Debbie McClung

Freelance Writer

Debbie McClung, owner of Woodland Communications, is a construction writer from Iowa.

Articles by Debbie McClung

September 2012
Lighting continues to be a huge chunk of a building’s annual energy costs—between 20 and 40 percent. While the need for light will never go away, analyzing its costs through energy modeling can help secure the installation of more efficient technologies. READ MORE
June 2012
Thus far, the structure and integrity of the grid have limited the deployment and effectiveness of intermittent alternative energies, such as solar photovoltaics (PV). The sun may not always shine enough to meet demand. Conversely, solar power may generate more than enough to meet current demand, but then the issue becomes adequately storing surplus energy for a rainy day. READ MORE
April 2012
Outdoor Commercial lighting has changed significantly since electricity began to power it in the early 1900s. However, the advent and emergence of light-emitting diode (LED) technology with its efficiency and potential for new construction and retrofit projects would have astounded even Edison. READ MORE
March 2012
For most of us, winter draws to a close around March. But impressions of cold and icy conditions still may be fresh in the minds of home- and business owners. They may be ready for warmth under foot and snow-free pavement. READ MORE
March 2012
“When one door closes, another opens,” Alexander Graham Bell said. Sometimes, however, we look so long and regretfully upon the closed door that we may miss the ones that are opening. READ MORE
February 2012
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have been appearing in traffic signals and vehicle headlights for years and are poised to affect another source of light we use to navigate our cities and towns. Municipal street lighting retrofitted with LEDs has enhanced several communities’ nighttime environments, while significantly reducing energy consumption and maintenance costs. READ MORE
December 2011
Two years ago, Verizon Communications’ 30,000 facilities worldwide consumed more than 9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. Energy costs to operate and cool Verizon’s communications equipment accounted for a significant portion of its total corporate energy bill. READ MORE
December 2011
Employing daylight to reduce electricity can be an attractive energy opportunity for building owners and operators, with lighting accounting for nearly 40 percent of all energy consumed in modern buildings. READ MORE
October 2011
The evolution of the virtual chalkboard has accelerated as demand has increased for the convenient, learn-at-your-own-pace access to continuing education units, new technologies and methods, industry-specific degrees, and more. Online curricula are expanding with developments in all sectors of the electrical industry. READ MORE