Ohio School District Chalks Up $100K in Energy Savings From Retrofits

Ohio School District Chalks Up $100K in Energy Savings From Retrofits

The South Central Local Schools in Ohio worked with Energy Optimizers, USA on energy efficient upgrades and retrofits in 2013. Those changes have been paying off. Over the past three years, the school district to the southwest of Cleveland has saved more than $104,000 in … Read more…

How Product Design Impacts Energy Management: Q&A with Shaw Industries

How Product Design Impacts Energy Management: Q&A with Shaw Industries

Shifting an organization’s culture requires a willingness to challenge the status quo and step outside the comfort zone, says Charles Chapman, director of energy and reliability engineering for Shaw Industries. Chapman’s group at the global flooring product company used to focus primarily on the engineering … Read more…

Aldi Sees Competitive Advantage with Energy-Efficient Upgrades in the US

Aldi Sees Competitive Advantage with Energy-Efficient Upgrades in the US

German discount supermarket chain Aldi seeks an edge in the United States over new competitors through energy efficient upgrades to hundreds of stores. This year, Aldi announced a $1.6 billion investment in remodeling 1,300 US stores by 2020. Changes include creating open ceilings, adding natural … Read more…

Businesses Looking for an Energy Efficient Utility Might Mull Massachusetts

Businesses Looking for an Energy Efficient Utility Might Mull Massachusetts

The more energy efficient a utility is, the more likely that business customers will be paying less when it comes to their electricity bills, and a new scorecard from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) indicates that Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid … Read more…

The Hidden Costs Behind Data Center Construction (and How to Avoid Them)

The Hidden Costs Behind Data Center Construction (and How to Avoid Them)

In 2013, US data centers used approximately 91 billion kWh of electricity and, according to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), this is expected to increase to roughly 140 billion kWh annually by 2020. Building an efficient data center allows for a more powerful, economical … Read more…

Organizations Expect the Ability to Operate Off the Grid in 10 Years, Survey Shows

Organizations Expect the Ability to Operate Off the Grid in 10 Years, Survey Shows

Investments in energy efficiency will increase globally in 2017, according to a new Johnson Controls survey of energy and facility management executives. The survey indicated that spending on energy management will increase based on 1,243 respondents across India, China, Brazil, the US and Germany. Over half of organizations … Read more…

Demand Grows in Rhode Island for Commercial Clean Energy Projects

Demand Grows in Rhode Island for Commercial Clean Energy Projects

A program designed to finance projects to make commercial buildings more energy efficient is growing in Rhode Island, according to a May 5 report by Rhode Island Public Radio.  Thirteen more municipalities are working to participate in the Rhode Island Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy … Read more…

Breakthough Construction: Passive Homes Go Prefab

Breakthough Construction: Passive Homes Go Prefab

When Elizabeth Scott ordered a new energy-efficient home for her property in rural Guilderland, New York, a factory in Searsmont, Maine that manufactures passive house components  went to work. Ecocor High Performance Buildings, a construction firm that designs, manufacturers, delivers and assembles passive house parts … Read more…

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