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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 …

Aug 09, 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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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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Energy Systems Optimization

From Sales Auditor To Sales Manager: Chris Mastrianni Digs His Way To A Fulfilling SmartWatt Career

Despite having sales experience, the economy hit Chris Mastrianni’s life hard. While looking for a job, he was working as a landscaper, picking weeds, digging ditches, and mowing lawns in the scorching Albany, NY sun, yet barely getting by. “I was in a rough patch in my life – talk about a humbling experience,” he …

Ben Stewart

July 6, 2017

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Small Business

Bringing Energy Efficiency to Offices

Office buildings represent approximately 17 percent of energy use in commercial buildings nationwide and consume more energy than any other building type. With almost 60 percent of existing office buildings built before 1980, many are in desperate need of upgrades to aging building equipment, appliances and systems. Even small offices can reap a big payoff …

Ben Stewart

November 28, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

DIY Building Energy Audit

While a professional building energy audit is the best way to determine whether your commercial, industrial or institutional facility is losing energy and where to save, you can conduct your own simple but diligent walk-through and spot problems in many facilities. This “do-it-yourself” building energy audit will not be as thorough as a professional energy …

Ben Stewart

October 16, 2016

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Small Business

Best Ways for Small Businesses to Optimize Energy Systems

One of the hardest parts of embarking the road to optimize energy systems is deciding where to begin. Do you approach it as a bundled energy project or through triage, addressing the neediest equipment first? Many factors, including age of your equipment, the type of your business, your local utility rates and your access to capital, …

Ben Stewart

September 28, 2016

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Small Business

Refrigeration Efficiency Upgrades for Grocery and Convenience Stores

Grocery and convenience stores have many of the same energy needs as other business sectors, but one key need that sets them apart is refrigeration. Improving the refrigeration efficiency of a store’s system, which uses almost 40 percent of total energy, is the No. 1 target for energy savings, with lighting following a close second. …

Ben Stewart

September 10, 2016

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Small Business

Create an Energy Efficiency Optimized Auto Dealership

When it comes to energy-intensive industries, automobile dealerships are certainly in the forefront. It’s somewhat ironic that as the industry’s focus shifts toward fuel efficiency for vehicles, little has been done to decrease the carbon footprint of the facilities that sell them. But that’s beginning to change as car dealers realize how much energy—and money—they …

Ben Stewart

July 28, 2016

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