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Columnists: Marc Karell

Marc Karell is the owner of Climate Change & Environmental Services. CCES can help you along the way with the technical, planning and financial details of installing a solar PV to enable you to reduce your energy costs significantly.

Energy Efficiency: the Hidden Benefits

I was fortunate to have been the construction and environmental manager for the largest conversion from No. 6 oil to natural gas so far in NYC. Three large boilers, providing heat and domestic hot water for 8 high-rise apartment buildings and other areas, were upgraded in preparation for the fuel switch. It is now two   …Continue Reading


How to Sell Energy Projects Internally

As an energy, sustainability, and environmental consultant, I am constantly “pitching” projects to clients who can really benefit. Not benefit by saving the polar bear or the Amazon Rain Forest, but generating direct financial benefits. Not hypothetical or “blackboard,” but with real-life case studies. Convincing, overwhelming. I used to think this was a slam dunk   …Continue Reading


Pres. Obama Advances Energy Efficiency Agenda

President Obama has tried to work with Congress to develop a national energy plan, climate change rules, and renewable energy standards that will encourage business and local job creation, and save costs. But there has been no success, as Congress has been wont to pass any measure. For example, IRS code 179D, giving businesses that   …Continue Reading


8 Tips Plus a Checklist for Sound Energy Management

For a growing number of EHS professionals, energy management has also been put on their plate. Companies now understand that energy efficiency is a great opportunity for cost savings and raising competitiveness. According to the US DOE, energy costs are one-third an average building’s total operating cost, and its largest controllable cost. But many building   …Continue Reading


Is Fuel Switching to Natural Gas Right for You?

The US has gone through a major change in its fuel supplies in a short time. A decade ago, the US was planning infrastructure upgrades in order to import large quantities of liquified natural gas. Now, we are producing so much of it that we are a net exporter. Advantages of Switching to Natural Gas   …Continue Reading


Proposed Federal Energy Efficiency Act Could Save You Money on Energy Upgrades

Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) reintroduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, S. 761, on May 15, 2013, authorizing appropriations to support activities aimed at promoting energy efficiency in the residential and commercial sectors. To satisfy senators concerned about cost, S. 761 would reduce authorizations for an existing program aimed at   …Continue Reading


Energy Saving Tips: Boiler Maintenance

Well, we are finally out of the grips of cold weather. Your boilers can finally rest after a long and busy cold season. But remember, this is the time of year to examine your boiler system. So with that in mind, here are some maintenance tips to insure your boilers will continue to function reliably   …Continue Reading


Potential for Intelligent Energy Efficiency Gains

I have written a series of articles recently on simple, inexpensive ways for to save energy, based mainly on individual pieces of equipment (HVAC, lights, etc.) or practices. While useful, simple, and cost effective, these may not be “home runs” of energy savings. A report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy looks   …Continue Reading


Measuring & Verifying Your Energy Performance

For different reasons, we are reaching a “perfect storm” of the need for companies to implement a robust program to measure and verify environmental performance. In the environmental sphere, many regulatory agencies have cut back and now expect facilities to rigorously self-monitor and report key compliance indicators. In what can be considered a blend between   …Continue Reading


Simple Energy and Cost Saving Tips, Part VII

Reduce Your Transportation Fuel Usage To Save Money Sometimes forgotten in an entity’s energy footprint is fuel usage for transportation needs, fleet cars, trucks, etc. Fuel is procured and stored, then quickly dispensed and used. But cars and trucks are not to be kept parked, but used on the road. While at this writing gasoline/diesel   …Continue Reading


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