Plug Load and a ‘Plug’ for ENERGY STAR®

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Bob Best
Energy and Sustainability Services

Where does all the energy in your workplace actually go?

One place is a thing called “plug load.” It’s all those appliances and devices plugged in around the office…computers, desk lights, printers, desk fans, vending machines, etc. In a typical workplace, these add up to about 20% of the electricity used.

One way to address “plug load” is with energy… Read More

7 Steps to Energy Management

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Wayne Alldredge
Energy and Sustainability Services

I get asked frequently about energy management and how to implement a program. I thought I would recommend to you my 7 Steps in getting your energy management program going.

Step 1: Develop a clear and consistent Conservation Directive from top Executive Management – Delivering consistent, simple objectives for workers to follow helps ensure continued energy management awareness and develops… Read More

The Hal 9000 is Here Today: Your Office Building

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Parker White
Energy and Sustainability Services

Imagine arriving at your office in the morning to find your workspace ready for you, with lighting and temperature as you prefer, and your computer turned on for use. Today’s intelligent building automation systems are bringing that scenario to life.

While today’s computer-controlled building systems have yet to reach the level of awareness of HAL 9000, the sentient computer in… Read More

Energy…Is there an Alternative?

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Dave GralnikPosted By:
Dave Gralnik
Energy and Sustainability Services

There are a lot of alternatives!

Not only are there a myriad of new energy sources, but purchasing options have grown exponentially.

Today, not only is solar a far more viable option economically, but there are “solar gardens” and “renewable energy farms” that eliminate the need to put panels on-site.

And, there are now a variety of ownership options of alternative… Read More

Could Less Light be Better?

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Bob Best
Energy and Sustainability Services



We still light up our workplaces as if we lived 50 years ago.

Older lighting systems, designed for paper-based reading tasks, were typically in the 750-1000 lux range. In fact, it was commonly believed that more light is always better.

Guess what?

It’s not the 1960s anymore. People are reading on things called computers, iPhones and iPads.  Over-illumination, particularly when combined with… Read More