Orion Wins School District Contracts, Increases Chances for Incentives

Carl Weinschenk

Several school districts nationwide have recently reduced their maintenance cost and energy use while improving the quality of light in the classroom and becoming eligible for higher rebates and incentives by installing energy efficient retrofit lighting platforms. Orion Energy Systems, a manufacturer of retrofit lighting platforms, says its lighting solutions have been installed in the   …Continue Reading

Study: Smartest ‘Smart Building’ Owners Come from Retail, Manufacturing, Construction

Carl Weinschenk

The most advanced smart building owners are in retail, process manufacturing, and construction, IDC found in a recent survey of 200 business owners, writes Of the smartest building owners identified in the study, about 40% focused on HVAC technology, about 28% on lighting, about 41% on plug loads, and about 21% on distributed energy.   …Continue Reading

Rockleigh Borough Installing LEDs, Low Energy AC

Carl Weinschenk

Rockleigh Borough in New Jersey is replacing 200 lightbulbs with LEDs and installing a two-ton air conditioner in the borough hall to improve energy efficiency and cut utility costs, according to The project, which is being done under the aegis of  the New Jersey Clean Energy Program’s Direct Install initiative, pays as much as   …Continue Reading

Energy Profile of Commercial Buildings Changing

Carl Weinschenk

The energy profile of commercial buildings is changing, according to participants in a round table conducted by Consulting-Specifying Engineer. Photovoltaics are becoming more common on warehouses and public schools, said to Paul Meyer, a Senior Vice President at WSP USA. Meyer indicated that both types of facilities tend to have extensive roof areas that have very little obstructing equipment.   …Continue Reading

New York City Ups its Energy Efficiency Game

Carl Weinschenk

The New York Real Estate Journal took a look at energy efficiency efforts underway in New York City. They are significant: All public builds must achieve a heightened level of efficiency by 2025. In April, Major Bill de Blasio announced a $100 million public housing energy saving program that will retrofit almost 300 buildings for heightened   …Continue Reading

LEDs on the Menu for Florida Restaurant Chain

Carl Weinschenk

Amaize, the flagship of a planned restaurant chain in Florida, is developing energy-saving designs for use throughout its new locations. The Latin-inspired gourmet chain worked with Conexsol, a Miami-based distributor and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm. The company, which specializes in improving profitability through energy efficiency, recommended that Amaize use LEDs from ReneSola. The subsequent retrofit included   …Continue Reading

Mass School Saves Through Smart Tech

Carl Weinschenk

The Telegram reports that The Sizer School, a North Central Charter Essential School in Fitchburg, MA, has installed sensor technology that detects if a room is occupied and adjusts the temperature accordingly. The sensors also turn lights on and off. School administrators told The Telegram that it can save more than 47,000 kilowatt hours in   …Continue Reading

Washington City Saves, Drives Efficiencies with LED Streetlights

Carl Weinschenk

West Richmond, WA, recently replaced 1,097 streetlights with Autobahn LED luminaries from Acuity Brands, according to Equipment World. The transition enables energy use to be reduced by more than 60 percent and, according to the story, increases illumination and addresses “dark sky” conditions. The city simultaneously installed Acuity’s ROAM wireless monitoring system that enables the   …Continue Reading

Tips for Reducing Energy Consumption in the Mining Industry

Karen Henry

Electricity accounts for 32 percent of a mine’s total energy use, so finding ways to reduce energy use can result in significant savings for mining companies. Grinding and ventilation offer the greatest potential for reducing energy use in the coal mining industry, according to an article on the World Coal website. In addition to savings achieved   …Continue Reading

Don’t Forget the Heat Gain from Outdated Lighting

Linda Hardesty

An article in Furniture World points out a side benefit of LED lighting: it reduces the load on the HVAC system. The lighting in a furniture showroom or furniture manufacturing facility can really increase heat gain, especially if lit with traditional incandescent bulbs, halogen MR16 lamps, or metal halide fixtures. These light sources can reach   …Continue Reading

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