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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

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 Energy 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. Energy as a Service may well …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

April 24, 2018

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Energy Systems Optimization

Flipping the Switch to Lower Crime. The Added Benefits of Upgrades Outdoor Lighting

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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Energy Systems Optimization

Illuminating Effects of Poor Lighting At Work

Uncomfortable, unproductive, unhealthy, low morale and high turnover are some of the effects plaguing modern day building occupants.  Improper lighting is one of the culprits in creating a less than stellar experience within offices, schools, hospitals and industrial spaces. Unfortunately, the impact of lighting on productivity hurts the bottom line for these institutions. This may …

Ben Stewart

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Energy Systems Optimization

Energy Efficiency Finance Models Spelled Out To Achieve Modernization

Work environments across the nation battle crumbling infrastructure, dim lights and antiquated energy systems. Building owners wrack their brains trying to find a solution to keep their workers happy, comfortable and productive without breaking their bank. There are ways to acquire modernization without expending up-front capital through energy financing. There are many energy efficiency finance …

Ben Stewart

July 14, 2017

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