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Why casinos are beginning to leave NV Energy

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Nevada based energy firm NV Energy are looking at a potential crisis if proposed plans by various Las Vegas casino operators go ahead. Major casino owners are looking to sever their ties with the energy company and are looking to now source their electricity elsewhere. Many industries have been looking at alternative ways in which to help cut down all their power bills and the casino industry is one that takes full advantage of electricity.

From 24 hour lighting to bright and flashing lights stemming from the hundreds of various video-based games and slot machines placed around the floors of these casinos its unsurprising to think that the industry certainly burns through its fair share of electricity on a daily basis. With the declining interest in land-based casinos around the country being hit by the rising growth of the hottest games at the online casino and other mobile alternatives it seems like casino operators are looking for suitable ways to recoup some losses and one of these is to help get their energy bills lowered.

There has been plenty of investment in more energy efficient programs and other renewable sources of energy with even some casinos looking to generate their own energy on-site by installing wind turbines and solar panels in order to use the natural environment around them to help generate some of its energy. But whilst these environmentally friendly options can have an impact there is still a lot of power being drawn from the energy companies themselves.

These various strategies are now beginning to have an impact and it fits perfectly in with other businesses and companies in other industries who are looking to take more control over how they create and consume energy. So whilst this growing trend in energy efficiency is music to the ears of environmentalists the energy companies such as NV Energy have begun to sweat. The casinos require approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada but for NV Energy to lose massive accounts like this will be a calamity.

On the face of things it makes perfect sense. If the general public are constantly being urged to save energy, to help cut bills and their energy usage down then so should the businesses and industries they help support. Going greener is an appealing scenario for many companies but of course the bottom line ultimately is about cost cutting and if casinos are able to find suitable alternatives or ways in which they can use renewable energy sources it could create very positive ripples for the entire state.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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