Our homes, businesses, schools and governments collectively consume more than 70 percent of the natural gas and electricity generated in the country. Improving energy efficiency in these areas is one of the most constructive, cost-effective ways to address the challenges of high energy prices, energy security and independence, air pollution, and global climate change.
The 1973 oil embargo and succeeding energy crisis led people to think differently about how the United States uses energy. It exposed the country to global vulnerability because of unstable energy supplies and, combined with other factors, ushered in a period of high inflation. During this time, prices of energy and various material commodities rose greatly, which triggered fears that an era of resource scarcity with economic, political, and security stresses had begun.
Fairbanks Energy Services Announces Silver Sponsorship of 451 Research's Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit
Fairbanks Energy hosted our first Charity Golf Invitational this August at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, MA. Funds from the tournament supported our 2017 Tournament selected charity, the Association of Amputee Surfers. AmpSurf™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to Promote, Inspire, Educate, and Rehabilitate (PIER) all people with disabilities and their families through adaptive surfing and other outdoor activities.
Can you believe we are already approaching Labor Day Weekend? The month of August flew by for Fairbanks Energy! We sponsored a Polo Tournament, bonded as a team during our company boat cruise, and volunteered with the non-profit organization, AmpSurf. View some pictures from each of the events below.
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In recent years, building management systems (BMS) have become smart and as a result, the Internet of Things is a topic being discussed by facility managers with greater frequency. As the industry has expanded, people are more aware of control systems and how they function than ever before, but the idea of a BMS is not a new concept. They have gradually evolved over the last 50 plus years into the advanced systems we increasingly depend on and thanks to a variety of new technological advancements, today’s smart building technology is influencing BMS development like never before.
A dense data center does not inherently mean that it will have greater efficiency (typically, quite the opposite is true). However, implementing increased efficiency measures is necessary to the operation of these facilities as the trend of environments increasing in density continues across the industry.
Tier II and Tier III markets are experiencing a rise in hosting demand as content moves to the edge. These smaller facilities in outlier locations extend the “edge” of the Internet further from the traditional Internet hubs such as New York City or Silicon Valley and provide low-latency access for local users.
School's out for the summer! With college campuses emptying for the next few months, there is more time for staff to focus on other important aspects of the school, like saving money and energy. In fact, college and university campuses are among the most energy-intensive property types in the world and the summer break is a good time for facility managers to consider starting an energy efficiency project.
This blog post is an excerpt from "The Missed Investment: How College and University Endowment Funds Can Achieve the Highest and Safest Return" by Peter Fairbanks, President of Fairbanks Energy Services.
In the last 3-4 years there has been a significant movement to invest in green improvements on college and university campuses. Being among the most energy-intensive property types in the world, there are numerous opportunities for efficiency projects that address lighting, building system controls, chilled water systems, steam systems and more that have simple paybacks after utility incentives of about 2 to 3 years. Implementing these solutions will help campuses reduce their overall carbon footprint, lower energy costs, and promote a sustainable future in surrounding communities.