November is Warming Up

November is Turning Up The Heat

The cold November chill that captured much of North America was apparently not the big chill the planet needed to reverse the trend of global warming.  In a press release from Cape Canaveral, FL on Tuesday government scientist reported that November was the warmest on record dating back to 1880 when record keeping began.  Average temperature measurement data that combines both water and land temperature readings showed the month of November was 1.4 degrees above the 20th century average. The trend of increasing temperatures in November has been ongoing for the past 37 years and is symptomatic of the general trend of increasing temperatures over the past 29 years.

Is energy conservation and efficiency the lynch-pin to stabilizing or even reversing this trend? What role will LED technology play in obtaining energy management goals?

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Good-bye Incandescent Light Bulb

Incandescent Light Bulb

Audios Incandescent Light Bulb

When the ball drops in Times Square and countless other venues across the U.S. on New Year’s Eve not only does the landing of the orbs represent the end of 2013 but also the end of the incandescent light bulb? At least bulbs that use 40 watts or more of power. This phase out is the result of implementing the third leg of Congressional legislation, passed in 2007, aimed at transitioning the incandescent light bulb of Edison to more efficient new lighting technologies. The purpose of the law is to drive consumers to purchase lighting products such as fluorescent bulbs and as prices continue to drop to LED lights where energy saving of 75% and higher result from the changeover. In addition, huge savings from maintenance service reductions at commercial properties are also realized. How many more drops of New Year’s Eve globes will there be before fluorescent lamps go the way of incandescent light bulbs and the only lighting device future generations know is LED? Fortunately, many of the New Year’s Eve globes have already been converted to LEDs so no need to worry about “seeing” the start of 2014.

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Car Winter Safety Recommendations from the National Safety Counsel

Winter Driving Safety Kit

Car Winter Safety Recommendations from the National Safety Counsel

Driving in the winter means snow, sleet and ice that can lead to slower traffic, hazardous road conditions, hot tempers and unforeseen dangers. To help you make it safely through winter, here are some suggestions from the National Safety Council to make sure that you and your vehicle are prepared.

Weather
At any temperature — 20° Fahrenheit below zero or 90° Fahrenheit above — weather affects road and driving conditions and can pose serious problems. It is important to monitor forecasts on the Web, radio, TV, Weather Channel, or in the daily papers.

Your Car
Prepare your car for winter. Start with a checkup that includes:
• Checking the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts.
• Changing and adjusting the car spark plugs.
• Checking the air, fuel and emission filters, and the PCV valve.
• Inspecting the distributor.
• Checking the battery.
• Checking the tires for air, sidewall wear and tread depth.
• Checking antifreeze levels and the freeze line.
Your car should have a tune-up (check the owner’s manual for the recommended interval) to ensure better gas mileage, quicker starts and faster response on pick-up and passing power.

Necessary Equipment
An emergency situation on the road can arise at any time and you must be prepared. In addition to making sure you have the tune-up, a full tank of gas, and fresh anti-freeze, you should carry the following items in your car trunk:
• Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod-type jack
• Shovel
• Jumper cables
• Tow and tire chains
• Bag of salt or cat litter
• Tool kit

Essential Supplies
Be prepared with a “survival kit” that should always remain in the car. Replenish after use. Essential supplies include:
Working flashlight and extra batteries
• Reflective triangles and brightly-colored cloth
• Compass
• First aid kit
• Exterior windshield cleaner
• Ice scraper and snow brush
• Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container
• Scissors and string/cord
• Non-perishable, high-energy foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits, and hard candy.

