Author Archives: Carl Weinschenk

Behind the Meter Podcast: Keys to Energy Efficient Air Filtration

Carl Weinschenk

Air filters are vital to the well being and comfort of people in a building. Choosing the right filter is key to getting this job done — and not breaking the bank in the process.


Tracking the Exciting World of Solar Energy Research

Carl Weinschenk

Technologies scientists and engineers are developing today won’t have an immediate impact. But energy managers should understand that big changes are not too far off.


Colorado Mixing Solar, Weatherization

Carl Weinschenk

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), the Energy Resource Center (ERC) and Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) have installed a 2kW rooftop solar array to a low income family’s home as part of the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The press release says that the CEO WAP provides free energy efficiency technology to income-eligible households. This is   …Continue Reading


Lighting Sector: 4% CAGR Through 2020

Carl Weinschenk

A new TechNavio report analyzing the professional luminaire sector predicts that the sector will grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 4 percent through 2020. The growth, the report says, will be driven by urbanization and industrialization. Lighting, which consumes about 20 percent of global electricity, has led governments to focus on energy   …Continue Reading


An Interesting Summer for PACE

Carl Weinschenk

PACE programs are potent financing vehicles for commercial and residential upgrades and retrofits. Not everybody is happy with how they operate and are marketed, however.


AAMA Offers Fenestration Course

Carl Weinschenk

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has introduced “Fundamentals of Fenestration.” The course is designed to train participants in basic terminology and standards for windows, doors and skylights. The organization said that it will cover residential and light commercial products and commercial and architectural applications. The course is designed to qualify for one hour of   …Continue Reading


AEEE: Efficiency as a Resource is a Winner

Carl Weinschenk

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released a report that looks at energy efficiency as a resource. A blog at the organization’s site says that energy efficiency is the third largest resource in the country. It has made the construction of 313 power plants unnecessary since 1990 and is a greater contributor   …Continue Reading


BREEAM USA Takes Aim at In-Use Structures

Carl Weinschenk

The international program is coming to the United States — and invites commercial building tenants to participate in assessments.


Unity College Gets Grant for Greenhouses

Carl Weinschenk

Unity College in Maine, which describes itself as “America’s Environmental College,” has received a $40,000 grant to upgrade the heating system of McKay Farm & Research Station’s greenhouses, according to the Lancaster Farmer. The school, which is in Unity, ME, aims to upgrade the campus to carbon-neutral and fossil fuel-free status. The grant, which is seen by   …Continue Reading


AEP Ohio Awards CenturyLink

Carl Weinschenk

AEP Ohio presented telecommunications provider CenturyLink with a $133,547 incentive check late last month. The award was made by the company’s Ohio Data Center Program. It provides incentives based upon participants’ annual energy savings. The release says that last year CenturyLink upgraded its datacenter’s mechanical system, which enabled the replacement of the heat rejection equipment with   …Continue Reading