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What you need to know before you hire an ESCO.

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 10, 2017 10:42:00 AM / by Scott Burrows posted in Energy Analytics, ECMs, ESCO

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What is an ESCO?

An ESCO, is an Energy Service Company.

Energy saving is an extremely hot topic in today’s world. Be it for saving money or for saving the planet, the desire to save energy is forefront in the minds of people all over the planet. An ESCO attempts to provide you with strategies and tools to help you meet whatever your energy saving goals are. There are many advantages to having an ESCO perform this type of work, but there are also disadvantages. We will go over a few of each in this post, to give you an understanding of both some pros and some cons.

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Virtual Energy Manager A White Paper

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Scott Burrows posted in energy management, Virtual Energy Manager

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Introduction

Have you ever wondered about your energy consumption? Why is it so high? Why am I paying what I am paying? How do I reduce my energy consumption? What impact does my energy consumption have on the world around me? These, and many more, are all questions you have asked if you are the one paying the bills and worrying about reducing costs. As we continue to progress and develop more technologies to make our lives better and more efficient, energy needs and more importantly costs, will continue to rise. Many companies do not have the time or resources to address these issues. The reality is, energy has high costs associated with it, but you need to consume energy, there is no way around it. To add to the confusion, many people are trying to sell you some device or system that fixes whatever energy problems they have determined you have. Which of your options are the most productive and useful for your facility, with the best ROI, ranging from an LED lighting retrofit to a Solar System installation, knowing where to start can be a daunting, if not impossible task to take on.

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Join Summa Energy at Energy Exchange 2017

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 4, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Clayton Erekson posted in Trade Shows

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We are pleased to announce that Summa & Vitality have been invited to attend Energy Exchange 2017 as a special guest of one of partner companies, Obvius Holdings.

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Summa Energy Solutions & Vitality Energy: Our Story... So Far.

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 2, 2017 4:00:00 PM / by Clayton Erekson posted in Energy Consumption, energy management, Energy Leadership, Virtual Energy Manager

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Vitality Energy was originally formed as Summa Energy Solutions by my co-founder Christopher Atkins. Like most business ideas, Summa was born out of necessity. At the time Chris was working as a controls operator at the University of Utah.

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Why Virtual Energy Managers Can Save Companies Thousands.

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 1, 2017 2:00:00 AM / by Clayton Erekson posted in energy management, real-time metering, Virtual Energy Manager

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Business today is changing rapidly. They way we conducted business ten years ago looks and sounds completely outdated compared to how we conduct business today. In today's business everything is virtual, we now have virtual office spaces, outsourced CFO's and virtual assistance. In the same way sales professionals can now close sales without the need to travel across the country.

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An Energy Managers View on Benchmarking.

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 26, 2017 4:00:00 PM / by Christopher Atkins posted in energy management, Benchmarking

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In a recent study, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that buildings that were benchmarked consistently reduced energy use by an average of 2.4 percent per year, for a total savings of 7 percent. And, buildings that started out as poor performers saved even more.

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Distributed Energy & Our Grid

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 24, 2017 2:00:00 PM / by Clayton Erekson posted in Energy Analytics

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In recent years more and more Americans are making the decision to switch to distributed energy sources. The rise of these technologies in the last couple of years has been influenced by a number of different factors, including the rising cost of power and the lowering cost of hardware components such as solar.

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Energy Prediction and Being Pro-Active With Energy Management

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 21, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Scott Burrows posted in Energy Analytics, real-time metering, Virtual Energy Manager

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William Edwards Deming once said, "Management is not playing games; management is prediction". This quote, describes perfectly, a vital aspect in the goal to manage your energy consumption and, by managing it, reduce it. The ability to understand your energy consumption, and then be able to predict future usage, is absolutely necessary, if you wish to reach your goals.

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Load Balancing: Why and How?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 20, 2017 3:25:45 PM / by Dan Lunt posted in Demand, Energy Monitoring Systems, Energy Savings, Load Balancing

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The importance of balance comes up in many contexts these days. Behavioral professionals speak of work-life balance. Mechanical engineers employ counter balancing shafts in motorcycle engines to reduce vibration. Airlines carefully fill seats to assure that the airplane's balance point is preserved.

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Utah National Guard: Knowing Their Energy

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 19, 2017 2:09:00 PM / by Scott Burrows

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The Utah National Guard (UNG), began their metering efforts by trying to meet a mandate of the State to have every buildings of 3000 sq/ft, or larger, metered at every major utility point for that building. Summa Energy Solutions was hired to oversee the project, and its first phase of implementation. The UNG is very large, and has several buildings all across the state. The first phase was performed at Camp Williams, in Bluffdale, Utah.

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