In addition, if you are driving long distances under cold, snowy, and icy conditions, you should also carry supplies to keep you warm such as heavy woolen mittens, socks, a cap and blankets.
If You Become Stranded…
• Do not leave your car unless you know exactly where you are, how far it is to possible help, and are certain you will improve your situation.
• To attract attention, light two flares and place one at each end of the car a safe distance away. Hang a brightly colored cloth from your antenna.
• If you are sure the car’s exhaust pipe is not blocked, run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes every hour or so depending upon the amount of gas in the tank.
• To protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia use the woolen items and blankets to keep warm.
• Keep at least one window open slightly. Heavy snow and ice can seal a car shut.
• Eat a hard candy to keep your mouth moist.
Reprinted with permission from the National Safety Council

No Pet Left Behind

Pets are Family Too

Emergency Kit for Your Pet

A tragic lesson learned from Hurricane Katrina is the number of human fatalities attributed to pet owners staying home to protect their beloved family members of the furry kind. Fortunately emergency response officials learned this lesson well and during the recent Colorado floods rescue workers understood the importance of rescuing both human and non-human creatures alike deploying significant resources including air and boat rescue to accomplish that goal.

The Colorado rescue project was dubbed No Pet Left Behind and its implementation was a tremendous success. Once rescued hundreds of volunteers opened their homes and property to provide a helping hand to evacuated homeowners by offering shelter and food to humans and pets alike.

Our pets welcome us home or ride shot gun in the car or truck as we run our errands about town. They are our best buds on many occasions and their loyalty is unmatched; especially dogs, my personal bias. Making sure our dogs and cats, not discounting the assortment of other critters we welcome into our lives, are safe during difficult times involves spending a few minutes to assemble emergency supplies that can be used to provide pet first aid.

The Humane Society publishes a list of basic supplies and other useful items that may very well be a life saver for your family member. In many cases your emergency supplies serve double duty and are suitable for both human and pet alike. When putting together your own personal safety kit take a few minutes to look at the list published on the Humane Society web site and think about augmenting your kit to include supplies suitable for pet emergency response. You never know if the pet you help may be that of a stranger who will be eternally grateful that you were able to help rescue or save a family member.

Emergency Preparedness

emergency preparedness
Colorado flooding 2013

Emergency Preparedness

There is no time like the present to address emergency preparedness preparations. Earlier this year it was devastating fires that scorched millions of acres across the western states. This past week rains of biblical proportions flooded Colorado and New Mexico. The threat of more rain looms as favorable conditions in the Gulf of Mexico support the formation of a tropical storm or maybe even the first hurricane of 2013 to impact the continental U.S.

The severity of natural disasters continues to increase. Is it global warming or merely deviations in what is typically referred to as the natural cycle, aka seasonal averages? With the change of season come shorter days and the inevitable transition to cooler then down right colder temperatures. We know this is the order of things so why not make sure we are prepared for what is coming down the road.

The best emergency preparedness for difficult conditions is planning for “what ifs” including power outages, disabled vehicle, getting stranded when severe weather makes travel unsafe to move on. The Ready.gov web site is one of numerous resources that provide details of what an emergency kit should contain. No matter what checklist you refer to each and every one includes the importance of a reliable flashlight.

EcoCentricNow LLC via our appliedinnotech.com web site offers a variety of flashlights that are ideal for every kit including kits for the home, work or vehicle. Our rechargeable capacitor and battery lights provide illumination without the concern of running out of batteries. Our crank flashlights, Vortex and LightStorm SL1, provide bright illumination and can also be used to charge cell phones. In this day of staying in touch, it’s comforting to know that your cell phone will be available even when the power grid is down.

September is Emergency Preparedness Month but the fact is every month is emergency preparedness month. Take the time to make sure you’re ready for what Mother Nature may throw your way.

NEED Projects Selects ECN as Battery Supplier

NEED Selects ECN as Battery Supplier

National Energy Educational Development (NEED) elects to purchase batteries from EcocentricNow LLC parent company of AIT. This purchase is an expansion of NEED to include both renewable energy shake flashlights and an assortment of batteries to their educational kits.

Contact Us to learn more about how EcocentricNow LLC (ECN) can help your company or organization purchase batteries in bulk.

The mission of the NEED Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs. NEED works with energy companies, agencies and organizations to bring balanced energy programs to the nation’s schools with a focus on strong teacher professional development, timely and balanced curriculum materials, signature program capabilities and turn-key program management.

