperature you can say money on the monthly bill AND have less of a chance for your unit to go out more quickly.

Meter

It is always a good idea to have your meter checked for functionality and accuracy, especially if it an older one. Sometimes the meter is not recording your energy expenditure and if this is the case, you have the right to know. Check with your energy provider and ask them to check your meter and replace if faulty. At Electro Industries, we ensure that our meters are accurate and our digital meters are simply more reliable that analog.

Type of Heat

Try to avoid placing electric heaters all over the home. Sure, electric heating is convenient but most people do not know that it is far more expensive than gas or oil. By using something other than electric, like propane and natural gas, you can reduce your costs. It is also far better on the environment! Electric heating can get pricey.

These are just a few ideas that can explain why your heating bill might not be adding up. Remember, the best thing to do is leave your temperature steady during the winter months. Also, using accurate digital power meters that we specialize in is always going to be more accurate than an older, analog meter that is not calibrated. That means more money in your pocket!

Nexus Series – F.A.Q. Answered!


Today, we will be answering some frequently asked questions about our Nexus Series. If you feel like we missed anything in our answers below, please reach out to our support for any help at all at: 866-928-7908 or email us at: support@electroind.com.

How can I communicate with the Nexus 1250 meter?

The Nexus 1250 meter has four communication ports, three are designed to use the RS485 interface, and one is bidirectional between RS485, and RS232. For direct connections, it is easy to use the RS232 port, and a standard serial extension cable (straight), or using an RS485 to RS232 converter, such as our Unicom 2500, connect to any of the RS485 ports. The Nexus 1250 Meter can be remotely located, and using an external or the optional internal modem, be accessed across the PSTN with standard dial-up modems. The meter can also talk across a LAN or the Internet using the internal TCP/IP network interface. Additional interfaces include Modbus RTU, Modbus ASCII and DNP 3.0.

 

How do I get the GE SC-6 (USB to optical converter) to communicate with my Nexus socket meters?

1.Remove the lens film before use. Plug the device in.

2. :XP, NT: Should auto detect the device and install. If it asks for any files, they will be in the “USB_DRIVERS”folder on the cd.:95, 98: Auto detects, and asks for the files to install. Select the files from the “USB_DRIVERS” folder on the cd.

3. Go to Control Panel -> System -> Hardware -> Device Manager -> Ports and look for “Cypress USB-HID -> COM device“. If it is not there, look for the group Human Interface Devices -> USB Human Interface Device. If it is there, skip to 5.

4. Click on update driver for “USB Human Interface Device“. Select “Install from a list or specific location“.

4a. Select “Don’t search. I will choose the driver to install. Click on “Have Disk“, then “Browse“. In the browse box, go to the cd drive that the install cd is in, open “USB_DRIVERS” folder, and select the file “HIDCOM.INF“. Click Open, then click OK.

4b.“Cypress USB-HID -> COM device” should show up as a model option. Highlight it, and click next.

4c. A popup may come up saying that the driver “has not passed Windows Logo testingto verify its compatibility with WindowsXP. ” and a bunch of other doom and gloom. Click “Continue Anyway.” The drivers will install.

5. Open the “Ports (COM & LPT)” group in the device manager and select properties for “Cypress USB-HID -> COM device”. Set the port speed to 9600.

6. Set the optical port speed in the Nexus meter to be 9600. (SC-6 SmartCoupler doesn’t support any other speed)

7. Connect to the Nexus meter with the optical port to verify the connection.

 

Last question of the day, What is the Vaux input used for?

This is an independent voltage input that has all the capabilities of the other voltage inputs (recording, triggering, trending, etc.). A typical use would be in synchronizing a line closure. With the Nexus meter connected to one side of a breaker, the VAUX can be connected to the other side of the breaker, and using the real time phasor display of the meter, watch the VAUX phasor relationship to the other inputs. Another application would be to use the Aux voltage to provide you the potential from neutral to ground. This enables a user to test the grounding system of a substation or facility.

Remember that if you need any assistance or help answering questions about your E.I.G. product, contact us today: 866-928-7908 or email us at: support@electroind.com.

