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Less Time Delay with LEDs Promises More Savings

Linda Hardesty

Current building codes require specified time delays before occupancy sensors turn off or dim the lights in an unoccupied space. And while shorter delays save energy, constantly switching lights on and off can shorten the lifespan of a fluorescent lamp, according to a blog posting on the Lighting Controls Association website. This could change with   …Continue Reading


5 Steps for Guaranteeing the Best Lighting Upgrade in Industrial Facilities

Mike Robinson

Rapid growth in LED technology has brought good news for energy managers in industrial facilities, as they have more options than ever before in planning facility retrofits. Finding high-quality fixtures that reduce energy consumption and cut maintenance costs is easier today than it was several years ago. The bad news is that this relatively young   …Continue Reading


Energy Awards Offers 7 Entry Tips from Judges

Jennifer Hermes

Early Bird Deadline for the energy awards from Energy Manager Today arrives July 29. Awards prove to potential customers, existing clients, investors and other stakeholders the worth of your product or the project you implemented. Writing a tight, informative entry for the energy awards, being precise about why your product or project deserves recognition as   …Continue Reading


Optimizing Set Points, Equipment Controls Saves 6% in Energy

Linda Hardesty

SmartWatt Energy completed an energy upgrade project for wire rope manufacturer Bridon American at its Hanover, Pennsylvania, facility. Prior to the energy efficiency project, the manufacturer’s facilities consumed over 13 million kWh per year. After the installation of an energy management system and program to optimize set points, sequences and operating schedules of equipment, electric   …Continue Reading


McKinstry Wins $5.8M ESPC with Texas County

Linda Hardesty

The Texas County of Brownwood approved a $5.8 million contract with McKinstry to make energy efficiency improvements in county buildings, reports the Brownwood News. The scope of the energy savings performance contract (ESPC) includes: Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) replacements at the Brown County Courthouse, Brown County Jail, Juvenile Justice Center and Agricultural Extension   …Continue Reading


Honeywell, Nest Lead Smart Thermostat Market

Karen Henry

Honeywell and Nest lead the smart thermostat vendor market in terms of strategy and execution, according to a new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research. Honeywell maintained leadership due to its existing smart/connected thermostat products and programs and its aggressive pursuit of the higher-end smart thermostat segment. Nest has gained market share by seeking out collaborations   …Continue Reading


Henderson State University Enters Phase 2 of ESPC

Linda Hardesty

Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, has contracted with Schneider Electric in an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to assist with the university’s utility, technology and deferred maintenance initiatives as part of a two-phased project. Phase one of the project was completed in May 2013 and has helped the university save $237,551 annually. Phase two   …Continue Reading


Hubbell Intros Lighting Controller

Linda Hardesty

Hubbell Building Automation launched an intelligent lighting control – the NX Room Controller – that integrates automatic and manual control of lighting. Auto-configuration provides a way to meet energy codes, including California’s Title 24 and ASHRAE 90.1. No network or software is required to set up the unit. Input devices such as digital wall switches, vacancy/occupancy   …Continue Reading


How to Think about Energy Efficiency

Marc Karell

I recently gave a talk to an engineering society about sustainability, with the emphasis on energy conservation and greenhouse gas emission reductions. I discussed “The 9 Purely Business Reasons to Reduce Energy” (see www.ccesworld.com/blog) to demonstrate the many purely common sense, financial reasons for companies to invest in energy efficiency. Gosh, give credit to us   …Continue Reading


Santa Barbara School District Uses Prop 39 Funds for Energy Improvements

Linda Hardesty

The Santa Barbara Unified School District has received state approval of its five-year energy expenditure plan and Proposition 39 funding to upgrade building systems at 13 schools. NORESCO will serve as the owner’s representative for the school district to deliver $2.7 million in improvements through the multi-year project. Development of projects under the California Clean   …Continue Reading


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