Articles Tagged: energy savings

Twin Wins: See How Prop 39 Projects Achieve Environmental AND Economic Gains

When Prop 39 (Clean Energy Jobs Act) funding enabled the Snowline Joint Unified School District to tackle some long overdue facility upgrades, Mike Schene talked about the win in terms… Read more »

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COP Calculation and Monitoring in HVAC Application

Part 1:  Basics & Traditional method (with sensor) COP stands for Coefficient Of Performance and indicates the efficiency of heating and cooling machines. The COP is defined by the ratio… Read more »

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All Systems Go: The Benefits of Intelligent Preventative Maintenance

“The whole system is down.” As a building manager, how many times have you heard this one and how many times was it actually true?  In all likelihood, you never… Read more »

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Meet The Edge, The World’s Most Sustainable Building

To catch a glimpse of the office of the future, check out The Edge in Amsterdam, a sustainable building that is not only a really inviting place to work, but… Read more »

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Elements of Power … Power Management for Buildings

This is the second post in The Impact of Power Management on Building Performance and Energy Costs series. In a recent post, I discussed the idea of adding power management… Read more »

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Empower Building Performance with Power Management

This is the first post in the The Impact of Power Management on Building Performance and Energy Costs series. Power management systems are often used in facilities such as hospitals… Read more »

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Fine-Tuning your Building Saves Energy

Things Change Buildings, systems and equipment change over time. Performance may decline. Components may break or fail. Other needs may arise. To deliver the desired results, everything needs maintenance. Technology… Read more »

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Municipalities and Schools Discover Hidden Benefits of Sustainability Planning

Recently, Dallas County, Texas, embarked on a $43 million sustainability plan that county Judge Clay Jenkins believes is a powerful economic driver for the community. For Texas’ second largest county,… Read more »

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3 Strategies for your Mission Critical Data Center During Consolidation

As an IT professional for the U.S. Government, your data center is atypical and your situation is unique. Charged with advancing and securing some of the most important missions in… Read more »

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Want Holistic HVAC and a More Effective BMS? Think Field Devices

With apologies to Aretha Franklin, it’s time to show valves, actuators and sensors a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T. These control devices are the key to a holistic heating, ventilation and air conditioning… Read more »

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Demand Response is Bigger than You Think

If you’ve been in the Demand Response Business since, oh, 2000 or so, it seems old hat. Never mind that Telecom deregulation took decades to deliver on its promises or… Read more »

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Shortening preparation time and reducing downtime in the pasteurization/sterilization process by optimizing control loop design

The pasteurization and sterilization processes are among the most important unit operations in food processing. They consist of heating the food to high temperature for a predefined length of time…. Read more »

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Some Data Centers Fail to Take Advantage of New ASHRAE Temperature Guidelines

Updated guidelines from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) now allow a wider band range for computer operation—from 64.4  F to 80.6 F—and the guidelines apply… Read more »

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The far-reaching benefits of smart metering

For many utilities, smart metering is a launching point for Smart Grid implementations, and is a means of increasing operational efficiency and energy savings. It can also have numerous benefits… 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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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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5 Ways to Reduce Data Center Water Consumption

We’ve been talking for years about conserving energy in data centers, and justifiably so, but more recently the idea of conserving water has been gaining attention as well. Saving water… Read more »

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Energy Enigma and Carbon Quagmire – Two Sides of the Same Coin?

According to International Energy Agency, the world consumed over 1500 Mtoe (Million tons of oil equivalent) of electricity in 2010 – out of which Industry used up almost 42%, Transport… 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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Funding the Unfunded: Energy Savings Performance Contracts for Federal Data Center Consolidation

2013 marks the third year of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) and inches agencies closer to its shared 2015 deadline with the coinciding Presidential Memorandum; disposing of unneeded… 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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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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3 Ways that Under-floor Cabling Causes Data Center Energy Loss

Raised floors are common in data centers, used to provide a space through which cool air is delivered to the data center. Unfortunately, the space under the raised floor is… 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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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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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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Do You Know the Obvious Weakness Hiding in Your Building Management System?

An effective building management system (BMS) requires vigilance, since the BMS is only as healthy as the equipment and sensors that compose them. If these devices fail, so does your… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: How it Works, the Solar Decathlon Microgrid

In my previous post you learned that 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… Read more »

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Should you focus on phantom power losses?

The other day I was talking to an administrator who is quite concerned about the energy waste across the college campus he manages. The example he kept going back to… Read more »

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Universities studying up on building data analytics

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation’s higher education institutions spend $14 billion annually on energy consumption—an expense that continues to rise while their budgets shrink. Universities are… Read more »

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