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Saving Energy Earns You Money

Posted by Robert Palmer on Sep 22, 2017 10:04:32 AM

Keeping up with all the changes occurring in the electric utility industry these days can become rather bewildering. Not only are of dozens of new “smart” and “connected” gadgets available (e.g., thermostats and meters), but also at least as many new, uber-cool software technologies for managing your energy use. And pricing structures for utility rates are also in a state of flux. For example, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently adopted radically new pricing structures for residential users and will surely be modifying industrial and commercial rate structures as well.

Generalizing what’s happening in California to the rest of the country, it looks like time-of-use (TOU) pricing is really becoming a “thing.” TOU pricing is similar to “demand” pricing, but is also distinctly different. TOU pricing rates vary based on the time of day and season, which more closely reflects the actual time-varying cost of electricity. It usually has a three-tier daily rate structure as well as seasonal rates.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, HVAC efficiency, HVAC Control, energy savings, building energy efficiency

The Zen of Synergy: Making Smart Thermostats Smarter

Posted by Ginger Juhl on Jun 15, 2017 2:20:00 PM

Have you ever had a sense that two things just naturally belong together?  Or that when they’re apart, something is missing?  For me, peanut butter and jelly are at the top of this list.  And then there’s red wine and chocolate, macaroni and cheese, fish and chips… I’m sensing from my examples that perhaps I should not have skipped lunch today.

But there are plenty of non-edible examples too: yin and yang, bow and arrow, needle and thread….  You get the picture: things that naturally click. 

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, HVAC efficiency, HVAC Control, building energy management, energy savings, Smart thermostat, energy conservation

Building a Baseline for Measuring HVAC Energy Savings

Posted by Robert Palmer on Jun 8, 2017 9:16:00 AM

 

Maybe you’ve been noticing with alarm the increase in your company’s electric utility bills over the past months, and perhaps you’re also becoming more carbon footprint conscious. Maybe you’re even the plant facilities engineer and have been told that you simply must do something to reduce utility costs. So what does a smart, responsible person do? 

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, HVAC efficiency, Building automation, building energy management, energy savings