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Lessons Learned: Energy Management Solutions for U.S. Colleges & Universities

Since budget shortfalls are the ‘new normal,’ these days, both public and private colleges in the U.S. are having to do more with less. The challenge, of course, is to manage tight budgets without impacting student programs or demoralizing staff. Reducing utility costs through more efficient energy management is an obvious solution—enabling colleges to cut …

Nov 01, 2019

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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

January 24, 2017

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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 is the first step to making your commercial facility more energy efficient. It identifies how, when and where energy is being used in a building.  It also identifies areas where energy efficiency upgrades will produce energy savings. ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) defines best practices for energy audits …

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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