EIG Education & Power Meter Training Programs


Increasing your energy efficiency and cutting energy use adds to your bottom line. Electro Industries can help you do that with our power meters and smart grid technologies. Our products help provide revenue grade energy measurement, information on power quality and advanced telemetry data. Our power meters currently help staff in commercial buildings, industrial facilities, and substations keep tabs on energy use, energy quality and log energy data. It helps determine items like power use and cost per tenant.Classroom training

You can use the right measurement tools that can provide you the data. However, not knowing how to properly use the tools makes its data meaningless. That’s where proper training enters the situation. Electro Industries provides its customers detailed training, therefore getting the most out of its devices.

Training Meetings
Electro offers two-day seminars that teach your staff all the features of our power meters and how to best utilize them. Your staff learns the flexible nature of these meters. When installed, the meters are matched to specific applications in your operations. Just as your needs change, you can adapt your use and application of our meters. This provides just one example of vital information your staff will learn.

What Training Covers
In our two-day seminar, Electro covers everything you need to know to get the most benefit out of our equipment. On the first day, you’ll get an introduction to:

  • Electro Industries/GaugeTech communication products,
  • Nexus line of power monitors,
  • Communicator EXT advanced power monitoring and analysis software.

We follow up the introductory day with a comprehensive second training day that enhances your product and technical application knowledge. You’ll learn the specific applications and technical functions of:

  • Communicator EXT,
  • Shark Series power meters.

You’ll receive hands on setup and troubleshooting training. Our trainers work for our company and work with the power meters daily. We don’t outsource, so you learn from our experts. We have developed a program to properly educate people how to read our meters.

Meeting Locations

Check our website for an up-to-date training calendar. Our next public training occurs in January 2018 in New Orleans. We welcome both current and potential customers. Not everyone can make it, another option is on-site training at your work location.

On-site Meetings
If you can’t make it to a public training, Electro could come to you. The best scheduling method combines the seminar with a field service call or startup installation. You can schedule a training seminar by calling 551-334-0870 or visiting Electro Industries website. We charge a reasonable fee for on-site training based on the number of training days and attendees.

Product knowledge promotes best product use. Get the most out of your power meters, sub-meters and smart grid technology by learning its every function and how to make Electro technology work for you.

 

 

Simple Steps to Cut Energy Costs at Home


How To Reduce Home Energy Costs

It’s easy to save money on your electric bill. Here are some energy-saving steps that we recommend:

Home saving money

1. Switch To Energy Star Appliances:

There are many types of energy star appliances available. Some examples of them are lights, washers and dryers, refrigerators, and dishwashers. Energy star is one of the most famous brands of green appliances.

2.Use Windows To Reduce Heating And Cooling Costs:

Winter:

Blinds on south-facing windows should remain open during winter days. The blinds on north-facing windows should stay closed. Blinds of east facing windows should be open in the morning, and they should be closed in the afternoon. The blinds on west-facing windows should be closed in the morning and opened during the afternoon. All blinds should be closed on winter nights.

Summer:

All blinds should remain closed during the day. Blinds and windows should be opened on summer nights.

3. Install Solar Panels:

You don’t have to install enough solar panels to power your whole house. In addition, solar panels are more affordable to install than many people expect. If you decide to install enough solar panels to generate more electricity than you need, you can sell some of the power back to the grid. This can be profitable for some households.

4. Stop Using Electric Heat:

While oil and gas heat requires electricity, it doesn’t need anywhere near as much electricity as electric heat. Making the switch to propane or natural gas heat is good for your wallet and the environment.

5. Put Computers In Sleep Mode When You Aren’t Using Them:

Leaving a computer on all the time uses much more electricity than you’d think.
Putting your computer in sleep mode when you aren’t using it can save 10 to 50 dollars per year.

We hope some of these methods will assist you with saving energy at home and maybe cutting some electricity bills down a bit. Electro Industries specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry.

 

Top Tourist Spots Around Long Island


A family vacation to Long Island can be the most thrilling and cheap vacation if you’d like. From Food trucks to a kid’s dream to parents evening out. There are unlimited amounts of adventure that you can have in Long Island and here are a few to get you started with planning your next family vacation.

long island

Unbelievable scenery is all around us and can be the most beautiful portraits to take in. Take a drive down the coastline of the South Shore with its white sands and venerable Montauk Point Lighthouse. On the other end at the North Shore, there are exalted rocky bluffs and hilltop coastal mansions. When you go into the inner city you’ll find vibrant vineyards that are giving Europe and California a run for their money and restaurants that could be apart of the elite. Here are the top 6 spots to visit while you are vacationing with your family in Long Island.

