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Clean Energy Commitment in the Corporate and Local Small Business Sphere

Steve Constable

Forward thinking businesses such as Google Inc are leading the charge in the use of renewable energy in the corporate sphere. They power 100% of their operations with renewable energy.

Controlling Air Conditioners

Carl Weinschenk

The Nature Remo, from Nature, Inc., is a control system that provides window-mounted and through-wall air conditioners with smart attributes. The company says that it is an Internet of Things (IoT)-controlled device that enables remote control of units. The device facilitates increased energy efficiency along and provides additional benefits. A power plug feature will be introduced later   …Continue Reading

Investing in Energy Efficiency for Buildings is Smart, says World Resources Institute

Ken Silverstein

Want to cut energy cost while reducing carbon emissions? Building efficiency provides the “most bang for the buck,” according to the World Resources Institute.

Making the IoT Work for Building Managers

Carl Weinschenk

The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) is perhaps the biggest telecommunications and information technology story of the decade. Suddenly, it is possible to measure and control processes and procedures at a granular level unheard of in the past. It is, for better or worse, revolutionary. It is also difficult to implement. Slapping a   …Continue Reading

Westerly, RI, Making Moves to Improve Municipal Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

Westerly, RI, is using $1.6 million in low interest state loans to transition to LED streetlights and make energy efficiency upgrades to the town hall, the police station and department of public works complex. The Westerly Sun reports that the loans are from the Infrastructure Bank Efficient Building Loan Fund. The fund is administered by the Clean Water   …Continue Reading

Cogeneration Platform Saves Money, Adds Reliability for Brooklyn Beer Distributor

Carl Weinschenk

On the picturesque Brooklyn, NY, waterfront, an increasingly common alternative to traditional powering — cogeneration — is working, and working well. In fact, the only time it stopped was when the equipment was partially submerged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Manhattan Beer Distributors – formerly Phoenix Beverages – has tremendous power needs. Keeping beer cool is   …Continue Reading

Analyzing Buildings for Energy Efficient Retrofits Can be Practical, MIT Says

Ken Silverstein

Want to know which buildings will get the biggest bang for the buck when it comes to retrofitting for energy efficiencies? Some MIT professors think they have the right tool, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Marta González and Franz-Josef Ulm are MIT professors of civil and environmental engineering, as well as Mohammad Javad Abdolhosseini   …Continue Reading

What is a Smart Thermostat? Algorithms

Paige Leuschner

There is no clear definition of a smart thermostat. In fact, as more offerings have entered the market, the definition of a smart thermostat has become more misunderstood. Some consider a thermostat “smart” if it has two-way communications (i.e., you can view and change settings on your smartphone). However, this is simply inaccurate. This type   …Continue Reading

Lunera Shines a Light on the IoT

Carl Weinschenk

Two ongoing parallel technology transitions are the switch to LED lighting and the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT). The two are very much connected. LEDs, of course, are much more efficient, last longer, are less expensive over the life of the product and produce better light. The IoT will automate how myriad small   …Continue Reading

ACHRI Asks DOE to Suspend Boiler Efficiency Rulemaking

Carl Weinschenk

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (ACHRI) trade group is not happy with the approach the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is taking to initiatives aimed at updating efficiency standards and testing procedures for commercial boilers. Upgrading testing and energy efficiency standards are deeply related but separate undertakings. The issue is that the DOE is doing both at   …Continue Reading

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