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Roland's Electric's solar and LED upgrade lowers electricity bills

Deer Park, NY According to Stephen Cadieux, president of Roland's Electric, Inc., the contractor has presented hard data that shows how they slashed their own existing commercial building's energy usage and expense by more than 70% with an energy efficiency installation, combining solar and newly emerged LED lighting technology. The impressive results can be easily duplicated in any existing commercial building or applied to new construction.

Electricity consumption at Roland's headquarters is no different than you will find at other commercial office, retail, and industrial buildings. Lighting, computers, servers, monitors, printers, copiers, fax machines, appliances, equipment, exterior lighting, and air-conditioning are in constant high-use for most of the day. In nearly every situation, the depth of the savings realized by an energy efficiency upgrade can be significant - case in point: Roland's Electric's own monthly average electric bill dropped from $2,025 down to $523 per month, slashing their greenhouse gas emission in the process. Hospitals, municipalities, restaurants, schools, and manufacturers may benefit even more.

Averaging Roland's Electric historical monthly data reveals a solid 77.9% monthly reduction in kilowatt hours/KWH, a 73.6% monthly reduction in kilowatt demand/KD, and a 74.2% reduction in monthly electric expenses.

The decision to retrofit Roland's Electric corporate headquarters over the winter months was an easy one for the large electrical contractor. Given their expertise and knowledge in the field, LEED accreditation, and the newly emerged technological advances in LED lighting, the time was right to take advantage of the commercial rebates and tax incentives to offset a large portion of the cost while they are still available. Roland's Electric started their two-phase conversion after conducting a comprehensive energy audit, one of the many services which they provide. Each phase was completed in a few days.

Case study: Roland's Electric occupies a 1970's single-story flat roof 22,000 s/f brick building in an older industrial area - 18,000 s/f warehouse and 4,000 s/f office space with standard 2' and 4' fluorescent ballast lighting fixtures in the drop ceilings, typical of what you would find in any commercial building.

Phase 1 - Solar: Roland's Electric's design & build team planned 19.1KW rooftop installation consisting of 78 solar photovoltaic (PV) 245 watt modules on a southern exposure, with about a 1170 s/f footprint. (Note: you can go larger for a bigger offset but the rebates may not apply or be proportional - Roland's can guide and assist with rebates). Installation by their own electricians took one week to complete in December 2010 causing no disruption to their daily operation. Results were immediate, dropping the monthly bills more than 61% from an average of $2,025/month down to $757-$781/month.

Phase 2 - LED Lighting: After three years of solar success, Roland's Electric began the second half of the design & build team's plan, earlier this year. They replaced 54 standard 2x2' and 49 standard 2x4' fluorescent overhead fixtures in offices, conference rooms, hallways, and common areas with new high efficiency LED fixtures. (Note: the highest efficiency benefits require complete fixture replacement). Over a dozen occupancy sensors were installed in offices and a few low traffic areas to shut off lights when unoccupied, and the warehouse received 21 LED high bay fixtures.

New advances in LED lighting technology allowed the lighting conversion to boost the already considerable energy savings of the solar PV system. Roland's Electric has averaged an additional 37% reduction in KWH, 32% less KWD, and 32% lower electric expense.

The solar panels came through Hurricane Sandy completely intact and operational due to expert installation and the custom aluminum frame they constructed - at a precise 30° angle for maximum solar benefit for their location. Proper techniques for connections and mounting are critical to withstand the force of winds, trees, and flying debris, and should always be done by an experienced professional.

Roland's Electric is a full-service electrical contractor for a wide array of industrial, commercial, municipal, institutional, and residential customers located in Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. Established in 1953, Roland's Electric Inc. has grown from a modest 300 s/f storefront to one of Long Island's largest and most respected electrical contractors, employing approximately 50 to 100 electricians and 23 management/office personnel.

ROLAND'S ELECTRIC, INC. STRETCHES DONATION DOLLARS

Roland's Electric, Inc. was able to stretch its generous cash donations from the Roland Cadieux Memorial Golf Outing, its first time fundraising event to benefit Long Island Cares, Inc. In collaboration with Joseph Brown of King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc. they were able to purchase additional foods needed by receiving a discount on their food purchase.

Roland's Electric will make its food delivery at 2:00 pm on Monday, August 24 at the Long Island Cares office in Hauppauge. Approximately $17,500 worth of food will be unloaded off its trucks in addition to the 343 lbs. of food collected at the event which has already been delivered. The food provided will allow Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Food Bank to provide nutritionally balanced boxes to Long Island families who utilize Long Island Cares' network of food pantries.