Try the best-grilled cheese sandwich from a food truck in Southhold.
The North Fork Table & Inn’s truck delivers on deluxe grilled cheese sandwich with fontina, Taleggio, and sauteed mushrooms that you would not want to miss.

Join your kids in a Super Mario adventure at Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic.
A petting zoo for the kids? Absolutely. You are free to roam the entire grounds, see animals and pet as many as your heart desires. Also parents, there’s herbed chèvre for $12.

Explore the history within the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill.
Become fascinated with the large-scale installations within the museum to the exploration of nature photography.

For adults, enjoy music and wine at Lieb Cellars in Cutchogue.
Pair live music with a serene backcountry atmosphere of Lieb Cellars and a glass of wine. Your favorite spot in Long Island is waiting for you.

Scroll through at your pace in the Sunken Forest in Fire Island.
Regardless if you have or haven’t been on a ferry, hop aboard the Sailors Haven/Sunken for $13 for a roundtrip. Enjoy a peaceful stroll in Holly Forest that’s perfectly settled in Fire Island National Seashore’s sacred beach.

Enjoy a cozy sleep under the stars at Wading River.
What could be better than spending only $15 a night for a private waterfront accommodation? There are over 20 private and public campgrounds at Wildwood State Park. If you arrive on a Wednesday or Saturday in July and August, your family can enjoy a projected movie.

We hope you have the opportunity to check out one or all of these locations while you’re visiting Long Island. Have you been to any of these areas? Let us know in the comments below.

Register for our training in New Orleans, LA


Electro Industries is coming to New Orleans, LA

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to learn about Electro Industries’ most popular power metering instruments from the people who know it best: our very own training team! Learn the ins and outs of the Nexus and Shark meter families through our exclusive, two-day hands-on training seminar.

Classroom training

Here are details of the event:

What: Nexus and Shark Meter Training
When: January 23 – 24, 2018
Where: Holiday Inn Downtown-Superdome
330 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA, 70112

Cost: FREE (not including hotel or transportation) Includes complimentary breakfast and lunch.


DAY 1

EIG Communication Products
Introduction to the Nexus® line of Power Monitors
Introduction to Communicator EXT™ – Advanced Power Monitoring and Analysis Software

DAY 2

Study/Application of Communicator EXT™
Introduction to Shark® Series power meters
Hands on setup and troubleshooting


Notes:

  • Guests should arrive 30 minutes early to check in and set up.
  • Attendees are required to bring a WiFi-compatible laptop running Vista, 7, 8, or 10 Operating System; 1 GIG RAM Minimum.
  • All participants should download and install the Communicator EXT 4.0 software before attending.
  • View online flyer

This course is a must-attend for anyone who works with Electro Industries power meters on a daily basis. Participants will learn how to set up and configure meters, view and interpret information in real time, access historical data, communicate through a variety of protocols, and much more.

You won’t find a learning experience like this anywhere else. Spaces are limited – sign up before they are gone! Register Here

Electro Industries offers the world’s largest selection of power monitoring instruments and software. For more than 40 years, we have helped businesses across the globe save money and the environment by reducing energy waste. Visit our website to learn more about our energy management solutions, or give us a call at 866-928-7908.

 

Should I Switch to Using LED Light Bulbs?


Go Green – Go LED Lighting

Have you been hearing about LED light bulbs? Are you thinking about making the switch over to this bulb type? LEDs (Light emitting diodes) light bulbs are appearing in the marketplace with uses that range from household use and car headlights to traffic lights. What makes this type of light bulb so popular and why should you use them? Here is some information about the LED light bulbs:

LED bulb

  • They are very safe to use because they emit very little heat. This means that they are less likely to cause a fire or personal injury. Cooler to the touch than regular bulbs, which means when it’s time to switch them out, you will not be playing hot potato with a glass bulb.

