Providing Audio/Video and Electrical Solutions To Kansas City For 25 Years. 


GREEN CONSTRUCTION


ARE YOU LOSING MONEY NOT GOING GREEN? 

We know that many business and home owners understand the importance of having a positive impact on the environment by "going green". But currently only 40% of home remodels are being constructed with green products. So, why are a majority of people not making the switch? Cost! Its no secret there are cost associated with making a home or building green, but did you know it could be costing you more not to go green. Take lighting for an example, in a home with 60 light fixtures running regular 60 watt bulbs, it will cost the homeowner $35.25 extra per month by not switching to 13 watt LEDs. That is equivalent to $1.18 per day and $423 per year. To help give business and homeowners a better understanding of how much energy they can save with automatons, we have put together a list of energy efficient products that are offered by Rockhill Group. 

WHAT COULD HAPPEN?
By installing just two dimmers in place of two standard light switches in every home in the US, the potential annual savings could be $1.5 billion in electricity and close to 25 billion pounds of CO2-the equivalent to taking more than 1 million cars off the road. 

TAX INCENTIVES WITH AUTOMATIONS
Its not to late too take advantage of the KCP&L Rebate Program which is available to the Kansas City metro area. The Rockhill Group offers several programs for our customers to educate them on possible incentive that are available. To help show how you can start receiving immediate energy savings, take advantage of a hassle free Energy Audit. Find out how you can integrate lights, occupancy sensors, and more into a whole home automation system. 

LED LIGHTS


LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and are the future for interior and exterior high efficiency lighting. The life span of an average LED is about 35-000-50,000 hours, compared to regular incandescent bulbs which last 750-2,000 hours, 8,000-10,000 hours for a compact fluorescent, and 20,000-30,000 hours for a linear fluorescent. LEDs have a increased durability because it doesn't require fragile filaments which can be easily broken like regular bulbs. Switching to LEDs will save you money by drastically reducing the amount of electricity required to light your home or building. New LED bulbs can be used in common house fixtures and require no maintenance for the life of the bulb. Any question about LEDs or other lighting options please Contact Us. 

POTENTIAL ENERGY SAVINGS (compared to regurlar bulbs): 80%
WIND & SOLAR POWER

Wind and Solar systems create clean energy from renewable resources without destroying the environment. When you switch to alterative energy sources, you are helping combat global climate change and reducing our collective dependence on fossil fuels. Today, thanks to improved technologies and government subsidies, it’s easier than ever to truly benefit from making the change to renewable energy sources. Utility rates have raised an average of 9% per year for the past 10 years. By using wind and solar energy, you are demonstrating your environmental awareness and responsibility, while you increase the value of your home or business.

 

POTENTIALS ENERGY SAVINGS: 40%

DIMMERS 


Dimmers are installed to help regulate how much electricity is being used by your lights. The best way to start saving electricity is by keeping your lights off but we know thats not always an options. Dimmers allow you to save money by having your light on, without running them on full power. For example, dimming incandescent or halogen bulbs by 25%, can save you 20% in electricity, and will add 3-6 years to the life of the bulbs. Every standard light switch that is changed to a dimmer switch, will save 4%-9% in electricity. With the use of dimmer switches you can see a total saving of up to 20% in energy cost. For any question about dimmers or other lighting control options please Contact Us.  

POTENTIAL ENERGY SAVINGS: 20%

TEMPERATURE CONTROLS


Temperature controls monitor room temperatures and will automatically regulate your heating or cooling setting to help save energy . This system is directly tied to the heating and cooling unit and provides the ability to control your home's temperature during the day from any location. In a typically home the heating and cooling accounts for 40% of the energy used. According to Energy Star, installing temperature controls can help reduce your energy usage by up to 16%. For any question about temperature or other controls please Contact Us. 

POTENTIAL ENERGY SAVINGS: 16%

Occupancy Sensors


Occupancy sensor have the ability to turn on or off lights automatically when a person leaves or enters a room. This mean you will never have to remember to turn the lights off when you leave a room. According the EPA, occupancy sensors can reduce energy usage by as much as 13%-50% in private offices, 30%--90% in restrooms, 22%-65% in conference rooms, and 30%-80% in corridors. For commercial buildings over 5,000 square feet, owners are now required by ASHRAE 90.1 to have automatic shutoff switches installed to help regulate light usage. For any question about Occupancy Sensors or other control options please Contact Us. 

POTENTIAL ENERGY SAVINGS (dependent on area type): 65%   

AUTOMATIONS


Automation is the system that pulls everything together. You will never have to deal with missing TV remotes, walking to the thermostat to change the temperature, lowering shades, or worrying about whether or not you left the lights on.  This system gives you the opportunity to take advantage of the newest technology in home automation while saving energy. Security is an added benefit of automations, with added features that allows you to monitor your home while away or alert you if there are any problems. For any question about automation or other control options please Contact Us. 

POTENTIAL ENERGY SAVINGS: 40%

SHADES


Controllable window shades reduces cooling cost in the summer and heating cost in the winter. Take advantage of the daylight and reduce your dependence on electricity, while increasing energy savings at the touch of a button. With different fabric options available, you have the ability to customize your shades to match any space. Controllable shades eliminates glares on TVs and computer, and will protect your rugs, furniture, and wood floors from harmful UV rays. For any question about shades or other shade controls please Contact Us. 

POTENTIAL ENERGY SAVINGS: 10%