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5 Ways to Kill Your PACE Project in 2020

Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 02:03 / by Jim Newman posted in solar, PACE, energy efficiency, Energy Savings, energy efficient lighting, energy conservation


Updated from “5 Ways to Kill Your PACE Project,” January 2017

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Why Not to Do the Easy Energy Efficiency and HVAC Fixes

Thu, Apr 03, 2014 @ 01:30 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, Commercial Building, bEQ, Building Energy Quotient, ASHRAE, Energy Savings, Energy Audit, Retro-commissioning, energy efficient lighting


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3 Ways to Get the Best Value From Solar

Tue, Mar 25, 2014 @ 03:10 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, bEQ, solar, ASHRAE, renewable energy, Sustainability, Energy Savings, Energy Audit, energy efficient lighting


sun with billboard2The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) predicts another growth spurt for 2014. Not surprising, as solar power grew 40% in 2013 and prices keep coming down.

If you’re thinking about jumping on the bandwagon – good for you! Solar is a great investment in the future of our planet. But before you go solar, it is important to be sure you are ready for it. We’ve seen too many companies get all excited about renewable energy and then spend more money than they need to, or not get as much benefit as they could, because the building is not energy efficient. 

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Top 5 Areas a Commercial Building Energy Audit Needs to Address

Sun, Jul 28, 2013 @ 10:18 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, IAQ, saving water, Energy Savings, Energy Audit, energy efficient lighting


So you want to have an energy audit on your building. You have carefully screened your provider (see our document on questions to ask), and you have management buy-in to have an audit done. You also collected all the information the auditor requested. (Note: if the auditor does not ask you for any information in advance, for example, a minimum of three years of utility records, you are not likely to receive a thorough analysis.)

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