Conservation

Tech Tools Help Small Businesses Lower Energy Costs

Karen Henry

According to the National Federation of Independent Business, 10 percent of small business owners in the United States report that energy is their single largest cost. There are a variety of resources and technology tools that small business owners can use to help lower their overall energy consumption and related costs. An article in the   …Continue Reading


Matching HVAC Performance to Its Potential

Karen Henry

High efficiency HVAC systems have the potential to achieve efficiencies as high as 98 percent. However, these ratings are generally only achieved under ideal conditions. Real-world energy efficiency is often much lower. If ducts or radiators are not properly sized for a building or home, for example, the system’s fans will work harder to compensate.   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Targeted in Houston Buildings

Linda Hardesty

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD) launched an action plan to improve the energy efficiency of Houston’s building stock. The action plan is based on the recommendations of the Houston Energy Efficiency in Buildings Laboratory (EEB Lab) held jointly by the WBCSD   …Continue Reading


Getting Tenants to Share Energy Data

Linda Hardesty

There are a number of reasons why tenants may not want multifamily building owners to have access to their utility data, according to a WegoWise blog posting. This can create a problem for building owners who want to benchmark energy usage. One big reason tenants may not want to share data is privacy. Tenants are   …Continue Reading


Proposed Illinois Budget Cuts Into Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

To help address a state budget shortfall, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed a budget that would reallocate $265 million in utility ratepayer funds from energy efficiency projects and programs to the state’s general fund. According to an American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) blog post, this reallocation would include Department of Commerce and Economic   …Continue Reading


Steel Distributor Reduces Lighting Fixtures 60% with LEDs

Linda Hardesty

Kenwal Steel, a flat-rolled steel distributor, has upgraded the lighting in its 100,000-sq-foot steel mill in Dearborn, Michigan, to the Digital Lumens Intelligent LED Lighting System. By replacing its 1000-watt metal halide fixtures with the LED system, the facility is saving more than 93 percent in lighting-related energy, resulting in an investment payback period of   …Continue Reading


Schneider Electric Wins Contract from Army Corps of Engineers

Karen Henry

The US Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, (USACE) has awarded Schneider Electric an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. Schneider is one of 13 firms that will share in the estimated $2.5 billion multiple award task order contract. Under the Utility Monitoring and Control System (UMCS) contract, Schneider will provide   …Continue Reading


80-Gal Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters Exceeds Energy Efficiency Standards

Linda Hardesty

GE is expanding its family of Energy Star GeoSpring hybrid electric heat pump water heaters to include an 80-gallon unit that will exceed the US Department of Energy’s new energy efficiency standards for all electric water heaters larger than 55 gallons. The new mandate will take effect in April 2015. The 80-gallon GeoSpring will clock   …Continue Reading


Car Design Center Saves $26,000 Annually with LEDs

Linda Hardesty

Revolution Lighting Technologies was commissioned by West Coast Customs (WCC) to upgrade the lighting system at its new automotive design center and showroom in Burbank, Calif. Revolution Lighting outfitted the entire 60,000-sq-foot facility and parking lot with its energy-efficient LED flat panels, LED tubes and other LED products, reducing WCC’s energy usage by 64 percent   …Continue Reading


Benchmarking Goes Through Growing Pains

Linda Hardesty

There are 10 cities and one county in the United States that require energy benchmarking: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Cambridge, Mass., and Montgomery County, Md. In its first year of private sector benchmarking, New York City had to scrub nearly 25 percent of all property submissions   …Continue Reading