Additional cash donations were also made payable directly to Long Island Cares from the event which was held on Tuesday, July 28 at Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club, bringing the total proceeds from the event to $20,000.

Long Island Cares, The Harry Chapin Food Bank is a leading anti-hunger organization and the only food bank on Long Island. The organization was founded in 1980 by the late singer/activist Harry Chapin in response to the immediate needs of hungry Long Islanders. It is continued today by his wife and partner Sandy Chapin, a dedicated Board of Directors and talented staff.

About Roland's Electric
Established in 1953 by Mr. Roland Cadieux, Roland's Electric has dedicated itself to the total support of its customers. A commitment to performance and providing innovative solutions to customers' needs, has made Roland's Electric a proven leader in electrical contracting on Long Island. Whether large scale turn-key projects, retrofit, rehab, or maintenance, Roland's Electric has maintained a qualitative edge over its competitors by constantly searching for new ways to better improve its performance. A one-step-ahead" approach utilizing the latest in technology has given our customers the service and cost savings necessary to be successful in today's market.

Q&A: Arthur Katz, President Knockout Pest Control

By Anne Pyburn Craig

What comes to mind when you think about pest control? Chances are it's toxic chemicals- poison baits and fog bombs.

The very thought is enough to make one decide that it's better to live with noxious pests…well. Ugh. Fortunately, this is a false choice. You can eliminate pests without destroying your immediate environment or endangering your health. MGB asked Knockout Pest Control President Arthur Katz for more information.

Based in Uniondale, Knockout serves commercial and residential customers throughout the metro New York area.

Knockout Pest Control has been around since the 1970s. Was "sustainable pest control" even imaginable back then? At what point did sustainability become a company value- and what led you there, in an industry that (no offense) most people mainly associate with toxic pesticides?

In the mid 1970's the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appointed agencies in every state to administer and police federal pesticide regulations. In New York State that agency is the Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC). The NYS DEC in turn added to the many federal regulations as it pertains to the care and application of pesticides, the registration of commercial pesticide applications companies and the certification of commercial applicators.

Every commercial pesticide applicator (also known as technicians or exterminators) has, since the 1970's, been required to take two or more written exams to become certified and then take many courses to maintain their certification. Today these exams cost $100 each to take as well as a fee ranging from $150 to $400 to maintain their certification. It is typical for a technician to pay $1000 for their certification renewal.

It became apparent that in order to attract and maintain a professional staff, great attention would need to be given to the training of our teams to ensure that we comply with federal and state requirements.

For companies such as Knockout, who wanted not only comply with regulations, but to exceed the requirements of the regulations, programs needed to put into place. Knockout developed a three month training program prior to a new technician actually providing service to clients. That program, combined with our ongoing monthly classroom and field training, has positioned Knockout as one of the finest pest management service providers. Knockout, throughout our corporate history (since 1975), has been a leader in identifying pest management strategies that employ non toxic products and products low in toxicity. I like to use this example: An adult might use two aspirin for a fever, a child one and an infant one-half. The point is that the dose makes the poison. Some of the products we use have frightening labels. We do not use those products in that concentration. We might use only one ounce and add a gallon of water, cutting the concentration 100 times.

Over the years these methods became known as Integrated Pest Management or IPM. Professional companies such as Knockout have been using these methods years before IPM became known. Today these same methods are known as "green" pest management.

What is the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System, and how does it work without poison?

The Sentricon termite colony elimination system is a product of Dow AgroSciences. Sentricon was first introduced in 1985, and Knockout was one of a small number of pest management companies chosen to become an authorized operator. The authorized operator program was and is the only time in pest control history that this model has been used. This means that not all companies can purchase and use this revolutionary system, and often I hear from companies that are not authorized that the system does not work. BULL! I can count on one hand the number of properties where we have not had total termite colony elimination. This stuff works great in the thousands of properties under our care.

Sentricon is not toxic to anything but termites. It uses a growth regulator that does not permit the termites to grow. It is specific to termites and will not harm other insects, plants, pets or people. You can learn more at our web site: www.knockoutpest.com or call us for a free DVD. (800-244-PEST)

Knockout claims that "Being green is easy and it's not any more expensive than traditional pest control methods." How is this possible?

Green is easy and cheap; well, Knockout's end is not more expensive anyway. In order to be pro active, it may cost the home or business owner more, but not for our services. For example: Fix your screens on windows and doors so flies and bees cannot come in, install weather stripping at the bottom of doors so mice cannot come in, cork around windows and doors so ants and other crawling insects cannot come in. I think you get the idea.

Are consumers responding well to your eco-friendly offerings?

