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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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Building Automation Systems

Wake Up! Human-centric Lighting Boosts Hospital Performance and Patient Recovery

Impaired sleep has long been a consequence of time spent in hospitals – affecting patients and caregivers alike.  Patients struggle with physical discomfort, noise, interruptions and inappropriate light exposure.  Caregivers suffer the consequences of long hours, shift work and, yes, inappropriate light exposure. Enabling the performance of visual tasks, controlling the body’s circadian system, affecting …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

September 4, 2018

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Building Automation Systems

Ask the Expert: How Can We Help Hospitals Upgrade Energy Systems Without Breaking the Bank?

Vincent Marfe, the Operations Manager of our West Business Unit has over 30 years’ experience helping hospitals increase energy efficiency, reduce energy spending and improve indoor environments for staff, patients and visitors.  We sat down with him to discuss some of the challenges hospitals face – as well as some of the solutions that are …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

August 27, 2018

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Commercial & Industrial

Color me more productive. Or, the bonus benefits of lighting upgrades

Research conducted by the American Society of Interior Design found that 68% of workers/employees complain about the lighting in their building. Having the right lighting is becoming more of an issue for employers. Companies across the U.S. are discovering that, in addition to energy savings, employee productivity increases when lighting is optimized to task and …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

August 9, 2018

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Building Automation Systems

A Prescription for Ailing Buildings

One of the responses to the energy crisis of the 1970s, was to reduce heating and cooling requirements by sealing up our buildings. An unfortunate consequence of that remains today: chronically under-ventilated and unhealthy indoor environments – what we now refer to as “sick buildings.” Numerous research studies confirm that indoor environments directly impact employee …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

July 25, 2018

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Building Automation Systems

Is It Time to Embrace the Internet of Things?

While Peter Lewis coined the term “Internet of Things” to explain his concept regarding the integration of people, processes and devises way back in 1985, it’s only been in the last few years that the Internet of Things (IoT) has become the superstar of tech culture.  For example, in 2015 there were 4.9 billion connected …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

May 29, 2018

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Commercial & Industrial

Lighting-as-a-Service: A Bright Idea!

Both public and private sector organizations are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of LED lighting — the most notable being: Increased energy efficiency/reduced energy costs: With 80% – 90% energy efficiency, LEDs use significantly less power than traditional fixtures. (Fluorescent bulbs are at approximately 40% efficiency, and incandescent bulbs only 10%) Longer life/reduced maintenance: LEDs last …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

April 30, 2018

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Commercial & Industrial

Can Your Business Benefit from Efficiency as a Service?

Thirty percent.  According to recent Energy Star research, that’s the amount of energy the average commercial building wastes year-after-year.  If you’re already monitoring your energy use, we’re not telling you anything new. And if you haven’t optimized your energy systems, chances are you are paying too much for energy. Efficiency as a Service may well …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

April 24, 2018

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Energy Systems Optimization

Does outdoor lighting deter crime? Flipping the switch to lower crime

Modern day workplaces are considered home away from home for most employees. And just like at their real home, employees want to feel safe at work – not just when doing their job, but also entering and leaving the property. Bright lights could be the difference between crime and safety. “Criminals don’t want to get …

Ben Stewart

July 21, 2017

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