Articles Tagged: Energy Efficiency

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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Building Automation in Retail: Cost Savings Are Only the Beginning!

Building Automation in Retail: Cost savings are only the beginning! Retailers worry about energy costs, and no wonder. In the U.S., the retail industry spends more on energy than any… Read more »

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Unleash the Service and Energy Efficiency Benefits of Variable Speed Drives (VSD)

Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) have proliferated and are now installed in large numbers throughout various industries.  According to the MarketsandMarkets research firm, the size of the global variable speed drives… Read more »

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IoT DIY: Putting Mobile App Design into Hands of Building Experts

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

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5 Ws (+ 1 H): Successful Sustainability Reporting this Spring

With deference to my colleagues in the Southern Hemisphere, I’d like to formally welcome the return of spring! (Rossini, anyone?) After another brutal winter for parts of Europe, the U.S…. Read more »

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Learn How to Calculate Your Data Center Power Requirements for Today and Tomorrow at Energy University

In my last post I discussed the free Schneider Electric Energy University course, “Calculating Total Cooling Requirements.” This time I thought I’d write about a companion course, “Calculating Total Power… Read more »

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Jeremy Rifkin Says China Can Lead the Third Industrial Revolution by Focusing on Renewable Energy

In a post a few months ago I mentioned Jeremy Rifkin, whose book “The Third Industrial Revolution” I found to be an insightful argument for how we need to move… Read more »

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About Energy Efficiency of Induction Motor Applications: Two Reasons to Choose a Variable Speed Drive (VSD).

Energy efficiency of an induction motor is a well established topic for academic as well as for industry. I will present in a series of posts on how VSD is… Read more »

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Capillary information: where ordinary systems fear to tread

“Capillary data acquisition.” Quite a mouthful, I admit. But the concept of “capillarity” is nothing new in botany or biology. And applied to information management, it’s apt. Why? Because “capillarity”… Read more »

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Back to School… and Smart City Fundamentals

Right about now many of us (in the Northern hemisphere) have returned from our summer vacations and are getting our children ready for a new year of learning. It’s a… Read more »

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Increase Efficiency in the Data Center with Power Audits

High density data centers can improve their power usage efficiency with judicious audits that quantify power usage effectiveness (PUE). Knowledge of PEU will help facility managers reduce costs, says James… Read more »

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GUEST POST: China at an Environmental Crossroads: Trends and Strategies – Part 2

In this guest post, we reconnect with Rosie Pidcock for an analysis of The China Greentech Report 2013. (You may want to read Part 1 if you missed it.) The… Read more »

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How to optimize your lab’s energy efficiency without compromising its compliance or safety

The mission of a laboratory is to conduct research, but as with any enterprise, energy efficiency affects the bottom line. Faced with the double imperative of reducing energy waste while… Read more »

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Is Your Energy Glide Slope Set for a Smooth Landing?

Glide slope is a term used to describe the path of flight that ensures a safe and successful landing for an airplane. It can also be used to describe a… Read more »

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Energy University: Helping Advance Careers with Education and Certification

  At the Xperience Efficiency 2013 event in early June in Washington, D.C., Schneider Electric announced that its Energy University program now has more than 350,000 registered users. At the… Read more »

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Learn What Makes for an Energy Efficient HVAC System at Energy University

Any facilities manager or data center operator knows that cooling accounts for a large chunk of annual operating expenses. It only makes sense, then, to understand how to build and… Read more »

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Healthcare Education for Facility Managers & their teams at no charge – CEU Credits from ASHE

As we begin the new school year and universities, high schools and grammar schools across the US are full of students beginning their classes, I am reminded about what we… Read more »

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Let us make the Planet Smarter, not Hotter

The International Energy Agency has come out with its World Energy Outlook 2013 projections. Each of the below imperative from the report should be  serious enough to make planners and… Read more »

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The Future is Bright for the Electricity Sector. Here’s Why

Written by: Francesco Starace: CEO and General Manager, Enel Group Jean-Pascal Tricoire: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Schneider Electric Look around. This decade has seen its fair share of rapid… Read more »

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Energy Efficiency for Financial People

Having spent many years promoting the benefits of energy efficiency within the industrial and commercial environment and the utilization of Variable Speed Drives in particular there has always been a… Read more »

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How big are Power line losses?

Electricity has to be transmitted from large power plants to the consumers via extensive networks. The transmission over long distances creates power losses. The major part of the energy losses comes… Read more »

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Electric Vehicles are Good for the Environment – and for the Concept of Smart Cities

Last week’s launch of the BMW i3, BMW’s first electric vehicle, is generating a fair amount of chatter among auto enthusiasts as well as folks who are simply concerned about… Read more »

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Top 5 Reasons Why ESCOs Have Failed to Realize the Full Potential of Energy Efficiency – Part II

Studies and analysis conducted by organizations and think tanks such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, International Energy Agency, Global Building Performance Network, and McKinsey among others have repeatedly highlighted the… Read more »

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Why venture capitalists see gold in energy management software

We all know about the global energy dilemma—by 2050 energy demand will double and so we must cut CO2 emissions by half. People understand that by hitting this target it… Read more »

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