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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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Education

Healthy & Environmentally Friendly Schools Means Better Learning Outcomes

The California Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CA-CHPS), has put forth building standards to address every aspect of a school, from indoor classrooms to outdoor landscaping, with very specific criteria for integration, indoor air quality, energy, water, site, materials, waste management and operational metrics. Part of the reason for the new criteria is the growing awareness …

Ben Stewart

December 27, 2016

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Education

Location-Specific Lighting Efficiency Strategies in Schools

Schools represent a target market for a slew of innovative lighting efficiency strategies. First off, the Department of Energy estimates about 30 percent of electricity consumed by a typical school is for lighting alone. Because of the coincidental heat generated by outdated lighting fixtures, even more electricity is used to run air conditioning units. Why …

Ben Stewart

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Education

SmartWatt Partners with California Conservation Corp to Create Jobs

For the past year, SmartWatt’s Placentia and Rocklin, California offices have worked jointly with the California Conservation Corp Energy Corps crews to make energy solutions more affordable for California’s K-12 schools and community colleges.  This year, they expanded the relationship and began an internship program, which has resulted in full-time jobs at SmartWatt. The California …

Ben Stewart

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Commercial & Industrial

Smart Manufacturing: Intelligent Efficiency in Industry

Smart manufacturing means different things to different people. It covers a complex territory and can be confusing to grasp, as it has many facets and connections with other technologies. The simplest definition, according to the ACEEE report, “The Energy Savings Potential of Smart Manufacturing,” written by Ethan Rogers is that it’s “the integration of all …

Ben Stewart

December 17, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

3 Strategies to Boost Manufacturing Efficiency

The United States has the dubious distinction of wasting the most energy among developed nations. EPA data shows industrial energy use is responsible for almost 20 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, which means manufacturing operations are a significant contributor. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the energy used by U.S. manufacturing plants …

Ben Stewart

December 12, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

5 Quick Payback Ways to Reduce Energy Use in Your Plant

The Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) database has compiled a very useful guide to help reduce energy use in industry. We’ve distilled the list to five strategies with the biggest impact—and the shortest payback. 1. Establish a Predictive Maintenance Program to Reduce Energy Use Predictive maintenance (PdM) is a technique that allows for a systematic method …

Ben Stewart

December 10, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

Ending Improper use of Compressed Air

There is a common misconception that compressed air is free and always safe. Because it is air people do not associate it with cost, and because it is not directly connected to a power source, they do not consider the potential dangers. Compressed air is readily available, simple to use, and is often used in …

Ben Stewart

December 6, 2016

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Government

LED Street Lights – How Your Small Municipality Can Afford Them

Many small municipalities across the country are facing a challenging dilemma – they have aged street lighting, and the high utility and maintenance costs that come with them, but no funding to upgrade to high-efficiency LED street lights. But what if the electricity and maintenance costs were guaranteed, with savings that exceed the monthly cost, …

Ben Stewart

December 4, 2016

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