Energy Efficiency for School Districts
Drive positive change for school budgets
Energy efficiency and sustainability programs in school districts can have a significant positive impact on budgets and funding. Leverage energy savings into funds to improve the energy infrastructure of your district’s facilities. According to Xcel Energy:
Kindergarten through high school buildings in the U.S. spend an average of 67 cents per square foot on electricity and 19 cents per square foot on natural gas annually. In a typical school building, lighting, space heating, and water heating represent the bulk of total use, making those systems the best targets for energy savings.
Having systems in place to monitor energy use on an on-going basis is the key to identifying, controlling and reducing the amount of energy used annually. Also from Xcel:
Studies have shown that continuously monitoring a building’s energy systems can lead to reductions of 10 percent to 15 percent in annual energy bills. For the typical 100,000 square foot school building, that’s equal to about $14,000 in savings per year! Savings typically come from resetting existing controls to reduce HVAC waste while maintaining or even increasing comfort levels for occupants.
Innovative funding programs can help monetize future energy savings, allowing school districts and other educational systems to implement long-term energy efficiency updates to facilities. According to the U.S. Department of Energy:
K-12 schools and higher education institutions spend a combined $14 billion on utility costs annually. The education sector continues to balance aging facilities with deferred maintenance challenges, rising utility costs, limited budgets, workforce retention concerns, and an increasing demand for technology in the classroom. To address these challenges, schools are focusing on resiliency preparedness, leveraging creative funding mechanisms, implementing measures to reduce plug loads …
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Energy Savings for Facility Managers
BEST’s intuitive software monitors monthly usage per tenant and generates reports automatically. Tenant charges can then be based on extremely accurate readings of energy usage rather than simply according to square footage. Template reports populate automatically and can be customized with the facility owners’ branding, etc.
Improve accuracy and drive positive change in energy use:
Bill tenants according to energy use rather than square footage
Present a professional image to tenants
Avoid inaccuracies and disputes
Encourage tenants to drive down their bills
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Grocery and Convenience Stores
Reducing refrigeration costs
The cost for food retailers to operate refrigerator cases can be significant. Reducing the energy consumed by these units provides an opportunity to realize substantial savings, which can then be reinvested elsewhere in the company.
The key issue is that refrigeration units are set to a temperature to maintain via thermostat, and the compressor unit of that fridge is cycled on and off to maintain it. On the face of it, this is sensible. But what really matters – the air temperature in the cabinet, or the food temperature?
Crucially, the two are quite different – the thermodynamic properties of solid food differ substantially from that of air. So while the air may well need re-cooling, the food might well not. Much of the effort expended by your fridge is therefore wasted – attempting to keep cool food that is already happily at the desired temperature.
Intelligent refrigeration control to reduce energy costs
Refrigeration accounts for around 20% of the world’s energy consumption. It is a huge drain on global energy resources and we have the product to reduce it substantially – CUES.
Achieve High Energy Savings: CUES could save your business up to 33% on its refrigeration costs, with often less than a 2-year payback period.
Accurate Temperature Control: Maintain the temperature of your food, not your fridge. CUES accurately maintains the only temperature figure that matters!
Equipment Performance, Reliability and Longevity: Reduce the burden on your refrigeration units, increase their performance and extend their life-cycle with a simple, easy-to-install product.
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Sustainability for Manufacturers
End-to-end energy saving for industrial applications
See, analyze and understand your energy consumption across an unlimited number of sites, then act to reduce it with behavior modification and two effective, proven technologies in LED lighting and motor control.
Energy Monitoring & Behavior Modification
The first step to any energy management project is to install real-time energy monitoring equipment that can truly reveal your consumption. With Eniscope you can have a site live and monitored within just three hours, in a fully safe, non-disruptive installation process. Once installed, you can monitor consumption on your own or with the help of Kohort Energy. And what’s more, you can use custom-designed public displays to help change the behavior of your biggest energy leakage area on-site – your staff.
Retrofit | LED Lighting: Up to 85% Energy Savings
Lighting can account for 50% or more of a business’s energy consumption. It’s a significant part of any energy bill, but it’s also one of the least efficient – with a huge proportion of energy used (up to 90%) lost as heat. Eluma intelligent LED lighting combines cutting-edge LED technology with unique heat dissipating casing, daylight harvesting and occupancy sensing for the ultimate in energy saving industrial lighting.
And the best part? It all happens automatically.
Retrofit | Motor Control: Up to 40% Energy Savings
Despite accounting for almost 65% of all energy used in industry, AC induction motors are often inefficient, over-sized and wasteful. Integra intelligent motor control modulates the effort of the motor depending on the load it’s experiencing. While maintaining the exact same performance, your motor ‘re-sizes’ every fraction of a second to be just powerful enough for the application.
Think of an escalator – does it need to use the same energy to carry 1 person as 100 people?