Most people, when asked do they want "green" pest control when they do not have a problem, always say yes. However, when there is an emotional pest sighting such as a bee or termite swarm or a mouse in the house, they really don't care. I hear, "just do what you have to do to get rid of my bugs or pests."

Do you see any signs that sustainability is becoming valued throughout your industry?

Our companyy is taking a leadership role in sustainable pest management. During the past two years the National Pest Management Association created two programs: Quality Pro and Quality Pro Green.

First came Quality Pro. Knockout applied for this designation the first year it was offered. This program requires that participants meet requirements in four areas: business operations, consumer education, environmental stewardship and employee testing and training. Specifically, companies would employ criminal background checks on their employees, pre-employment drug screening, a uniform dress policy, and a guarantee that employees are technically tested and trained.

Then came Quality Pro Green. A company that is Quality Pro first can then apply for the Quality Pro Green designation. Now, because of Quality Pro Green, green pest management services are an accepted standard of performance that has third party validation and endorsement. Quality Pro took a strong leadership position in the green revolution and greatly influenced the destiny of the pest management industry. Green pest management is now a standard, a defined service protocol and a reality.

FIRST TIME FUNDRAISER PROVES A WINNER DESPITE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES

The Roland Cadieux Memorial Golf Outing fundraiser to benefit Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank was a huge success. It took place on Tuesday, July 28 at Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club. Despite tough economic times $20,000 in food donations and cash was raised from this first time fundraising event.

"We're very grateful to Roland's Electric, Inc. for their support of Long Island Cares which delivers food to the more than 540 community based pantries, soup kitchens, day care centers and other programs that rely on support from Long Island Cares to feed the over 260,000 children, adults and families on Long Island affected by hunger and malnutrition," said Paule T. Pachter, Executive Director of Long Island Cares, Inc.

Long Island Cares, The Harry Chapin Food Bank is a leading anti-hunger organization and the only food bank on Long Island. The organization was founded in 1980 by the late singer/activist Harry Chapin in response to the immediate needs of hungry Long Islanders. It is continued today by his wife and partner Sandy Chapin, a dedicated Board of Directors and talented staff.

Thank you Roland's Electric sponsors, donors, golfers, and volunteers. A big thanks to the Roland' Electric Golf Committee members Stephen and Geri Cadieux, Robert and Ann Mauchan, Lisa Kilthau, Robert and Donna Bielawski, Joseph and Laurin Clark, Linda Paino, Keri Hespeler, and Jennifer Connolly. Roland's Electric, Inc. donated not only time, but all the supplies and associated costs to help out.

Shown are from (L-R): Robert Bielawski, Vice President, Roland's Electric, Inc.; Joe Clark, Assistant Vice President, Roland's Electric, Inc.; Stephen Cadieux, President, Roland's Electric, Inc.; Robert Mauchan, Executive Vice President, Roland's Electric, Inc., Lisa Kilthau, Secretary-Treasurer, Controller, Roland's Electric, Inc., and Paule T. Pachter, Executive Director of Long Island Cares, Inc.

About Roland's Electric
Established in 1953 by Mr. Roland Cadieux, Roland's Electric has dedicated itself to the total support of its customers. A commitment to performance and providing innovative solutions to customers' needs, has made Roland's Electric a proven leader in electrical contracting on Long Island. Whether large scale turn-key projects, retrofit, rehab, or maintenance, Roland's Electric has maintained a qualitative edge over its competitors by constantly searching for new ways to better improve its performance. A one-step-ahead" approach utilizing the latest in technology has given our customers the service and cost savings necessary to be successful in today's market.

You can also visit Roland's Electric on their web site at www.rolandselectric.com.

Roland's Electric Names Keri Cadieux Energy Division Director

High-performance projects demand new levels of design, technology integration and industry expertise. Our LEED Certified staff member ensures that every green building is a success.

(Deer Park, NY) April 29, 2009 – Keri Cadieux, Electrical Estimator with Roland's Electric, has been named Energy Division Director. Keri is Roland Electric's first LEED Certified AP in New Construction and Major Renovations with the US Green Building Council and will help position Roland's Electric as an expert in this growing niche market.

"When it comes to designing buildings that are energy efficient, we've only scratched the surface. I want to continue working with our customers and the design and construction communities so together we can achieve even greater sustainability," Keri said.

Keri will also work closely with our staff to solidify our position as electrical contractor of choice for the delivery of sustainable, cost effective electrical solutions which will help our customers find ways to save or make money in the Long Island region.

The US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system was established to encourage designs that would minimize the local environmental impact of building on the ecosystem and make efficient use of the surrounding land, air, water and energy.

More information regarding LEED Accredited Professionals can be found at - www.gbci.org.

