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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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Building Automation Systems

Building Automation Systems-A Centralized Solution for Energy Systems Optimization

What are building automation systems? Building automation systems are a computer-based control system installed in buildings that controls and monitors the building’s mechanical and electrical equipment, such as ventilation, lighting, power systems, fire systems and security systems. The system consists of software and hardware. The software program, usually configured in a hierarchical manner, can be proprietary, but uses internet protocols and open standards …

Ben Stewart

October 10, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

Food Processing Giant Saves with Integrated Energy Efficiency Project

Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. manufactures and markets snack foods throughout the United States and internationally. The company has 9 production facilities throughout North America that produce pretzels, sandwich crackers, pretzel crackers, potato chips, cookies, tortilla chips, restaurant style crackers, nuts and other snacks. Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. is committed to sustainability and has taken many actions towards conserving energy and …

Ben Stewart

October 5, 2016

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Utility

Utility Trends: 10 Things to Watch For as Utilities Evolve

The outlook for our energy future is that demand will continue to grow, while traditional supplies become more scarce. According to the 2014 Global Utility Evolution Benchmarking Study on utility trends, the worldwide demand for electricity will increase by more than two-thirds and gas by almost half between 2011 and 2035. The writing is on …

Ben Stewart

October 2, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

4 Smartest Warehouse Lighting Strategies

Warehouses represent about 16 percent of commercial building space nationwide, and therefore represent a significant source of potential savings. As of 2011, according to a report published by the Illinois smart energy design center, lighting accounted for 41 percent of the total energy costs for warehouses. Integrating daylighting and choosing efficient lamps, fixtures and controls …

Ben Stewart

September 28, 2016

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Small Business

Best Ways for Small Businesses to Optimize Energy Systems

One of the hardest parts of embarking the road to optimize energy systems is deciding where to begin. Do you approach it as a bundled energy project or through triage, addressing the neediest equipment first? Many factors, including age of your equipment, the type of your business, your local utility rates and your access to capital, …

Ben Stewart

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LED Street Lights – Solutions for Municipalities

All across America, there’s a growing movement to bring LEDs to the streets.  At SmartWatt, we’ve seen the light for years.  Optimized LED street lights are a savvy improvement on outdated HID technology – and it comes with a huge return on investment. LEDs come of age Environmentally friendly, low-maintenance and economically enticing, solid state fixtures …

Ben Stewart

September 10, 2016

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Small Business

Refrigeration Efficiency Upgrades for Grocery and Convenience Stores

Grocery and convenience stores have many of the same energy needs as other business sectors, but one key need that sets them apart is refrigeration. Improving the refrigeration efficiency of a store’s system, which uses almost 40 percent of total energy, is the No. 1 target for energy savings, with lighting following a close second. …

Ben Stewart

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Small Business

Create an Energy Efficiency Optimized Auto Dealership

When it comes to energy-intensive industries, automobile dealerships are certainly in the forefront. It’s somewhat ironic that as the industry’s focus shifts toward fuel efficiency for vehicles, little has been done to decrease the carbon footprint of the facilities that sell them. But that’s beginning to change as car dealers realize how much energy—and money—they …

Ben Stewart

July 28, 2016

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