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Considering Solar? Consider This.

There’s been a lot of positive press surrounding Fortune 500 companies, cities, and schools committing to net-zero energy goals. Perhaps because of this, organizations around the globe are looking to renewables like solar PV to solve their energy challenges.  According to new research conducted by Centrica Business Solutions, 79% of businesses are planning to increase the …

Sep 13, 2019

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Education

Guest Blog: A Brighter Present Means a Brighter Future for Our Schools

Imagine trying to do your job in a poorly-lit room, squinting just to read your notes or documents. Or consider exercising under huge lamps from a bygone era that needs 15 minutes to turn on and emit an almost unbearable heat. What’s unthinkable in our professional lives is the reality that our children are subjected …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

May 28, 2019

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Bundled Energy Projects

Guest Blog: Energy Efficiency is Driving Deep Savings at These Schools

Energy efficiency doesn’t just contribute to a greener, more sustainable future: it also has direct cost savings for school districts in the here-and-now. At the K12 Facilities Forum, Meredith McDermott, Director of Sustainability at the New York City Department of Education, and Tony Cox, Chief Operating Officer at Rock Hill Schools (SC), shared how energy efficiency initiatives are …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

May 16, 2019

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Education

Lighting the Way to Improved Student Performance

Lighting typically accounts for as much as 30% to 40% of a school’s total energy costs – making it the second largest operational expense for school districts – just behind salaries. Optimizing lighting systems can cut those energy costs by more than half – in some cases up to 70%. Most importantly, every dollar saved …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

April 30, 2019

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Building Automation Systems

Delaying Energy Upgrades Impacts College Budgets

Faced with declining public funds and/or dwindling tuition revenue, many community colleges are having to do more with less. Nothing new there. The challenge, of course, is to reduce spending without shortchanging students, canceling programs and demoralizing staff. As such, college business officers and facility managers play an increasingly important role, as they look for …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

January 18, 2019

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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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Education

NYAPPA To Hold Summer Conference This Week

The New York Association of Physical Plant Administrators (NYAPPA) is holding its summer conference July 11-13 in Buffalo, New York. The conference, aimed at networking and providing educational sessions, will take place on the campus of SUNY-Buffalo. SUNY officials, vendors serving the industry and plant administrators will all be in attendance. Ryan Robinson, an energy …

Ben Stewart

July 7, 2017

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Education

Optimal Learning Environments Are Fanned With A Comfort Range

Public school districts across America lack robust budgets and are plagued with student performance pressures and stressed teachers. Add in trying to teach in classrooms that are too hot or cold and that equals unfocused students. Some states, like New York, recently passed legislation that requires schools to have air-conditioning, said Michael Deru, an engineering …

Ben Stewart

June 29, 2017

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Education

School Superintendents of Alabama Holding Annual Summer Conference

The School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA) is holding its annual summer conference this week at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama. SSA, the professional association for school superintendents, aims to give superintendents networking and collaboration opportunities, sound public policy development and advocacy and professional learning resources. Hundreds of educators and the vendors who …

Ben Stewart

June 21, 2017

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