Turn Off VAVs, Turn Up Energy Savings

Turn Off VAVs, Turn Up Energy Savings

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 a type...
Nickels in the Couch and Other Undiscovered Savings

Nickels in the Couch and Other Undiscovered Savings

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...
All That Glitters Is Not LEED Gold

All That Glitters Is Not LEED Gold

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...
How SHIFT Energy is Changing the World

How SHIFT Energy is Changing the World

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 success by...