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Food Producers Gain a Competitive Advantage with Efficiency-as-a-Service

Food producers have (dare we say it) a lot on their plate these days.  They’re having to deal with everything from economic and competitive pressures and availability of resources, to an aging workforce, and ever-rising operating costs. To stay competitive, food producers must stay on top of rapidly-changing consumer attitudes and market trends, technological advances, …

Lee Goddard

Dec 04, 2018

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Commercial & Industrial

Using Demand Side Management to Reduce Energy Costs

Utilities are eager to reduce energy usage to meet savings targets and level out demand, and as a result are eager to win over industry—a situation industry can take advantage of by asking for free energy audits and bill-tracking software. Both methods give you a clearer picture of how energy is being used, which is …

Ben Stewart

January 11, 2017

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Commercial & Industrial

ASHRAE Audit Level 1 2 and 3: What’s the Difference?

An energy audit or energy analysis is the first step to making your commercial facility more energy efficient. ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) defines best practices for energy survey and analysis for those providing energy services. ASHRAE Audit Level 1 2 3 have standards, which vary in depth. Preliminary Energy Use Analysis: This …

Ben Stewart

January 10, 2017

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Commercial & Industrial

Implementing Energy Efficient Facility Management

An array of proven energy management best practices can improve energy optimization in facilities, but implementing them in an ad hoc fashion—without a big-picture plan—can lead to disappointing results. When you can be thorough, strategic and integrative in the efficiency challenge, you can start to realize dramatic benefits and payback. About four years ago, the Department …

Ben Stewart

January 7, 2017

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Commercial & Industrial

Operational Savings: Strategies for Food and Beverage Manufacturing

Food and beverage manufacturing, like all manufacturing plants, need to prioritize operational savings. Due diligence goes something like this: estimate projected energy use for the project, identify areas for energy reduction, and implement the best return on investment energy systems optimization measures. This three-tiered approach ensures substantial operational savings while maintaining the quantity and quality of the …

Ben Stewart

January 3, 2017

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Commercial & Industrial

When Does Combined Heat and Power Make Sense?

Combined heat and power, also known as cogeneration, is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source, such as natural gas, biomass, biogas, coal, waste heat or oil. It is not defined by a single energy source—it’s an integrated energy system that can be modified depending upon the needs of the …

Ben Stewart

December 30, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

The Benefits of Energy Efficiency – Financial, Energy and Employee

When looking at the multiple benefits of energy efficiency, it makes sense to divide the advantages into two realms—the financial/energy and the employee benefits. The employee benefits of energy efficiency, are discussed here. The employee benefits of energy efficiency include productivity improvements and employee health. Ways and means to quantify these values are still being refined, but even the rough …

Ben Stewart

December 29, 2016

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Building Automation Systems

Strategies to Reduce HVAC Use in Warehouses

Warehouses represent a vast underestimated opportunity for improved operations, lower operational costs, reduced climate impact and a more sustainable building stock through energy management. Overall, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) accounts for roughly 30 percent of total energy cost in a warehouse. Warehouses are often only partially heated to prevent freezing, and they are …

Ben Stewart

December 28, 2016

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Building Automation Systems

Ask the Optimization Expert: BAS Controls

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my building automation systems or BAS controls? Answer: BAS controls issues, which include problems with thermostats and temperature control, can take several forms. A building energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas: Thermostats on heating/cooling units are vulnerable to occupant adjustment …

Ben Stewart

December 27, 2016

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