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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

LED Fixture for Products Susceptible to Photooxidation

Despite a willingness to adopt optimizaed technologies, many food processing plants, dairies and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities have been hamstrung by the need for light sources that emit longer wavelengths. That’s because short wavelengths cause light-oxidized flavor defects. Photooxidation is a problem at wavelengths of light below 500nm. Certain foods, such as dairy products, beer and chocolate, …

Ben Stewart

November 28, 2016

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Small Business

Bringing Energy Efficiency to Offices

Office buildings represent approximately 17 percent of energy use in commercial buildings nationwide and consume more energy than any other building type. With almost 60 percent of existing office buildings built before 1980, many are in desperate need of upgrades to aging building equipment, appliances and systems. Even small offices can reap a big payoff …

Ben Stewart

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Commercial & Industrial

Superior Energy Performance: Benefits for Manufacturers

There are many degrees of going the extra mile. For some facilities it’s the Better Plants program, or ENERGY STAR® certification. But for facilities aiming for über-efficiency, there is Superior Energy Performance certification: a new business-based, internationally recognized energy management implementation and certification process. Here is a more detailed description of Superior Energy Performance, published …

Ben Stewart

November 27, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

Understanding Your Compressed Air System

Improving and maintaining a compressed air system at its peak performance requires analyzing the interaction of the demand and supply sides of the system and the individual components, known as a systems approach. Most compressed air systems use more energy than is needed to support the demand. A complete review of a system and careful …

Ben Stewart

November 24, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

Ask the Energy Optimization Experts: Lighting Efficiency

Question: How can I improve the lighting efficiency of my facility’s system? Answer from the Energy Optimization Experts: Lighting efficiency system issues, which include problems with outdated fixtures, uncontrolled fixtures and cleanliness can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas: Incandescent lamps are used …

Ben Stewart

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Education

Leveraging Prop 39 Funding for CA to Create Clean Energy Jobs

For the past year, SmartWatt’s Placentia and Rocklin, California offices have worked jointly with the California Conservation Corps (CCC) 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 leveraging the California Proposition 39-funded program to launch an internship program in …

Ben Stewart

November 20, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

Solar Investment Tax Credit to Burn up by 2017

The solar energy industry is on the rise, and helping to lead the way in cleaner, sustainable energy. The cost of producing and purchasing solar energy systems has dropped significantly over the past few years, in part due to tax credit and rebate programs such as the Solar Investment Tax Credit. It is one of the …

Ben Stewart

November 11, 2016

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Mechanical Systems

Ask the Expert: HVAC Heating

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility’s heating system? Answer: HVAC heating issues, which include problems with component maintenance and temperature control, can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas: Air inlets or outlets are dirty or obstructed Boiler …

Ben Stewart

November 8, 2016

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