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What’s So Special About Special Districts?

Whether they’re heralded as shining examples of democracy or disparaged as autonomous “ghost governments,” special districts are generally misunderstood by the public.  If you’re unclear about what they are, what they do, and why they’re “special,” you’re in good company. Why They’re Special Special districts are, essentially, local-level government agencies, separate from cities or counties. …

Apr 12, 2019

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Mechanical Systems

Domestic Hot Water: Q&A With Our Energy Optimization Experts

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility’s domestic hot water system? Answer: Domestic hot water system issues, which include problems with leaks and temperature control, can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas: Hot water temperature is excessive System …

Ben Stewart

October 22, 2015

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Bundled Energy Projects

Retrofit Building Envelope: What to Consider When Improving Efficiency

Question: Retrofit building envelope – What should I consider when looking to improve the energy efficiency of my facility? Answer: Building envelope issues, which include problems with the physical separators (e.g., windows, doors, walls, etc.) between the conditioned (e.g., heated and/or cooled) and unconditioned environment of a building, can take several forms. An energy audit will typically …

Ben Stewart

October 15, 2015

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Small Business

Can Energy Efficiency Kits Help Promote Your Programs?

DIY energy efficiency kits, a marketing tool sometimes used to promote utility-based incentive programs, are distributed to customers, often free of charge, to entice them to make simple changes that will help save energy. Typically kits include items like compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED light bulbs, LED nightlights, light switch and power outlet gaskets, hot …

Ben Stewart

October 13, 2015

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Solar PV

LADWP Solar Incentive Program

LADWP Solar Incentive Program: The LADWP Solar Incentive Program began in 2000, with a funding level of $150 million. The program has 10 phases with declining incentive levels as certain installed MW targets are met. There are separate goals for residential and non-residential participants, and the incentive levels for each will decline irrespective of the other. …

Ben Stewart

October 10, 2015

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Bundled Energy Projects

Ask the Optimization Expert: HVAC Ventilation

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility’s HVAC ventilation? Answer: HVAC ventilation issues, which include problems with air flow and temperature control, can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas: Air flow to space feels unusually low or is …

Ben Stewart

October 1, 2015

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Energy Systems Optimization

SmartWatt in the News: Fastest Growing Companies List

Inc. magazine ranked SmartWatt No. 4172 on its 34th annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names …

Ben Stewart

September 29, 2015

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Bundled Energy Projects

HVAC Cooling: Q&A With Our Energy Optimization Experts

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility’s air conditioning system? Answer: HVAC cooling system 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: Multiple air conditioning compressors start simultaneously Chiller …

Ben Stewart

September 24, 2015

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Bundled Energy Projects

Proposition 39 Retrofit: Orange Coast College Receives Excellence Award

Today the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges announced their Energy and Sustainability awards, which represent the best of California’s Proposition 39 energy systems optimization projects. SmartWatt’s interior lighting and advanced lighting control project at Orange Coast College was the highest scoring Proposition 39 retrofit project this year.

Ben Stewart

September 21, 2015

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