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Venstar Thermostat Integrates with Control4

Linda Hardesty

Venstar’s ColorTouch residential and commercial programmable thermostats can now be integrated with Control4 automation systems because the ColorTouch driver has achieved certification by Control4 after passing interoperability tests. Users can now remotely control their ColorTouch thermostats. Energy saving features include one-touch “Home” and “Away” buttons, Supply Air Alerts, and free mobile apps that enable users   …Continue Reading


EPA Needs 10 Million LEDs Sold Quickly

Linda Hardesty

The EPA is only half way to its goal of selling 20 million Energy Star certified LED bulbs in one year – from Earth Day April 22, 2013 to April 22, 2014. However, sales of Energy Star certified LED bulbs have been gaining speed since January 2014 when new federal lighting standards took effect to   …Continue Reading


Boston U. Saves 770,000 kWh Per Year

Linda Hardesty

Bluestone Energy Services helped Boston University to integrate energy efficiency into BU’s Track and Tennis Center. Bluestone Energy replaced existing 1000 W and 400 W metal halide fixtures with new Albeo LED fixtures and Daintree wireless controls. The lighting control system can schedule and dim the fixtures based on event schedules, occupancy and daylight harvesting.   …Continue Reading


LEDs Light Universal CityWalk Parking Lot

Linda Hardesty

LED lighting systems manufacturer Cireon completed a parking lot lighting project for Universal CityWalk Hollywood at Universal Studios in California – a three-block shopping promenade. The project was completed in conjunction with Tako Tyko, Signs & Lighting of Los Angeles. The project encompassed 600 parking spots with a footprint of more than 70,000 square feet. Cireon   …Continue Reading


Agrion Names its ‘Disrupt 25+’

William Opalka

A company that cut energy and water use at a data center by 80 percent and set a record in power use effectiveness (PUE) is the first one to be featured as one of the most disruptive startups in a clean energy and sustainability ranking. Agrion Americas assembled over 100 leading innovators in cleantech and sustainability from finance,   …Continue Reading


Schneider Wins $6.4 Million Net Zero Energy ESPC

Leon Walker

The US General Services Administration has awarded Schneider Electric a $6.4 million Energy Savings Performance Contract for the Almeric Christian Federal Building in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. As part of GSA’s Deep Retrofit Challenge, this project will install energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems at the St. Croix site, making it one of   …Continue Reading


Powerhouse Dynamics Re-Names, Expands Energy Management System

Linda Hardesty

Powerhouse Dynamics expanded the remote equipment control functionality of its enterprise energy and asset management system and renamed the system SiteSage, replacing the eMonitor name under which it has been known. SiteSage is designed for multi-site operators of small commercial facilities, such as restaurants, convenience stores and specialty retail chains. With the new SiteSage Controller,   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Program Receives Award

William Opalka

The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program won an award from the Association of Energy Services Professionals for developing a program that doubled the amount of energy saved during a comparable time period. The award was given for its work on the 6 Million Therm Savings campaign, developed by CLEAResult. The campaign promotes a program that   …Continue Reading


Home Depot Sells Philips 75W Replacement LED for $19.97

Linda Hardesty

Philips’ second generation 75-watt and 100-watt LED equivalent bulbs are now Energy Star qualified. Philips has worked with The Home Depot to offer the 15-watt LED (75-watt equivalent) for $19.97 and the 19-watt A21 (100-watt equivalent) for $24.97. Utility rebates of up to $10 per bulb can reduce the price further. The Philips 15-watt A19   …Continue Reading


Mold Uninvited Guest in Some Energy Efficient Buildings

Leon Walker

Despite their obvious money-saving and environmental benefits, energy efficient buildings can also be perfect habitats for mold, reports Gizmodo. Canada’s Alberta Court of Appeals was abandoned in 2001 following an energy efficiency retrofit that unintentionally created the perfect habitat for mold. Shortly after the renovation judges and attorneys began complaining of tiredness, watery eyes and irritated   …Continue Reading


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