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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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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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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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