Latest Post

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

Read More

All Posts

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More