Energy Efficiency

  • Nov 28, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    There's one thing you probably don't know about Apple. The information technology conglomerate was ranked 48th on Newsweek's Greenest Companies of America list this year. To put that in perspective, of the six million businesses registered in the United States, only 47 are considered "greener" than Apple. You've got to admit that's impressive.
  • Nov 14, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    To assist our readers who are looking to become experts at managing their facility's energy consumption, we turned to Hines Interests Limited Partnership, which has one particular technique that not only leads to lower energy bills, but also a personalized check in the mail.
  • Nov 13, 2014 | Katia Lundy
    Business leaders have traditionally focused on productivity, competition and the bottom line. But these days, they must also focus on what might now be their biggest cost - energy. And to do that, they need what is known as an energy management policy.
  • Nov 11, 2014 | Karen Wirth
    Many Americans know about the importance of saving energy and water. But few know about the drops-to-watts connection-that it takes energy to pump, heat, treat, and deliver the water we use every day for showering, bathing, cooking, and cleaning. In fact, homes with electric water heaters spend one-fourth of their total electric bills just to heat water.
  • Nov 10, 2014 | Matthew Cohen
    Matthew Cohen, Energy Management Practice Leader with DRI, interviews Jon Hilberg, President & CEO of KMC Controls, who talks about new technology and talent acquisition in the Building Automation space.
  • Nov 06, 2014 | Katia Lundy
    Don't look now, but your energy bill is going to be about two percent higher than it was last year, according to the Federal Energy Information Administration. The rise is attributed to higher costs of fuels used in energy generation. But maybe it's better that you do look, and closely, too, because there are plenty of ways to trim down your energy bill.
  • Oct 03, 2014 | Fiona Jameson
    Owning a business can be an expensive venture and when you're just starting out as a small business bills for electricity, water, the Internet, phone lines etc. can rack up pretty quickly so it's always a smart idea to try and cut costs wherever you can. After all every little bit helps.
  • Sep 26, 2014 | Thomas Yoder, PhD
    Many people value outside-the-box thinking, especially for its ability to see a new pathway forward. If you find yourself lacking in innovation, try implementing a disciplined approach to analyzing the order of things. What was once hidden may now be seen. A house may become a device, and so too a substation.
  • Oct 02, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    It may be the most perplexing problem facing utilities that implement residential energy efficiency programs: Why don’t more homeowners take advantage of what is essentially a free pot of money?

  • Sep 30, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In this case, we’re not talking MaRS as in the fourth planet from the sun—although this MaRS is also an interesting slice of science learning, just like the planet. And our MaRS is not in outer space—although it is in a bit of urban space elbowed out of the city of Toronto. What is this MaRS exactly, then? 

  • Sep 23, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    The evolution of the utility industry has been pretty stagnant over the last hundred years or so. Power plants generate the electricity, it gets sent to your house through a network of wires and transformers, and the utility company sends you a bill every month.
  • Sep 19, 2014 | Richard Ware
    For those who have been watching the ongoing climate debate about global warming, the increasingly hot summer months are a poignant reminder of that phenomenon whenever the monthly power bill arrives in the mailbox.
  • Aug 29, 2014 | Ron Patch
    Even to people with no HVAC knowledge, it is obvious that the large air conditioning units in stores, factories and other large single zone HVAC applications consume massive amounts of energy. It's also intuitive that the more efficient each unit is, the lower the energy cost. However - even among HVAC industry engineers - accurately projecting these savings is a complicated endeavor. It can be done but requires a considerable amount of time and effort.
  • Aug 25, 2014 | Bennett Fisher
    Tools like ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager and accompanying benchmarks like energy use intensity (EUI) have long been the most common way to target energy efficiency opportunities in commercial building portfolios. But, while both are easily accessible and provide well-recognized starting points to compare buildings' efficiency, they are only that - a starting point.
  • Aug 11, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    China's now the largest energy producer and the largest energy consumer in the world, overtaking the U.S., finally, in areas like oil, coal and natural gas—and, of course, they’ve been the largest power generator around the globe since 2011. If you know nothing else about the Chinese power powerhouse, here are 5 facts to start a watercooler conversation today.

  • Aug 06, 2014 | Jessica Lorentz
    Elevations Credit Union (ECU) is currently monitoring energy usage for eight electric meters in four buildings using a dashboard format offered by Power Takeoff. The dashboard reports energy usage data at the end of the billing cycle for the previous month and also reports 15 minute interval data.
  • Jul 25, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    The summer is here and vacations are being planned. Whether it's a family trip to a local beach, visiting relatives out of state, or a trip to Disneyland, families everywhere are eager to get out and enjoy this great time of year. With endless lists and preparations to take care of, it's easy to let energy efficiency take a back seat. But be proactive! A few simple modifications can really make a difference.
  • Jul 22, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    As the smart city concept evolves, utilities will—by necessity—be taking the lead on many projects. Keeping that evolution in mind, Intelligent Utility has been quietly building you a smart cities library where you can access ideas, insights and project details on what’s happening within the smart city space.

  • Jul 15, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Dr. Victor M. Larios, a professor at the University of Guadalajara and the chair of the IEEE Smart City Initiative Pilot in Guadalajara, Mexico, gives details and highlights.