No matter your industry, setting kilowatt hours (kWh) savings goals can make a big difference to the efficiency of your facilities. Part of our work as an energy engineering firm is to help identify, set and exceed kWh savings goals on behalf of our customers.
Three affiliated hospitals in Connecticut have recently qualified for over $3,200,000 of electric and gas utility incentives. The energy efficiency project that achieved these numbers resulted in just a 2-year payback. To get to this point however, those affiliated hospitals needed to understand the complexities of the state’s utility incentive programs to find the most benefit.
Topics: Utility Incentives
An Interview with Bob Masland, Business Development Manager of Controls Solutions, Fairbanks Energy Services
Why is a controls system not working right? While we can’t immediately answer that due to the complexity and variables of controls implementations, this is the question that gets Bob Masland excited to go to work every day. Bob recently joined the Fairbanks Energy Services team as our Business Development Manager of Controls Solutions.
Winter means colder temperatures, especially in locations across the U.S. like the Midwest and Northeast. And with those colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours, it can take a lot of energy to keep buildings warm, comfortable, and well lit. See this energy efficiency checklist for what to monitor this winter to ensure your buildings run efficiently.
Energy efficiency was top of mind for many jurisdictions in 2018. Whether the underlying reason was to address climate change issues, prod more action from the federal government, or to save money on energy costs, these initiatives benefit millions of people with improved local energy efficiency efforts.
Topics: Energy Efficiency
Energy consumption in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors is significant. In fact, because of higher standards for environmental conditions, the overall energy usage intensity (EUI) for pharmaceutical plants is fourteen times higher than other types of manufacturing facilities: The average commercial office building built after 2000 has an average EUI of 81.4 kBtu/sq. ft. (257 kWh/m2), while the average pharmaceutical plant has an EUI of 1,210 kBtu/sq. ft. (3,819 kWh/m2).
In the U.S., higher education facilities spend an average of $1.10 per square foot on electricity costs, 31% ($0.34) of which are lighting costs. In most colleges and universities, laboratory and residential buildings are the biggest energy users. At Harvard University, for example, while laboratory buildings make up only 22% of the buildings on campus, they use 49% of the total energy; residential buildings and dorms account for 18% of the university’s energy consumption.
Manufacturing facilities use a tremendous amount of energy – for heating and cooling, lighting, and operating equipment. In fact, the industrial sector of the US economy, which includes manufacturing, used about 1/3 of all the energy consumed in the US in 2017. That amounts to $200 billion each year that manufacturers spend to heat, cool, and light their facilities and operate their equipment.