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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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What Is Performance Contracting?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 18, 2017 8:07:06 AM / by Scott Burrows posted in Metering, ECMs

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Energy Performance Contracting is an alternative financing option approved by the United States Congress. It is a way to finance Energy Conservation Measures (ECM's) using the potential savings of said ECM's to pay for the cost of the project itself. It is a very useful financing model, because you can avoid up front costs as the customer, and it will help to guarantee performance -- if there are no savings, the company doing the work does not get their money.

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Measurement & Verification: Does it Matter?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 15, 2017 2:00:00 PM / by Dan Lunt posted in ROI, Measurement & Verification, Energy Analytics, Energy Monitoring Systems, ECMs

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Evaluation, Measurement & Verification or simply Measurement & Verification ("M&V") is an increasingly important part of the energy manager's job responsibilities.

Millions of dollars are being spent on energy conservation measures ("ECMs"). These might include localized generation utilizing solar, wind or cogeneration

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7 Steps to Successfully Installing an LED Lighting Retrofit. Step 7

[fa icon='calendar'] May 18, 2017 2:00:00 PM / by Clayton Erekson posted in Measurement & Verification, LED, energy conservation, ECMs

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7 Steps to Successfully Installing an LED Lighting Retrofit. Step 6

[fa icon='calendar'] May 16, 2017 10:48:00 AM / by Clayton Erekson posted in LED, energy conservation, ECMs, energy management, Lighting

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Capture All Available Rebates & Incentives

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7 Steps to Successfully Installing an LED Lighting Retrofit. Step 5

[fa icon='calendar'] May 12, 2017 3:10:00 PM / by Clayton Erekson posted in LED, energy conservation, ECMs, Lighting

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The next step in the 7 steps to successfully installing an LED lighting Retrofit is probably the most obvious step in all of the 7 steps.

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7 Steps to Successfully Installing an LED Lighting Retrofit. Step 4

[fa icon='calendar'] May 11, 2017 10:58:00 AM / by Clayton Erekson posted in Utility Billls, Measurement & Verification, Energy Analytics, LED, ECMs, real-time metering

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Step IV: Create a Proper Baseline

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The Hidden Cost of Power Surges.

[fa icon='calendar'] May 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by Dan Lunt posted in Power Quality, Lighitng, ECMs

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I like to talk about power quality and energy management. It seems that I'm often harping on the hidden effects of all of the newer electronic components in lighting, motor controllers, controllers, computers, etc.

In my reading, I found this blog on power quality. It focuses on some of the issues with energy efficiency technologies. 

I thought you might enjoy seeing someone else's perspectives for a change.

Make sure you read the comments as that is where the real gems are found.

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7 Steps to Successfully Installing an LED Lighting Retrofit. Step 2.

[fa icon='calendar'] May 4, 2017 11:24:00 AM / by Clayton Erekson posted in LED, Lighitng, energy conservation, ECMs

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Step II: Investigate the possibility of removing fixtures and/or lamps.

Removing Fixtures

Often when new buildings are built, more fixtures are installed than necessary. This is especially true in office space buildings where tenant improvements have been done.  Often times when a tenant improvement is done, walls are built and or removed and the lighting does not match, this could cause fixtures to be placed in wrong spots or in useless areas.  

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7 Steps to Successfully Installing an LED Lighting Retrofit. Step 1.

[fa icon='calendar'] May 2, 2017 8:04:00 AM / by Clayton Erekson posted in LED, energy conservation, ECMs, Lighting

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When most companies think about implementing their first energy conservation measure, they immediately think about upgrading or retrofitting their lighting to new LED technology. This is because in most businesses in the US, lighting makes up almost 11% of their kWh usage.

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