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August 3rd, 2016 High Performance Portfolio – Briefings & Templates from Better Bricks

Quick overviews detailing the interactions between energy and commercial real estate, these briefs and templates will help you to digest the essential facts and take action. Organized according to the High Performance Portfolio Framework, look below to find the information you require: Assess Energy Management Checklist Carbon, Energy, and Your Building Green Building Rating Systems Commit Sample Energy Management Policy (Template) Energy Efficiency: Myths & Misperceptions Plan Organizational […]

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July 29th, 2014 How demand response programs work

  When you flip a light switch, you expect your lights to turn on right away. Electricity usually stored anywhere, which means your utility has to produce electricity right when it’s needed. When electric demand goes up and down, your utility must match it in real time or risk power outages or wasteful over-production. Power […]

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July 29th, 2014 Finding a demand response solutions provider

In contrast to other commodities that can be stored, electricity has to be consumed at about the same time as it is generated. Therefore, matching the demand and supply for electricity, at any given point in time, is critical for power generation. Traditionally, a large part of this real-time matching was accomplished by having surplus […]

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July 29th, 2014 Download sample documentation for energy management best practices

Sample energy management best Practices Please click on the links listed below to get examples of energy management best practices. BSR: Energy Management Handbook U.S. Dep. of Energy: Federal Energy Management Program Carbon Trust: Energy Management McKinstry EEM: Best Practices for Energy Management   Efficient buildings – from insight to action.  

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July 29th, 2014 Eliminating “vampire power”

Vampire power (aka ‘standby power’, ‘phantom load’) is defined as the use of electricity or natural gas to provide a continuous energy supply to our favorite appliances and other products between uses. In 2010, it was estimated that 10% of all power used in the U.S. was attributed to vampire power. Millions of dollars and […]

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July 29th, 2014 Finding hidden printer and copier energy use

Path 1: Printer/Copier Energy Usage By: Grumman/Butkus Associates Introduction “Print less, save energy” Congratulations on being a part of the Green Office Challenge! As part of the Challenge you have most likely already tried to reduce paper usage through printer/copier settings and computer printing settings. You may even already track your paper usage and advertise […]

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July 29th, 2014 Download the Energy Hogs Calculator (Excel)

The Energy Hogs Calculator (shown on the right) is an Excel spreadsheet designed to illustrate the environmental impact associated with turning off common appliances within your office when not in use. To use the calculator, you’ll also need a Kill-A-Watt device, which is available for purchase online for about $20, or a Belkin Conserve Insight […]

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July 29th, 2014 How energy deregulation works

Deregulation began in the late 1990s and is now offered in more than a dozen states. In a deregulated market, the utility no longer owns power plants nor profits by selling you energy. Instead, utilities profit from the delivery of energy to your business. Alternative energy suppliers (“retail providers”) operate in deregulated markets by purchasing […]

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July 29th, 2014 How solar PV works

Solar Photovoltaics (PV) is the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity at the atomic level. Some materials (semiconductors such as silicon) exhibit a property known as the photoelectric effect that causes them to absorb photons of sunlight and release electrons. The solar panel converts these photons into electrons of direct current (DC) electricity. The electrons […]

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July 29th, 2014 How submetering works

Submetering is the installation of code-compliant metering devices to measure actual energy consumption after the primary utility energy meter. Submetering allows you to monitor energy usage for individual tenants, departments, pieces of equipment or other loads individually to account for their actual energy usage. How submetering works The following are basic steps for submetering implementation. […]

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