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Understanding the Basics of Insulation

Insulation is a key element in maximizing energy efficiency and home comfort. R-value measures the level that insulation resists heat flow. There are three basic types of insulation; fiber, foam, and reflective. Insulation is arguably the most important element in achieving energy efficiency in your heating and cooling system and in maximizing home comfort. Primarily, […]

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What to Look for in Purchasing High-Efficiency Motors

High-efficiency motors use less energy and can save substantially on operating costs. Carefully assess your existing motors before replacing them with a higher efficiency model. A motor efficiency improvement program can help to reduce long-term operating costs and improve overall system performance. Motors consume about half of the energy used in commercial and industrial facilities. […]

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Developing Financing Strategies for Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficiency upgrades can result in energy cost savings of 35 percent or more. Financing options include energy performance contracts, lease-purchase agreements and more. Energy performance contracts are a popular option, helping municipalities across the country reduce energy costs. Energy can account for up to 10 percent of a local government’s operating budget, according to the […]

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Energy-Management Systems: Putting You in Control

Energy-management systems (EMS) can reduce energy consumption by 10 to 30 percent. EMS designs range from single-point control devices to complex, facility wide systems. An EMS can control lighting and HVAC systems, as well as manufacturing process equipment. Energy conservation is a team effort, but getting everyone to cooperate can be difficult. Lights are left […]

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Fast Facts on Mercury in Lamps and Bulbs

Fluorescent lamps represent about 80% of total mercury content in the lighting marketplace. Compact fluorescent lamps contain, on average, only 4 mg of mercury. Currently, there is no suitable substitute for mercury’s unique energy-efficient properties. Mercury is an essential ingredient in all energy efficient lighting technologies, including compact fluorescent bulbs. A typical fluorescent lamp is […]

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Analyze Your Compressed Air System for Energy Savings

A compressed air system analysis can identify opportunities to save energy and reduce operating costs. Compressed air needs are determined by the air quantity and quality required for reliable production. An action plan to improve overall system efficiency should include a continuous-improvement program. Used widely throughout industry, compressed air is often called the fourth utility. […]

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Commercial HVAC: Fifteen Energy-Saving Technologies

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) accounts for 51 percent of building energy use. New and existing HVAC technologies can save energy and reduce operating costs. Proper system upkeep and a well-maintained building envelope can optimize savings. Though critical to occupant comfort and employee productivity, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) use a significant […]

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Saving Energy on Computer & Office Equipment

Computers and office equipment are some of the fastest-growing sources of electricity consumption. Laptops use about ¼ the electricity of most desktop models. Energy use by office equipment is expected to grow by as much as 500% in the next decade. According to the US Department of Energy, computers and office equipment are some of […]

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See Your Business in a Whole New Light

Good outdoor lighting design can improve security and make your business stand out. Available lamp options vary in light output, color quality and lighting efficiency. Both the architectural style and the needs of the facility should be considered. Businesses are always looking for ways to make their facilities stand out. In addition to added security, […]

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