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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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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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Utility

Bridon American Corporation Receives UGI Energy Efficiency Incentive

SmartWatt recently completed a major sustainability project for wire rope manufacturer Bridon American at their Hanover, PA facility.  UGI presented a $100,000 rebate check to Bridon American during an event at the Bridon facility earlier today. Bridon American qualified for the rebate through the UGI Energy Efficiency Incentive Program. Read the full article in the Philadelphia …

Ben Stewart

July 10, 2015

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Mechanical Systems

The Problem with a Compressor Leak

The U.S Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy stated a typical plant that has not been maintained will likely have a compressor leak rate of 20% of the total compressed air production capacity, and proactive leak detection and repair can reduce leaks to 10% of compressor output. Leaks not only cause energy loss, they …

Ben Stewart

June 10, 2015

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Energy Systems Optimization

7 Step Energy Management Action Plan

More and more organizations are discovering that to be energy efficient, they need a comprehensive energy management program. That’s easier said that done, however, as it can be overwhelming to start from scratch or to try to codify ad hoc strategies already in place. Using ENERGY STAR®’s Guidelines for Energy Management as a template, we …

Ben Stewart

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Utility

Commercial Energy Efficiency PECO Rebate Programs

PECO Rebate – Non-Residential Energy Efficiency & Heating Efficiency Rebate Programs (PA): PECO provides custom and prescriptive incentives for commercial energy systems optimization retrofits. Government and non-profit organizations (GNI) can qualify for additional equipment incentives, including street/traffic lighting. GNI incentives typically run 20 percent higher than C&I incentives for the same measures. Eligibility: Commercial, industrial, …

Ben Stewart

April 10, 2015

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Commercial & Industrial

7 Tips for Reducing Water Use in Manufacturing

There is a strong connection between energy systems optimization and reducing water consumption–“energy water nexus” is probably a buzz phrase you’ve heard a lot lately. The connection goes both ways: Reducing water use decreases the energy needed to pump water from its source to its disposal. Plus, reducing hot-water use reduces the energy needed for heating water …

Ben Stewart

March 10, 2015

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Commercial & Industrial

PACE Financing for Commercial and Industrial Facilities

Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE financing allows property owners to finance energy systems optimization, solar PV and water conservation upgrades to buildings that help reduce energy usage and costs. PACE can pay for lighting, mechanical, and  building automation system improvements, new solar PV systems and more. Why use PACE financing? PACE financing provides up to …

Ben Stewart

February 22, 2015

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