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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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Clean Up with These Energy-Saving Laundry Tips

The average American household washes 400 loads of laundry per year, using about 40 gallons of water for a single load. Washing and drying your clothes more efficiently can reduce your water and energy use significantly. Eight energy-saving laundry tips Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. Unless you are dealing with oily stains, a […]

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LEDs: Shedding Light on the Hype

LEDs are hailed as the latest in energy-efficient lighting technology, but are not often understood. An LED is a chemically treated silicone chip that releases energy in the form of a light photon. Barriers to widespread use of LEDs in general lighting applications include cost and technology. Light-emitting diode (LED) technology has been the focus […]

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Indoor Lighting: Ten Money-Saving Tips

Lighting is critical for comfort and security, but it can account for up to 15 percent of your annual electricity costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Reducing lighting energy use is one of the fastest and most effective ways to lower your utility bill. There are a number of things you can do […]

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