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  • Turn Off VAVs, Turn Up Energy Savings

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    Energy managers like to say that equipment uses the least amount of energy when it is turned off. But, for variable-air-volume boxes (VAVs) it would be more accurate to say that when VAVs are turned off, they allow other equipment to use less energy. VAVs are...

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  • Nickels in the Couch and Other Undiscovered Savings

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    Sofa change, couch money, whatever you call it, it’s not very sexy.  Actually, rooting around between the couch cushions can be downright gnarly (depending on the couch owner, of course).  While television advertisers lead us to believe that the ideal use for this “found money” is...

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  • All That Glitters Is Not LEED Gold

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    In many cities, there stands a mass of steel and concrete that is also a thing of beauty – coveted for its dual-pane windows and variable frequency drives; beloved for its solar co-generation and its minimal carbon footprint. It’s the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental...

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  • How SHIFT Energy is Changing the World

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    In every time of need, there are those who see the challenge and rise to meet it. The people who listen fully, and then stop focusing on the problem and start focusing on the solution. Behind SHIFT Energy is a group of entrepreneurs who’ve had repeated...

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  • The Automation of Savings Persistence: Beyond What’s “Humanly Possible”

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    There’s no question that energy efficiency is no longer a “flash in the pan” movement. No matter what utility rate facility owners are charged these days, there’s a near 100% probability it will be higher next month, next quarter, and definitely by next year. “Demand ratchets”...

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  • Big data…so what?

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    Cloud computing and the associated reductions in the cost of cloud computing have given way to big data.  Lots of it – so what?  With that has come big data analytics.  The days of limited server space and limited rows on a spreadsheet are a thing...

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  • The Energy Efficient Path

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    Note: This article originally appeared on Energy Manager Today on August 18, 2014. Getting from point A to point B sounds like a simple task.  Well, it used to be. If we use the analogy of a vehicle, we would historically have planned a journey by thinking...

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  • Coincident Peak and Your Electricity Costs

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    Note: This article originally appeared on Energy Manager Today on August 12, 2014. What’s driving your electrical energy spend?  It depends on the rate that you have negotiated with your utility provider.  It’s important to understand this since your electricity costs are typically six-times greater than...

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