Efficient energy use, sometimes simply called energy efficiency, is the goal to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services. For example, insulating a home allows a building to use less heating and cooling energy to achieve and maintain a comfortable temperature. Installing fluorescent lights , LED lights or natural skylights reduces the amount of energy required to attain the same level of illumination compared with using traditional incandescent light bulbs. Compact fluorescent lights use one-third the energy of incandescent lights and may last from 6 to 10 times longer. Improvements in energy efficiency are generally achieved by adopting a more efficient technology or production processes or by application of commonly accepted methods to reduce energy losses.
The common denominator among those employing energy management approaches is rising energy costs, points out Damian Smith, president/chief engineer for Total Energy Concepts. “It’s a hot topic as far as financials go, because it’s a direct expense that affects the bottom line,” he says. “When your costs go up on
Energy Trust of Oregon announced today the winner of its first ever Net Zero Fellowship award. Brightworks Sustainability, one of the first sustainability consulting firms in the United States, will receive $37,000 to conduct innovative research on incorporating advanced energy efficiency in commercial buildings.
The Net Zero Fellowship aims to accelerate
The project–the largest performance contract in Air Force history–is expected to save Air Force more than $626 million in energy and operational costs over the life of the contract
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and the US Air Force this week announced a $243 million facility modernization project at Tinker Air Force
It really depends on your definition of cost effective. If you just look at saving energy with many of currently available, very efficient, and low-wattage LED products, you may find that the answer is often, “no.” This includes many applications where controls were cost effective, saving energy with previous LED
Screven Elementary School in Sylvania, GA, is a 143,000-square-foot facility built in 1989. When the facility was partially renovated in 2002, a dated and inefficient HVAC system remained.
When the pipes of the original water-source heat pump deteriorated, William Bland, superintendent of the Screven County School System, realized action was needed
RICHMOND, Calif., August 2, 2016: Leading the charge to bring dynamic energy storage to both utilities and facilities with large refrigeration needs, Axiom Exergy has raised $2.5 million from notable investors including the Element 8 Fund, Victory Capital, the MIT Angels, angel investors on the Propel(x) platform, the Sierra Angels,
Ever since he was enlisted by his father and grandfather to help out with their construction business’ electrical tasks, Jeff Dummermuth has been intrigued by saving energy. That includes keeping tabs on everything from the low-hanging fruit of lighting efficiencies to the larger efforts encompassed in an energy management system. Dummermuth now does
Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the September/October 2014 edition of Business Energy.
Usually HVAC systems and lighting are the first places most people think to start when it comes to improving energy efficiency in hospitals and health care facilities. These are, indeed, critical elements of the journey; however, one