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24 Jul 2013

New Energy Efficiency Incentives for Older Seattle Buildings

While many owners of older commercial buildings would like to invest in energy efficiency upgrades, many steer clear of significant improvements due to cost concerns. However, the Seattle-based Bullitt Foundation, which focuses on environmentally-conscious programs, is now collaborating with investors, a technology company, and a municipal utility to provide new energy efficiency incentives for older Seattle buildings when the owners make improvements, according to the New York Times.

How Will the Program Work?

Under the foundation’s plan, the owners of older commercial buildings have the potential to receive “new revenue, based on precise measurements of energy savings” if they or investors devote the necessary capital for major efficiency retrofits like replacing furnaces, boilers, or the building shell itself, the article explained. As part this program, Seattle City Light, a municipal utility, agrees to purchase back the energy savings that the building owners receive on a long-term basis and EnergyRM, a company that provides energy efficiency metering services and software-based analytics, will keep track of how much the building owners have actually saved by participating.

A critic in the Times article pointed out that Bullitt Center’s program is essentially an experiment and that many building owners would need to see hard data on how such a program actually plays out before proceeding with it. However, it is promising to see such an innovative incentive being offered to building owners—essentially allowing them to receive revenue from the value of the unused electricity, often dubbed “nega-watts,” after Seattle City Light buys them back for resale.

Kirby Electric Helps Commercial Buildings Increase Energy Efficiency

While the types of upgrades described in this article can certainly boost a building’s energy efficiency, yet another way to increase efficiency is through lighting retrofits, where old light fixtures are replaced with fixtures that save more energy. Kirby Electric helps companies go green by providing energy-efficient lighting and by designing low-energy lighting packages for commercial businesses.

About Kirby Electric

Kirby Electric is a premier Seattle electrical contractor specializing in commercial and industrial electrical contracting. We can help with any electrical needs when it comes to upgrading older buildings, including equipment hook ups, rewiring or relocating panels, and lighting upgrades. We also work with electrical companies like Puget Sound Energy, Tacoma Public Utilities, Lakeview Power and others that will provide a rebate for upgrading to a more efficient lighting upon approval of the project. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to request a quote.

02 Jul 2013

Energy-Efficient Lighting for Your Business

Choosing energy-efficient lighting for your business is an important but often daunting task. According to an article by the US Small Business Administration (SBA), “Depending on the type of business you operate, lighting accounts for 20% to 50% of electricity consumption” and usually offers the “highest return-on-investment of major upgrades”. Make sure you are doing all you can to light your business efficiently with these quick tips.

Tips for Improving Lighting Efficiency

  1. Upgrade Old Systems: You do not need to start from scratch in order to improve your business’ lighting efficiency. If your business has pre-existing lighting systems, there are many affordable upgrades you can make, like replacing incandescent lamps with fluorescent lamps. Consult your electrical contractor to discuss your options.
  2. Choose a Quality Commercial Electrical Contractor: Choosing a qualified commercial  electrician to install energy-efficient lighting is essential. Sloppy installation jobs and seemingly small mistakes could end up costing you valuable time and money later.
  3. New Construction Projects and Large Retrofits: The larger the project, the more time and effort you will often need to invest. It may be helpful to have a professional generate computer models of your lighting system to help ensure that the completed project will meet your business needs.

The formula for efficient lighting success is, “Technology + Effective Design = Performance and Energy Savings”. The latest proven technology coupled with an effective, efficient design will help your business maximize performance and energy savings.

About Kirby Electric

Kirby Electric Inc. is Seattle’s premier commercial and industrial electrical contractor. For over twenty years Kirby Electric has been helping companies go green and save money. Whether you’re looking for Seattle lighting retrofits or electrical services for your industrial or commercial building, Kirby Electric is here to help. Kirby Electric is a Puget Sound Energy Contractor Alliance Network Certified Specialist. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to request a quote .

29 May 2013

5 Facts About Electricians

kirby_cocacolaThe electrical profession is no walk in the park. Check out these 5 facts about electricians from a recent article:

1. Master Electricians Train Nearly as Long as Doctors

There is no room for error when it comes to electrical projects since the slightest mistake could have devastating or even life threatening consequences. This is why master electricians put just as much time and effort into their training and education as any other highly skilled professional.

2. Electricians Tend to Specialize

Like doctors, electricians tend to specialize in a specific area where they have the most knowledge.

  • Residential: electricians who deal with home issues.
  • Commercial: electricians who service commercial buildings.
  • Industrial: electricians who are familiar with and are specially trained to handle industrial electrical equipment.
  • Outside Lineman: Electricians who deal with outdoor electrical structures such as power lines, substations, and transformers.

3. Electricians Must Be in Good Shape

Electrical equipment can be extremely heavy or difficult to access. Sometimes electricians must work in cramped quarters, in areas that must be accessed by ladders or in other hard-to-reach areas.

4. Electricians Need to Have Good Thinking Skills

Electrical projects involve more than just simple wire rearrangement. To be successful, an electrician must have a solid mathematical background that enables them to read and analyze blue prints and other technical schematic material. Electricians must also constantly be aware of local and federal safety codes. Furthermore, as some electrical projects can be dangerous, electricians must have good organizational skills and the ability to recall crucial information under stressful circumstances.

5. Electricians are Going Green

Most people do not associate electricians with environmental conservation. However, master electricians are highly-trained, environmentally conscious professionals who are constantly searching for new ways to conserve energy using new technology and offering eco-friendly services like lighting retrofits.

Kirby Electric

Kirby Electric is a premier Seattle electrical contractor specializing in commercial and industrial electrical contracting. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to request a quote .

28 Mar 2013

Welcome to Kirby Electric

Welcome to Kirby Electric’s Website!   Our goal with this website is to introduce you to Kirby Electric and give you more information about our company, the services we provide and hopefully answer any questions you may have about Kirby Electric. From idea to execution, management to maintenance we can help you with any of your next Electrical projects.

Kirby Electric is a premier Electrical Contractor with over 20 years experience serving and working in the Greater Puget Sound area and Western Washington. Kirby Electric teamed with Kirby Fire/security offer our clients both complete Line Voltage and Low Voltage services. Kirby’s electrical contracting services include: design of the electrical distribution systems within a building or complex, procurement and installation of wiring and connection to power sources, end-use equipment and fixtures, as well as long-term contract maintenance.  Kirby Fire/Security provides Fire Alarm design and installation, 24 hour Monitoring service, Security, CCTV and Communication services in the commercial and industrial markets.

With 20+ Years of extensive experience Kirby Electric has worked on commercial and industrial projects which range from distribution and manufacturing facilities, office Buildings, retail spaces, Storage facilities, healthcare, fitness Centers and Churches. Working in concert with owners, General Contractors, Architects and engineers to collectively design and Build facilities to accommodate the many needs and dreams of our Clients. From our experienced, safety-conscious Field Crew, to our innovative and motivated Office Staff Kirby Electric can custom design and build a solution for any size project.

Kirby Electric’s Pledge is to provide our clients with a level of professionalism and respect that is second to none.   Kirby Electric has maintained a growing level of success over the last 20 years due to upholding  these core values by which the company was founded: honesty, professionalism, dependability, Hard work and determination.

Kirby Electric’s Goal is build long lasting relationships with our customers by exceeding their expectations and gaining their trust through exceptional performance by every member of the construction team.

Kirby Electric promotes a work environment that encourages new innovations and growth. To employ individuals who motivated and inspire the people around them to be better.

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Kirby Electric Inc.