Strategies Municipalities Can Use to Improve Energy Efficiency

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Energy efficiency is important to most cities and towns, and understanding the right paths to take to improve efficiency can be a challenge.  Improving efficiency can result in long-term savings and will help municipalities meet local regulations while achieving broader climate change goals for lasting positive impacts.  For cities and…

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Peak Shaving: What It Is, & How It Can Impact Your Bottom Line

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Your business requires a lot of energy. From running lights and computers to powering heavy machinery, it’s very easy for your energy costs to balloon out of control. On any given day, your energy charges will be more expensive during peak hours, while the same amount of energy will cost…

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What Are Zero-Energy Buildings, & How Will They Impact Wider Energy Usage?

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The energy efficiency world is full of new terms and concepts that can be unfamiliar to the average person. “Building envelope,” “energy audit,” and “renewable energy technologies” are all phrases that, unless you’re part of the energy efficiency movement, may not make any sense. A big term, especially in the…

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Is Investing in Solar Energy Right for Your Business?

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As the price of traditional utilities has increased and more and more businesses seek to become energy-efficient, installing solar energy options is becoming a choice for many companies. But before you add solar panels to your building’s roof, it’s important to fully investigate whether the cost of investing in solar…

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Guidance for Making Buildings More COVID-Safe without Wasting Energy

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way businesses operate in both large and small ways.  As businesses and buildings are looking to find new ways to get back to business while still protecting people, wave after wave of guidelines have come out. Some of the recommendations, however, aren’t exactly eco-friendly,…

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6 Ways State Energy Efficiency Mandates Are Impacting Businesses

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To help promote a decrease in wasted energy and stem the tide of climate change, many states and municipalities have taken it upon themselves to draw up mandates for energy efficiency in the absence of a national strategy. These energy efficiency mandates and their ambitious goals are impacting businesses of…

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Energy Efficiency Benchmarking: How the U.S. Stacks up Globally

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Energy efficiency benchmarking standards in the United States are piecemeal at best, with individual states and cities creating their own requirements and best practices. As a result, the United States has largely lagged behind the rest of the world in terms of overall energy efficiency improvements, with some cities and…

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6 Ways to Make Strategic Energy Management More Successful

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For many companies looking to save money and reduce their energy expenditures, strategic energy management is a logical step toward creating a comprehensive, effective plan to help move them toward their energy-savings goals. But as with any other strategic planning adopted by organizations, when strategic energy management is not properly…

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Winners & Losers from the ACEEE’s 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard

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In February, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released the results of its 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard. This scorecard investigated the 52 largest electric utilities in the United States to see if and how they have made improvements to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Items such as what types…

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Covid-19’s Impact on the Way We Use Energy

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There are no strangers to the current world catastrophe brought on by COVID-19. Every country, state, city, neighborhood, business, and individual has been affected by this pandemic. The health effects are obvious and present in the news every day. As the world now begins to come out of quarantine, more…

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3 New Municipal Energy Benchmarking Regulations to Know for 2020

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As energy-efficiency efforts across the country grow, so do official energy-efficiency requirements in individual cities. The new year was no exception for changes to energy mandates, with 3 notable changes to large city regulations: Washington, D.C. The Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018 changed the requirements on the city’s…

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4 Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Energy Audit

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Conducting your own energy audit can be a time-consuming process. You spend a great deal of time planning the audit, gathering all your data, and then analyzing that information and coming up with your plan. To give yourself the best chance at a high-quality, low-stress energy audit, here are 4…

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The Full Story with Lithium-Ion

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Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) based batteries have garnered a lot of attention in recent years for being a capable, lightweight, and relatively cheap means of storing electricity.  However, as the old saying goes, Lithium doesn’t grow on trees. What is Lithium? Lithium is an alkali metal, which (if you remember chemistry class)…

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5 Ways Technology Has Made Energy Audits Easier

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Energy auditing used to be a cumbersome, time-consuming process. Conducting an energy audit meant hours spent collecting, organizing, and analyzing data even for small buildings. Thanks to advances in energy auditing software, the auditing process has become faster, easier, and more accurate, giving you better results the first time. Here…

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Looking for Funding for Your Retrofit Project? Try These Resources

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Undertaking energy efficiency and sustainability projects for your commercial building can seem cost-prohibitive. You have to spend time and money determining which projects will make the biggest impact, choose someone to complete your retrofit, and then fund the actual project. If your annual capital improvements budget is tight as it…

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Understanding the Difference Between ASHRAE Level 1, 2, & 3 Energy Audits

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Auditing your building’s energy usage is the first step to building a solid plan for improving energy efficiency. Without an energy audit, you may be spending money on projects you think are improving your building’s energy efficiency but that, in reality, aren’t really moving the needle that much. The American…

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4 Benefits of an Efficient Energy Audit for the Hospitality Industry

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In the hospitality industry, a massive amount of energy is expended each day. From all the lights and televisions in every individual room to the laundry facilities to clean towels and bedsheets, those thousands upon thousands of kilowatt hours add up. To keep your hotel profitable and environmentally responsible, you…

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