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What’s So Special About Special Districts?

Whether they’re heralded as shining examples of democracy or disparaged as autonomous “ghost governments,” special districts are generally misunderstood by the public.  If you’re unclear about what they are, what they do, and why they’re “special,” you’re in good company. Why They’re Special Special districts are, essentially, local-level government agencies, separate from cities or counties. …

Apr 12, 2019

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Government

Optimizing Public Infrastructure with Guaranteed Energy Savings

Many government organizations are using suboptimal energy systems that haven’t been modernized to keep up with the highest efficiency standards. In fact, the federal government is the largest energy consumer in the country. State and local government entities housed in historic buildings constructed decades, even centuries ago, prove to be similarly energy inefficient. But last …

Ben Stewart

January 24, 2017

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Education

Coast College District and SmartWatt: Lessons in Building Automation Systems

Whether operating a single red brick school building or a sprawling university campus, education institutions consume a significant amount of energy. Due to a lack of financing, bureaucratic red tape, or a combination of the two, schools are slow to modernize resulting in outdated, inefficient energy and building automation systems that waste money and impede …

Ben Stewart

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Prop 39

Best Ways for California Schools to Retrofit Lighting

Identifying long-term strategies and the right technology to achieve maximum energy savings from lighting upgrades is no easy task. Especially for CA K-12 schools and community colleges struggling with energy expenses that rival the cost of books and supplies, and those schools hoping to maximize Proposition 39 funds, discerning selection is hugely important. To serve …

Ben Stewart

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Performance Contracting

Energy Performance Contract – Energy Optimization with No Out-of-Pocket Costs

Energy Performance Contract Means Guaranteed Cost Savings With a SmartWatt Energy Performance Contract, clients can update facilities and reduce energy costs without the need for capital expenditures or political red tape. An energy performance contract pays for itself through energy savings guaranteed by SmartWatt – and we make it easy and no risk with our unique …

Ben Stewart

January 16, 2017

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Solar PV

Advantages of Solar Energy – SmartWatt’s Top 7 Benefits

Solar energy is widely accepted as an excellent source of energy, but it more than that. Solar energy offers a range of benefits—multidimensional, undeniable, and paradigm-shifting. Listed below are a few things that we feel make the list of being an advantage of solar energy. Financial Savings The first advantage of solar energy is financial …

Ben Stewart

January 15, 2017

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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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