NASA Wallops Island, VA Rocket Launch

LADEE satellite launch from Wallops Island, VA

NASA Rocket Launch of LADEE Satellite from Wallops Island, VA – A Sight to See

Weather conditions were perfect on the night of September 6, 2013 to watch the launch of the Minotaur V rocket from NASA’s space flight operations located in Wallops Island, VA. Our viewing point was South Bethany Beach, DE approximately 40 miles from Wallops Island. Not a cloud in the sky when the bright glow to our southwest illuminated the horizon in a ball of yellow colored light. Within seconds the long flame from the rocket engines could be seen rising into the night sky as the vehicles trajectory took it directly over our perch in the sand at the ocean’s edge. Stage separation, a total of five but we could clearly observe three, was beautiful to watch as the spacecraft flew by. The rocket was visible for approximately 2 minutes before the pin point of remaining light faded into the eastern sky.

According to news reports the rocket could be seen along the eastern seaboard as far south as South Carolina and points north beyond Boston, MA. As close as we were to NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility our viewing location was nothing short of fantastic.

The Minotaur V rocket is carrying the LADEE satellite, which stands for Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer. After launch the rocket will orbit the earth before continuing its journey to the moon to explore dust particulate in the thin lunar atmosphere. The abundance of dust on the lunar surface has been a mystery since the Apollo missions transported men to the moon starting in 1969.

The Minotaur V rocket has a long history in the U.S. arsenal. Its ancestry dates back to when it was referred to as the Peacekeeper missile. This is the first time a rocket launched from NASA’s Wallops Island, VA facility will leave earth’s orbit. Without question watching future night time launches is a must see event.

ASD Trade Show and Light Finder Luminescent Wall Mount

Light Finder Luminescent Wall Mount

ASD Trade Show and Light Finder Glow in the Dark Wall Mount

Presenting Light Finder glow in the dark wall mount at the ASD Trade Show this September 8th and 9th, 2013. Always find your flashlight with the Light Finder luminescent wall mount. Light Finder flexible wings are designed to hold a large assortment of flashlight sizes and the radiant additive glows for up to 8 hours without batteries or use of an electrical outlet. Exposure to room light is all Light Finder needs to activate the phosphorus additive. Accessorized with anchor screws the wall mount is easily installed in locations where handy access to your flashlight is needed. An added advantage to Light Finder is instant room orientation when the lights are out. It’s like having a night light with zero maintenance.

If you’re at the ASD trade show visit the booth for Wing Sales, Inc.

The Preparedness Shop Selects Vortex Flashlights

Vortex Crank Flashlight

Preparedness Shop Selects Vortex Crank Flashlights

September is Emergency Preparedness month and what better way to make sure you’re prepared for what the fall and winter months may bring is to make sure you have reliable lighting. The Vortex Crank flashlight is a spotlight, floodlight, emergency signal, and phone charger. It’s also waterproof to 33 feet. Vortex is a robust flashlight designed to withstand years of use. This is not a cheesy crank flashlight the goes whir and produces a marginal amount of light. Vortex spotlight with illuminate objects over 100 feet away or flood an area over 30 away with bright white light.

ECN is proud to supply our customers including The Preparedness Shop with our quality flashlights.  Check out their great selection of other  gear to get you through and emergency or enjoy a camping adventure.

Labor Day Sale Specials

Save $$$ on Sale of Select Flashlights

Enjoy discounts on NightStar JP No Battery Flashlight, Vortex Crank Flashlight and the 6 in 1 Vehicle Flashlight. Our renewable energy flashlights, NightStar JP and Vortex, light the way in every imaginable condition. With zero maintenance our flashlights will always work and provide peace of mind.

As the days grow shorter it’s time to make sure your vehicle flashlight is ready to go. Check out the 6 in 1 Vehicle Flashlight. This handy little flashlight also operates as a lantern, emergency beacon, seat belt cutter, window breaker and is equipped with a magnetic base to allow hands free operation.