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Partner Up for Profit: Working With an ESCO

September 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Feature writing, Writing

With commercial and residential business still lagging in many parts of the country, electrical contractors seeking a bottom-line boost may find better luck in municipal and institutional projects. Owners in this sector often are more concerned about lowering long-term operating costs than short-term payback and are investing in large-scale energy-efficiency upgrades. But your entry into [...]

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Take a Load Off: Taming the Plug Load

June 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Feature writing, Writing

“Plug load” is the hot topic in the energy-efficient building design field these days. Unlike insulation, multipane windows and improved heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) performance, this energy-efficiency strategy directly affects the work of electrical contractors. Contractors who work in the commercial sector, especially, will be hearing the term repeatedly. Read this article as it [...]

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Giving Efficiency Its Due

June 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Feature writing

Energy efficiency is often the ugly stepsister in alternative-energy conversations because quantifying its potential effect is difficult; how do we determine the real value of all those avoided kilowatt-hours? Two current efforts to answer this question are drawing on a fast-growing digital resource—data—and they could help decision-makers compare and document efficiency’s environmental value against other [...]

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Opportunities Growing for Green-Roof Design

November 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Uncategorized, Writing

The motivation for incorporating green roofs into commercial building plans has evolved in the almost two decades since the technology made the move to the United States from Europe. New water-runoff rules could see their fortunes rise even higher, as municipalities strive to meet tightened clean-water requirements. This article originally ran in the November 2011 [...]

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The Water-Energy Nexus

October 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Looking to cut back on your energy use? Try watering the grass a day or two less each week. And you say water efficiency is becoming more important to you? Try turning off a few lights and setting back the air conditioning. As environmentalists, regulators and electric utilities are beginning to recognize, water and energy [...]

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Clean up on Aisle 9: Supermarkets Line Up for Efficiency-Boosting Fuel Cells

October 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Walk into your local supermarket in mid-August, and the electricity consumption surrounds you. The combination of overhead lighting, air conditioning, cooler refrigeration and all those freezer compartments make that round-the-corner temple to the food pyramid (or the new food plate) one of the biggest energy hogs in town. To help manage high operating costs and [...]

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Holy Texting Refrigerators, Batman!

September 5th, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

While the full deployment of the smart electric meters required to enable your utility to dial back appliance operation remotely is several years away, manufacturers now are outlining the full array of functionality more intelligent appliances could offer. For example, your refrigerator could text you when the door has been left open. Before you roll [...]

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