 

  • These bulbs are designed with solid-state construction so glass breakage is a thing of the past. Thanks to this tougher exterior, they can withstand nicks / knocks better than regular bulbs.

 

  • LED lights are silent and replace bulbs that can hum, tick, ping, or thrum and otherwise distracting.

 

  • Cost is always a consideration and LED bulbs can last over 100,000 hours (about 11 years) doubling the life use of the fluorescent bulbs. They are a tad bit pricier than standard bulbs, but they last so much longer. It reduces the replacement of incandescent light bulbs by twenty times.
    Other types of light bulbs are prone to dimming over time while the LED maintains their true colors throughout the life of its use.

 

  • The versatility of the LED bulb is still being discovered. Color and shape are almost unlimited as well as being a cool light needing very low energy to perform up to full brightness. LED lights don’t require filters to produce an unlimited array of colorful lighting. These lights lend themselves to dimming without yellowing and will retain their true color under varying levels of intensity.

 

  • The light beam of an LED can be directed and focused without the use of reflectors and lenses which can allow them to be used in smaller spaces. These bulbs are very quick as they produce a full bright light in microseconds. If a quick reaction time is needed, such as brake lights, this is an improved choice for a bulb.

 

  • This can lower light usage costs as well. Unlike the compact fluorescent bulbs, mercury is not found in LED light bulbs. Mercury is poison to humans and animals. LED lights are safer to use and do not add mercury to the landfill.

 

  • When lit, these bulbs are a green alternative lighting source by reducing carbon dioxide emissions due to using less electricity. As there has been more demand from the public, LED lights have become available in most all socket sizes. Replacing older style light bulbs will reduce your electricity bill monthly and these bulbs will literally pay for themselves over time.

 

Top 5 Electric Cars of 2017


Are you looking into possibly going green next year with your vehicle? With 2017 coming to an end, let’s take a look back at what were called the top electric vehicles. These stats are based off of reports and reviews from caranddriver.com. Which are the best of 2017? Let’s do this from lowest rated to highest.

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#5. Toyota Prius

The Prius is one of the most well known electric vehicles, it’s no surprise it has made this list. This is based off the 2017 Toyota Prius Three Touring model. The Prius currently is at 54/50 mpg, but tests have shown 46 mpg being achievable. Top speed is at 114 mph for this car, with 121 horsepower, and 0 – 60 in 10.5 seconds. Seating is comfortable and fold down at the rear for 66 cu feet of cargo room. A solid and eco friendly automobile.

#4. Toyota Prius Prime

With a four-cylinder gas engine and electric motors, it has a bigger battery life versus the regular Prius. This is based off of the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced Plug-In Hybrid. It has up to 25 miles of electric only range. It’s MPGe is at 133. It’s top speed is 101 mph and has 121 horsepower. It does 0 to 60 in 10.2 seconds. The Prius Prime is stated to feel, “nimble, smooth on taking curves; it’s steering is among the best.” – Car And Driver With two cars having a fantastic rating, the standard Prius and Prius Prime, it’s safe to say either car is a safe bet for going green.

#3. Chevrolet Volt

This gasoline-hybrid offers fantastic acceleration compared to most electrics. The all electric range of this model is 53 miles, after the electricity is use, the gas engine kicks in and recharges the cars battery to keep things moving. In testing, the car reached 59 MPGe. The charge time is around 13hours on 120v and 4.5 on 240v. This car goes from 0 – 60 in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 102 miles per hour. The car holds five, but the seat in the middle is said to be useless, which is what lowers this car’s rank just a tad.

#2. Volkswagen e-Golf

The Volkswagen 2018 model is a best car winner and coming in at an affordable price (typically around 31k). There is an estimated 126 electric mile range combined with 119 mile with fuel economy. This car can hit 0 to 60 in 8.5 seconds. Containing 134 horsepower under the hood, however, the top speed is only at 85 mph. Not really the car for those who want to go a little faster on the freeway, but the acceleration is stronger than the Prius Prime.

#1. 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The highest rated and reviewed electric, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has a 200 horse power electric motor. With a recorded 96 MPGe and a 75-mph highway range of 190 miles. The car goes 0 to 60mph in 6.5 seconds.  The top speed is 93 miles per hour, fast enough for all freeways. The cabin has a 10.2 in touchscreen, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi.

