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Energy Saving Strategies

See how you can apply consistent, systematic approaches - from clipping peaks to preventive maintenance - to use energy more wisely and efficiently.

 

Can Building Green Save You Money?

Thousands of commercial and institutional organizations are building according to "green" standards. This approach improves upon standard construction and can have significant savings.
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Commissioning Existing Buildings 101

As buildings age, their efficiency performance can degrade. Commissioning or "tuning" the buildings to fit the current needs can alleviate the wasted costs of building deficiencies.
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Computer Energy Use

While the computer itself usually accounts for the largest share of energy use, the monitor, speakers, printer, modem, router, scanner, and other equipment can all consume significant amounts of electricity. Read more, here.

 

Effective Actions to Reduce Peak Loads

There are several benefits of demand response programs and managing your facility's load shape on an ongoing basis, including significantly lowering the facility's overall electricity rate. Read more, here.

 
       

Energy Success Through Preparedness, Perseverance, and Partnerships

Roche Palo Alto, a pharmaceutical research and development company, has consistently reduced its energy consumption by continuous commissioning and implementing recommended retrofits.
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Efficiency Provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

Take a look at the regulations that are most relevant to energy managers. This legislation is a hefty package that will exert profound influences on the use of energy in the U.S. Read more, here.

 
       

Energy Action Checklist

By taking a strategic approach to energy management, organizations can make energy savings part of everyone's job rather than the responsibility of just the facility manager or the energy director. Read more, here.

 

Energy Management and Six Sigma

"The Six Sigma approach identifies and eliminates defects with a structured, data-drive, problem solving method of using rigorous data-gathering and stastitical analysis."
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Curtailment Program Update

There are many factors to consider when deciding
if a curtailment program is right for your facility, from incentive amounts to length of expected curtailment. Curtailment benefits include reliability of the grid and energy savings.
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Energy Myths: Business Energy Use

Although there are a lot of good ideas out there, there are also a lot of misconceptions about what are effective energy-efficiency measures. Here are some of the most common myths. Read more, here.

 
       

Energy Procurement - eBay Style

In deregulated markets, online reverse auctions enable buyers and sellers of electricy, natural gas, green power, renewable energy certificates, and other energy products to match their needs in long-term contracts. Read more, here.

 

Identifying Energy Waste (Audit)

Although it is likely that a consultant will have more expertise, anyone with a keen eye can perform a walk-through that can lead to significant energy cost savings.
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Making the Case for Demand Response

No matter how one defines Demand Response, there may be compelling financial and "good corporate citizen" reason why participating in a Demand Response program makes sense for your organization. Read more, here.

 

Managing Energy Cost for Chillers

Water-cooled electric chilled-water systems typically account for 15 percent of a building's annual energy consumption. There are many opportunities for energy savings through best practices. Read more, here.

 
       

Managing Office Plug Loads

A plug load is the energy consumed by any electronic device that's plugged into a socket. In offices, this includes many devices that consume electricity even in standby mode or when switched off. Read more, here.

 

Mining Your Meter for Savings

Putting energy data to work will show up on your company's bottom line. Energy users can examine electricity usage patterns and make changes that save money on their utility bills. Read more, here.

 
       

Natural Gas Efficiency Ideas for Your Business

Many businesses use natural gas for heating, hot water, cooking, and drying. Although natural gas is a cost-effective energy source, there are many easy and inexpensive steps you can take to reduce gas use. Read more, here.

 

Optimized Compressed Air Systems

Although it is often viewed as an essentially free resource, compressed air is anything but free. In fact, in many industrial plants, air compressors consume more energy than any other single end use. Read more, here.

 
       

Post-occupancy for Green Buildings

Despite the recent growth in the use of more energy efficient technologies and more sustainable building practices, post-occupancy evaluations are still often neglected in the construction process.
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Quality Systems for Energy Management

C & A Floorcoverings saved $55,000 on energy costs just by lowering the temperature for thermal oxidizers on a curing range. That and similar measures will also lengthen equipment life. Read more, here.

 
       

Recommissioning for Low Cost and Savings

There are many opportunities to fine tune your building's HVAC and lighting control systems to save energy without sacrificing comfort or equipment reliability. Read more, here.

 

Shining a Light on Lighting Maintenance

Maintenance is not complicated (light-reflecting surfaces and lenses must be periodically cleaned and lamps replaced) but it does require attention to detail. Read more, here.

 
       

The Art of Life Cycle Cost Analysis

Making a case for an energy system upgrade to a chief financial officer requires an economic analysis. The different metrics and methods that may be used to make a compelling business case range from simple to sophisticated.
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Tips for Using LEED Wisely

There are some very compelling reasons why energy and facility managers might consider LEED certification for new or existing buildings. The basic justification is reducing operating costs. Read more, here.

 
       

Top Energy-Saving Tips for Better Business

Investing in energy efficiency is one way to cut operational costs, without sacrificing customer service or product integrity. Existing commercial buildings can save up to 30% when best practices are implemented. Read more, here.

 

Water-Saving Tips for Business Customers

Commercial buildings in the U.S. use large amounts of water each year - roughly 15 percent of the nation's overall water consumption. The majority of that water is used in domestic applications. Read more, here.

 
       

Demand Response 101 For Commercial

Utility loads are growing along with our population, the number of plug loads we use, and the use of central air conditioning. Demand response can help balance load with adequate generation at times when it's most needed.
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