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Greek Philosophers, Radial Tires and HVAC Game Changers. Say What?

Posted by Robert Chiste on Aug 11, 2017 9:41:07 AM

Somewhere around 500 BC the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, who is known for his doctrine of change being central to the universe, made a profound statement that is still often quoted: “The only thing that is constant is change.”

As business leaders, we are all too familiar with this adage because we deal with change every day, and our ability to anticipate and manage change often underpins the continued survival of the organizations that we lead.

Change takes place along a spectrum ranging from evolutionary to revolutionary.  Evolutionary change is often imperceptible until one steps back and views the change or transformation over a long period of time. Evolutionary change could be viewed as “change on the edges” – changes needed just to remain competitive.

Revolutionary change on the other hand can be disruptive to an entire industry and almost instantly result in winning and losing participants in that industry.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, HVAC efficiency, HVAC Control, Building automation, Demand Response, Electricity Demand Management

Practical Demand Management – Going Beyond HVAC Control

Posted by Encycle on Jul 12, 2017 1:40:29 PM

Demand charges, determined by the maximum amount of power you draw at any given time (typically measured over any 15-minute period during the month), can account for 50 percent or more of a commercial customer’s electricity bill.  Demand management systems aim to either curtail your load during that anticipated peak period or spread your load more evenly.  This, in turn, reduces peak demand and, hence, your power bill.  If your organization participates in a demand response (DR) program, your ability to control demand is even more important as you can be heavily penalized for failing to meet your obligations when a DR event is called.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, HVAC efficiency, HVAC Control, Demand Response, Electricity Demand Management