Articles Tagged: Energy Efficiency

LEDs are highly energy efficient, but watch out for that first millisecond

Today’s light emitting diode (LED) technology is a marvel of model physics. LEDs for many years were relegated to use mostly as indicator lights and alpha-numeric displays, but now LED… Read more »

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Three Reasons Municipalities Have Trouble Saving Historic Buildings

You might not guess it from looking at the increasingly dilapidated state of some older city buildings, but these grand old structures are an asset worth saving. That’s because historic… Read more »

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Leveraging Data for Smarter Energy Management

With the proliferation of personal smart devices, we are beginning to make good use of data in our everyday lives – placing the world at our fingertips and bringing us… Read more »

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Three K-12 Schools Escaped the Deferred Maintenance Trap. Here’s How.

Faced with budget cuts and tax-weary voters, schools nationwide are struggling. In fact, K-12 schools need an additional $46 billion just to bridge the funding gap for deferred maintenance and… Read more »

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Making Custom Mobile App Development Manageable

Note: This is the third in a series of blogs about the functionality and potential of custom end user mobile apps for nontechnical owners or managers of commercial buildings. Most… Read more »

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Achieving Zero Net Energy Buildings

I’m fascinated with the idea of buildings that are energy neutral, meaning the renewable energy they generate is enough to meet their energy consumption needs. Also known as zero net… Read more »

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A Peek “Under the Hood” of the New High Precision Computer Room Air Conditioners

To a visitor who walks into a data center only once every 5 years, the computer room air conditioner (CRAC) units that line the perimeter may look remarkably the same… Read more »

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Energy Efficiency Funds City’s Economic Development Effort

One of the first questions we ask new clients is what they want to achieve for their communities. The answers are diverse, and often energy efficiency is not at the… Read more »

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Your Energy Bill: From Mystery to Major Savings

I have more than 30 years of utility bills at home. Every invoice since I’ve been a property owner. And despite being in the energy industry for the same amount… Read more »

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EcoXpert: Cultivating Collaboration and Innovation

In a fast-moving global economy, businesses need to adapt quickly when there is opportunity for technology to give them an advantage. Collaboration and innovation are essential in ensuring solutions that… Read more »

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Infographic: What Makes Energy University an Award-winning Education Program

As explained in a previous post, Schneider Electric’s free online education program, Energy University, was recently recognized with the prestigious Sustainable Energy Europe Award, presented during the EU Sustainable Energy… Read more »

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Money talks. Are you listening?

We listen attentively when it comes to our personal investments – negotiating the purchase price of our homes, choosing retirement accounts, or waiting for a big sale. For most people,… Read more »

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Water Use Cycle: As critical as Water Cycle itself

Water is as abundant as it is scarce! Of all the water available on earth, more than 99% is unusable by humans. Therefore, how we manage the usable part of… Read more »

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Can CAD drawings and Excel spreadsheets make perfect substitutes for DCIM?

By the end of March, it will be two years since the publication of David Cappuccio’s seminal Gartner white paper “DCIM: Going beyond IT” (amended March 28th 2010). Urging data… Read more »

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Do You Like a Challenge? Take this Ecological Footprint Quiz!

With Earth Day upon us, it’s a good time to ask a simple question: How energy efficient do you consider yourself? A few days ago, I would have rated myself a… Read more »

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Bringing Buildings up to ‘Internet of Things’ Speed

This is the fifth post in the Better Buildings Challenge Blog Series. A mere five years ago, the Internet of Things (IoT) was still just a trendy buzzword associated with a futuristic… Read more »

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Schneider Electric and Cisco are Natural Partners in Delivering the Internet of Things

In a previous post I touched on the partnership Schneider Electric has with Cisco aimed at helping customers build more efficient data centers.  As our two companies have gotten closer… Read more »

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4 Factors in Selecting a Home Office UPS

I work in a home office, in a town where power outages are not at all unusual. Just the other day a healthy thunderstorm rolled through in the early evening… Read more »

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Now, the MOST energy efficient houses on the planet!

Ever wonder if your house is outdated?  Believe me it is.  Even if you just built it.  Why am I so certain? We know the energy dilemma in front of… Read more »

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Next generation pasteurization…what if you could pasteurize water with light?

In 1862 a French chemist (Louis Pasteur) invented the process of pasteurization in which liquids such as milk were heated and then cooled, killing most bacteria and molds.  150 years… Read more »

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A kW saved is greater than a kW burned

The transition from hydrocarbon fuel sources to renewable energy sometimes overlooks the “fifth fuel”: energy efficiency. Two-thirds of energy is lost in the generation and transmission of electricity. Reducing demand… Read more »

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Facts & Stats – Global Warming 101

For several reasons it’s so important for organizations to do their part in helping to solve the energy dilemma – corporate social responsibility, reduced operational spending, public pressure, etc. But… Read more »

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The Electric Utility Paradox: The Most Effective Way to Create New Power Sources is to Consume Less Power

A statistic reported in July, 2013, in The Economist was mind-boggling: “America uses more energy for air conditioning than Africa uses for everything.” Africa has more than three times the… Read more »

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Congress Is Broken and Energy Efficiency Proves It

Previously described as “the little bill that could”, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392) has had a hard road. It started over three years ago when U.S…. Read more »

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The good, the bad and the ugly of Energy Benchmarking

Many corporations “benchmark” their performance on everything from stock price to marketing performance to operational efficiency. Benchmark is a common term used whenever we want to compare ourselves to another… Read more »

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How do you make your city a Smart City? It starts with Xperiencing Efficiency

By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will reside in our cities – a rapid migration which will push our urban centers to their seams and expanding our current… Read more »

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The impact of "Big Data" on energy and sustainability

How big is big data? Wikipedia defines big data as collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: What does it take to compete in the Solar Decathlon?

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams from around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. This year for the first time ever, the competition will take place at Orange County Great Park

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Intelligence, Connectivity, Efficiency – the new ICE Age in Energy Management!

Energy is needed everywhere – be it industry, agriculture, homes, buildings, infrastructure or services. Even as we grapple with the twin-headed monster of rising energy demand and ravaging carbon emission,… Read more »

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Four Reasons Why Energy Efficiency Programs Fail

So you’ve decided to take the initiative to achieve sustained energy savings at your organization. By addressing every source of electricity consumption through robust automation, comprehensive energy controls, and continuous… Read more »

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