If you want to learn more about electric cars, check out https://www.caranddriver.com/. We are in full support of going green and taking care of our planet. Electro Industries specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry. Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings. Visit our site to learn more about EIG here.

EIG Releases the Nexus® 1450 Cyber Secure Energy Panel Meter with Advanced Power Quality and Multiport Communication


Westbury, NY (Thursday, December 21, 2017) – Electro Industries/GaugeTech (EIG) announces the release of its latest Nexus® Series meter – the Nexus® 1450 with advanced power quality, cyber secured configuration, and multiport communication. This meter is a direct physical retrofit to the Nexus® 1250/1252 meters installed in thousands of sites in the United States and around the world. It offers multiple advanced features, including:

  • An HTML5-based Web server that offers real time data and detailed waveform analysis over the Internet, without the need for software.
  • Multi-level cyber secured encrypted configuration that prevents tampering and hacking of your power system data, and physical meter seals.
  • EIG’s Multi-Gain™ technology for the highest accuracy energy measurement.
  • IEC61000-4-30 Class A Power Quality Measurements.
  • 6 Communication Ports, including 2 Ethernet Ports.

The meter is used for critical metering applications such as utility and industrial substations, power plants, wind farms and solar metering, to monitor both energy usage and power quality. The cyber secured implementation protects the meter from being tampered with and protects the integrity of the data.

For additional information on the Nexus® 1450 meter and/or to place a pre-order for it, visit its webpage at:

https://electroind.com/product-info/nexus-1450-advanced-energy-panel-meter-extensive-communication-power-quality/

EIG’s 2017 Annual Holiday Party


Westbury, NY (Thursday, December 21, 2017) – On Tuesday December 19th Electro Industries/Gaugetech celebrated the holiday season with our annual company holiday party. We had the opportunity to enjoy great food, music, conversation and a special surprise performance by one of our own.

EIG Recognizes Team Members Reaching Milestones with the Organization


Westbury, NY (Thursday, December 21, 2017) – At their annual holiday party Electro Industries/Gaugetech recognized several employees for reaching milestones as long as 30 years with the company. Each are an important member of our team and their abilities and contributions are a significant part of our continued success as a company.

Going Green In 5 Simple Steps


Going Green

It is possible to save money and go green at the same time. Some of the most important steps will help prevent climate change, and preserve the earth for future generations. Five of the most critical steps are explained below.

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1. Conserving Energy

If you simply adjust your thermostat by a few degrees during the summer and winter months, you will be conserving energy and lowering your utility bills. When your incandescent light bulbs have burned out, replace them with CFL’s, or compact fluorescent light bulbs. When your appliances are not being used, unplug them. Smart power strips are also available, and can sense when appliances are not in use and prevent vampire or phantom energy usage. Whenever it is possible, use cold water to wash your clothes. Heating the water accounts for 85 percent of the energy used to wash your clothing in your machine. You can eliminate the energy usage from your dryer by using a clothesline or drying rack.

2. Conserving Water

You will reduce your water usage with shorter showers. This will also decrease your bills for heating and water. A low-flow showerhead is not expensive, and once installed will conserve a lot of energy and water. This will result in lower water bills. Make certain all your faucets have a faucet aerator. They are inexpensive, will conserve water and heat, and your water pressure will remain high. Use plants for your garden that require minimal watering and are drought tolerant. Specific native plants can be found in every area.

3. Bottled Water Usage

Bottled water is expensive, and leads to a sizeable amount of container waste. A water filter will purify your tap water, and is an excellent alternative. You can also carry a reusable bottle with you for water. Aluminum is a better choice than plastic and will easily travel anywhere. This will also save you money.

4. The Cleaning Supplies

You can make non-toxic, effective cleaning supplies. The ingredients are simple and include vinegar, baking soda, soap and lemon. This saves time, money, packaging and the quality of your indoor air.

5. The Electronics

Use your computers, cell phones and additional electronic items for the longest possible length of time. Do not throw them in the trash, but recycle or donate them responsibly. Mercury along with other toxins is contained in e-waste, and has become an increasing environmental problem. Speak to your local government about establishing a hazardous waste and electronics recycling collection event.

