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Best Building Practices Reduce Emissions and Energy Costs

William Opalka

The places to make strides in emissions reductions and energy costs are large institutions and corporate facilities, according to JLL, who says the companies most focused on energy efficiency typically share five strategies: 1)    Keep it simple—at first. Companies need to take small and immediate steps that produce immediate returns. An energy audit will reveal immediate steps that   …Continue Reading

Data Center Efficiency Parallels Paper Recycling

William Opalka

Mention data center on the first Earth Day 44 years ago today and most people might think of the public library, if they grasped the concept at all. In 1970, much of the concern about the environment included bulging landfills and the more than 44 million tons of paper waste generated annually. Today, much of   …Continue Reading

NC Schools Save $687,000 on Energy

Linda Hardesty

The Cabarrus County Schools in Concord, NC, hired Educon – Educational Consulting in 2012 to help several of its schools reduce energy costs. Since implementing Educon’s program, the schools have saved about $687,000 in energy expenses over the past two years – about 10 percent of the school system’s energy budget, reports The Charlotte Observer.   …Continue Reading

Energy Star’s IT Tips

Leon Walker

Putting computers to sleep at the end of the day and buying efficient IT equipment are just two of the ways the Energy Star Low Carbon IT Campaign suggests companies can reduce the impact of their computing. Companies can save between $10 and $50 per computer per year simply by putting them to sleep using computer   …Continue Reading

McKinstry Wins $10.8M ESPC with Federal Center

Linda Hardesty

The General Services Administration Region 8 Federal Center in Lakewood, Colo., signed a 20-year energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with McKinstry for 15 buildings, reports the Lakewood Sentinel. The $10.8 million contract is projected to result in a total energy savings of 47,000 MMBtu per year. McKinstry has identified about $600,000 in utility rebates for   …Continue Reading

Coolerado Launches Efficient Air Conditioning Unit

William Opalka

Coolerado launched its M50 Downflow air conditioning unit that it says can reduce electricity consumption by at least 40 percent during peak demand hours while meeting strict air ventilation standards. The unit delivers an energy efficiency ratio (EER) above 40 when used as a stand-alone product. The ratio is above 21 when combined with DX   …Continue Reading

Peak Load Incentives Boosted in New York City

William Opalka

Peak load incentives for the expected surge in electricity demand this summer have been boosted by 60 percent over last year’s level in New York City. Energy services company ConEdison Solutions is telling developers, building owners and institutions to take advantage of major increases in the incentives offered to large energy users. The proposed incentive   …Continue Reading

Building-Integrated Solar Air Heating Systems Hit Milestone

Linda Hardesty

According to data from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), five million square feet of building-integrated solar air heating collectors are now installed in North America. These systems represent 250 MW of thermal energy. Solar air heating systems work by heating incoming ventilation air before it is brought into a building’s heating, ventilation and air   …Continue Reading

SunTrac, KMC Form Joint Venture for Solar HVAC

Linda Hardesty

SunTrac Solar and KMC Controls announced a joint venture in which KMC will be the exclusive manufacturer of private-label equipment controls for SunTrac. SunTrac’s solar-assisted air conditioning uses solar energy to allow air-conditioning systems to operate more efficiently. It combines an A/C system with a solar collector panel system that generates thermal energy, which is   …Continue Reading

Investor Confidence Project Comes to Texas

William Opalka

An innovative program to standardize investment protocols in energy efficiency programs is coming to Texas with the introduction of Keeping PACE in Texas. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) said it is dedicated to bringing property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs to the state. The do-it-yourself toolkit embeds energy efficiency protocols developed by EDF’s Investor Confidence   …Continue Reading

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