More information regarding the USGBC can be found at - www.usgbc.org.

About Roland's Electric
Established in 1953 by Mr. Roland Cadieux, Roland's Electric has dedicated itself to the total support of its customers. A commitment to performance and providing innovative solutions to customers' needs, has made Roland's Electric a proven leader in electrical contracting on Long Island. Whether large scale turn-key projects, retrofit, rehab, or maintenance, Roland's Electric has maintained a qualitative edge over its competitors by constantly searching for new ways to better improve its performance. A one-step-ahead" approach utilizing the latest in technology has given our customers the service and cost savings necessary to be successful in today's market

You can also visit Roland's Electric on their website at www.rolandselectric.com.

Roland's Electric Now Includes LEED Accredited Staff Member

High-performance projects demand new levels of design, technology integration and industry expertise. Our LEED Certified staff member ensures that every green building is a success. (Deer Park, NY) April 14, 2009 – Roland's Electric, Inc., one of Long Island's leading electrical contractors, is pleased to announce that they now have a LEED Accredited Professional on staff. Keri Cadieux, Electrical Estimator, has recently passed the LEED New Construction and Major Renovations Exam with the US Green Building Council. Roland's Electric looks forward in its continued efforts to promote and provide a sustainable built community and working with our clients that have the same sustainable views. Keri's industry expertise and certification will ensure that every green building project meets new levels of design, technology integration, and is a success.The US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system was established to encourage designs that would minimize the local environmental impact of building on the ecosystem and make efficient use of the surrounding land, air, water and energy. More information regarding LEED Accredited Professionals can be found at - www.gbci.org.

More information regarding the USGBC can be found at - www.usgbc.org.
About Roland's Electric
Established in 1953 by Mr. Roland Cadieux, Roland's Electric has dedicated itself to the total support of its customers. A commitment to performance and providing innovative solutions to customers' needs, has made Roland's Electric a proven leader in electrical contracting on Long Island. Whether large scale turn-key projects, retrofit, rehab, or maintenance, Roland's Electric has maintained a qualitative edge over its competitors by constantly searching for new ways to better improve its performance. A one-step-ahead" approach utilizing the latest in technology has given our customers the service and cost savings necessary to be successful in today's market.

You can also visit Roland's Electric on their website at www.rolandselectric.com.

KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL EARNS QUALITY PRO GREEN DESIGNATION

UNIONDALE, NY (March 1, 2009)—With consumer demand rising for eco-friendly pest control, one of the largest pest control companies in the region, Knockout Pest Control Inc., is responding with cutting edge "green" services.

The National Pest Management Association -- the first company in the New York Metropolitan area to earn the designation has been awarded to Knockout, which serves Long Island, all of New York City, Westchester and Rockland Counties. "Now, more than ever, consumers are seeking pest management methods that not only address their household and commercial pest problems but also, address their concerns regarding the protection of the environment," Arthur Katz, president of Knockout, said. "In proactively seeking – and receiving – our QualityPro Green designation, also to the fact that so many consumers are seeking out pest control services that they perceive as "green."

This Quality Pro Green designation not only reflects Knockout's exceptional pest management services but also its commitment to cultivating an environmentally responsible business.

"We recognize that our customers want to be confident that the services performed in their homes and businesses are environmentally sensitive. Knockout Pest Control can assure customers of this as our practices and our business philosophy reflect green thinking."

Traditional pest control companies do little more than spraying pesticides, Katz said. "We employ a comprehensive, environmentally friendly approach when treating a property."

All of Knockout's services are Quality Pro Green. These include but are not limited to controlling termites, carpenter ants, roaches, rodents, birds, and more. Knockout has been offering eco-friendly service since 1995, when it introduced the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System.

Knockout provides pest control services to the Garden City-based Albanese Organization, which owns the first LEED Certified building on Long Island.

"Being green is easy and it's not any more expensive than traditional pest control methods," Katz noted.

For more information regarding green initiatives within the pest management industry, visit www.npmaqualitypro.com Knockout Pest Control, Inc. has been the premier pest management company in the metropolitan New York area since 1975. The company provides effective, timely and professional pest management services to residential and commercial customers throughout Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester and Rockland counties, and in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx and Staten Island. For more information about Knockout call 1-800-244-PEST, e-mail akatz@knockoutpest.com or visit the company's Internet home page www.knockoutpest.com

Arthur M. Katz
Knockout Pest Control, Inc.
1009 Front Street
Uniondale, New York 11553
Phone: 516-489-7817
Fax: 516-489-4348
e-mail: akatz@knockoutpest.com
web: www.knockoutpest.com
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