TV and Internet Team Up in the Living Room
A battle for your eyeballs is taking place under your roof. The office PC is parading as a TV thanks to websites including Hulu, Joost, and YouTube which show everything from prime time TV shows to amateur videos of pet hamsters. Your TV, meantime, is doing pretty much what television has done for the past half century or so-showing news, weather, sports and entertainment on its schedule. If you want the latest forecast from the Weather Channel, you wait for Local on the 8s.
Guiltless Green Home Theater
For homeowners who love the movies, investing in a home theater room makes perfect sense. Of course a high quality theater comes with a price tag, but there's one aspect of the in-home theater room that many overlook, the cost of the energy needed to power it. More and more consumers are showing interest in the energy efficiency of the electronics they purchase, not just out of concern for the environment, but also concern for their bank accounts. The more electronics in the home, the higher the energy bill.
The Home Theater Specialists of America, HTSA, recognized the need to address the energy use of the systems they install. Feedback from HTSA clients around the country, along with the growing availability of products that increase efficiency of electronic systems, inspired the idea to design the first ever solar powered home theater, the Guiltless Green Home Theater. more
Aurant's Green Workplace and Approach
Being Green is not just about changing light bulbs and recycling paper. For integrators it requires a studied approach that explains how companies whose products added to a residences' carbon footprint, can now be a meaningful and legitimate provider of services to show people how to enjoy their lives using less. We feel this is an important point to address in developing our new offerings. Towards this end we developed an approach that is tiered and will allow our customers to begin a process of lifestyle change with specific tools and a strategy. We tailored our services as consultative and clearly indicative of how we can legitimately leverage our previous
expertise. We start with looking at how we can specifically change our "Control" objectives to minimize the carbon footprint and water consumption of a home. This requires significant consideration by the home owner. From there we look at how "Performance" objectives could change from the biggest and brightest to least consumptive. Last we review how our products are "Manufacture"(d) and only support those suppliers with meaningful efforts towards zero impact manufacturing.
Needless to say we use florescent lights, recycle and carpool crews but taking our Control/Performance/Manufacture approach in-house looked like this: At our facilities we established new Control Criteria that minimized our overall consumption to a minimum. As a result of our Control Review we reduced showroom hours and left many rooms dark until specifically requested. Making a contest over reducing our utilities also went a long way. We next considered what Performance compromises we were willing to sacrifice. This resulted in going to a staggered four day week and a plan to replace our fleet with hybrids. Last, regarding
Manufacture, we now make an environmental review of all our purchases with the same weighting we use to apply to pricing. We're especially sensitive to how transparent suppliers are about their green policies.
Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was once the king of the ring, immortalized in action figures and video games and known throughout the world. Twenty years later, the retired wrestler has been reduced to brawls in high school gymnasiums and community centers in New Jersey as a means of support. In director Darren Aronofsky's portrayal, Randy can't shake the call of the ring. When the prospect of a high-profile rematch with his longtime nemesis appears, Randy is forced to weigh his mortality against his desire to be a hero one more time. Starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood. On Blu-ray and DVD, 20th Century Fox 2008, 115 mins, rated R,
available April 21, 2009.
||The Curious Case of Benjamin Button|
Adapted from the 1920s short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" traces the life of a man born in his eighties who ages backwards. The story is set in New Orleans, where Benjamin (Brad Pitt) is born at the end of World War I and continues into the 21st century following Benjamin's life, loves and adventures along the way. Directed by David Fincher, the movie was nominated for 13 Oscars and came away with awards for visual effects, art direction and makeup. Starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Taraji P. Henson, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas, Julia Ormond. On Blu-ray and DVD, Paramount, 167 mins, rated R, available May 5, 2009.
• TV and Internet Team Up
• Guiltless Green Home Theater
• New Products
• Newly Released Movies
|Aurant Environmental Services |
- Energy Audit response plans
- Complete power-down A/V equipment (very popular)
- Zero power green theaters (HTSA) - Solar panel installation
- Optimized lighting control
- Reduced consumption HVAC programming
- Thermal optimized window coverings
- Intelligent irrigation programming
- Reduced consumption pool/spa programming
- Application of qualified "green" A/V components
- Low power TV replacement
-Geothermal power integration / power regeneration control
-Free electronics recycling (regardless if purchased from us)