 

Nexus 1500+ Next Generation Power Quality Revenue Meter


Today we are highlighting the Nexus 1500+ Next Generation Power Quality Revenue Meter. Let’s go over some highlights about this piece of technology.

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The Nexus® 1500+ meter is designed to be a primary and testable revenue meter that additionally provides advanced power quality analysis functions. It records every aspect of electrical power, including power quality and transients, and gives you access to this information both in real time and through reports on the quality of the electrical circuit in compliance with the IEC 61000-4-30 Class A and EN 50160 international standards. In this way, the Nexus® 1500+ meter provides you with a comprehensive picture of your circuits’ power usage and reliability.

The Nexus 1500+ meter is a technology leading revenue and power quality meter. With Constant Calibration™ architecture, the Nexus 1500+ meter is designed specifically for high accuracy applications, providing 0.06% accuracy throughout its calibration range, from 0.1 A to 20 A. Using the auto-calibrating Constant Calibration™ architecture circuit, this meter offers superior accuracy and stability through its temperature range.  The meter is intended for substation and critical load metering applications.

The Nexus 1500+ meter provides a host of communication options for substation SCADA and energy management communication. This allows a user to bring back data via multiple options, including serial, Ethernet and USB. Multiple protocols are available simultaneously, including Modbus (RTU, TCP), DNP 3.0, IEC 61850, FTP, SMTP, SNTP, HTTP and more. The meter has dual Ethernet ports that can be operated on separate networks. Using EIG’s port control, protocols and ports can be independently controlled to limit access and provide internet security.

There is no threat of a failed heating element or pilot light going out with the Nexus 1500+. The Nexus 1500+ is pre-wired and configured as an advanced class “A” power meter. It has expandable switchgear capabilities, allowing the user to meter critical circuits without any time consuming and expensive panel redesign. The meter is pre-wired with shorting blocks and fuses leaving little chance of error when installing. To prevent the chance of tampering, the system has a locking mechanism. The Nexus 1500+ has 40 MHz acquisition speed, and more memory speed.

The V-Switch Key Technology means you can upgrade the meters functionality even after installing it. Purchase what you may need now and upgrade it later. This is the ideal meter of choice for power generation, grid automation, industrial, and commercial / data centers. Visit us at https://electroind.com/ On our site, we have case studies and product information to help you learn more about our meters.

The Top 3 ways Electricity is Generated


Electric energy is a form of energy based on the generation of electrical potential differences between two points, which allow establishing an electric current between the two. By appropriate transformation it is possible to obtain that such energy is shown in other final forms of direct use, in the form of light, movement or heat, according to the elements of energy conservation.

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It is one of the forms of energy that mankind uses most today, thanks to its ease of transportation and low rate of energy loss during conversions.

1) Thermoelectric (TEG)

The thermoelectric plant, produces energy from the burning of coal, natural gas, fuel and oil in a boiler. The heat that is generated turn into steam. The water present in the pipes located on the walls of the boilers under high pressure, causes the turbine to rotate and thus generate electricity.

This mode of energy generation is much criticized due to the great pollution caused to the environment, due to the release of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, thus contributing to the greenhouse effect.

2) Wind

It performs the transformation of wind energy into electric energy using wind turbines, which are large turbines placed in windy regions, in the shape of a windmill or vane. Such equipment produces the movement of a propeller, this movement generates a magnetic field, thus producing electricity.

It is considered one of the most promising forms of production, as it is a natural, renewable source that does not contribute to the greenhouse effect, and does not generate waste. Despite its good points, not everything is flowers. In addition to the high cost, nowadays, it is necessary to study the region to measure and predict the winds, making it an energy source not as reliable as some others.

3) Solar

The energy obtained through the light and the heat of the Sun, used by different technologies like: solar heating, photo-voltaic solar energy, etc. The most commonly used way to get electricity is from photo-voltaic panels, which convert light into electrical energy, and these panels are made of semiconductor material. It works as follows: sunlight hits the photo-voltaic cell and part of it is absorbed. When absorbed, the luminosity is converted into electricity. We can conclude that the greater the intensity of sunlight, the greater the flow of electricity.

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