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Does Your Big Screen TV Equal Big Power Consumption?

The average American household has four or more television (TV) sets, according to a Nielson survey; there are now more than 115 million TV homes. Moreover, today’s high-definition, liquid crystal display (LCD), plasma and light-emitting diode (LED) flat-screen models are much thinner and lighter than the older, cathode ray tube (CRT) models, requiring no more […]

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Quick Tips for Lowering Natural Gas Use in Food Service Facilities

Key Points Operational changes and low-cost retrofits can mean significant energy-cost savings in the kitchen. Dishwashing is the most significant use of hot water in a typical restaurant setting. HVAC accounts for nearly 28 percent of a typical restaurant’s energy expenses. In a typical restaurant, food preparation is responsible for more than 50 percent of all natural […]

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Computerized Maintenance Management Saves Time and Energy

Key Points CMMS programs automate many of the logistics functions performed by maintenance staff. Benefits of a CMMS include elimination of paper work, improved tracking, and real-time reporting. A CMMS can be integrated with an energy management system to identify and perform maintenance tasks that save energy. Proper maintenance is critical to optimizing performance and extending […]

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What Can You Do with a $1’s Worth of Energy?

Paying for utilities isn’t like shopping at the grocery store. When you buy a pound of beef, you know precisely what you are getting, but energy can seem like just another bill to pay. Sure, you understand that energy heats and cools your home, fuels your appliances and powers your TV and electronic devices; but […]

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How To Use a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is one of the most affordable and effective ways to save energy in your home. It will allow you to reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 15 percent for a small investment. For optimum performance, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s installation guidelines and use instructions. Installing a programmable […]

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Economizers Provide Free Cooling

Key Points Economizers save energy by bringing in outside air to supplement or replace mechanical cooling. Dry-bulb controls sense only temperature, while enthalpy controls sense temperature and humidity. A properly operating economizer can reduce cooling energy costs as much as 10 percent. Summer air conditioning is a significant operating expense for most facilities. For operations […]

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Intelligent LEDs: A Brighter Lighting System

Key Points Intelligent LED lighting systems include sensors, power monitoring and networked communications. LED lights are dimmable and restart immediately, making them good candidates for intelligent control. Intelligent LED systems can reduce energy and maintenance costs through controlling and tracking. Light-emitting diode (LED) lamps are more energy efficient and longer lasting than conventional lighting technologies. […]

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Water Conservation is Making a Splash!

Water is something we often take for granted, but the truth is clean, healthy water is not an endless resource. The average American home uses 350 gallons of water per day or 127,000 gallons per year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This results in water bills of $500 per year or more. […]

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Go With the Flow: Circulating Fans Save Energy

Go With the Flow: Circulating Fans Save Energy Key Points Air circulation saves energy year-round by reducing the need for space heating and cooling. In summer, moving air creates a wind chill effect, making building occupants feel more comfortable. In winter, ceiling fans save on heating costs by creating a more uniform building temperature. Circulating […]

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