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Does Your Big Screen TV Equal Big Power Consumption?

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 in @ Home

The average American household has four or more television (TV) sets, according to a Nielson survey; there are now more than 115 million TV homes. Moreover, today’s high-definition, liquid crystal display (LCD), plasma and light-emitting diode (LED) flat-screen models are much thinner and lighter than the older, cathode ray tube (CRT) models, requiring no more…

Quick Tips for Lowering Natural Gas Use in Food Service Facilities

Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015 in @ Home, @ Work

Key Points Operational changes and low-cost retrofits can mean significant energy-cost savings in the kitchen. Dishwashing is the most significant use of hot water in a typical restaurant setting. HVAC accounts for nearly 28 percent of a typical restaurant’s energy expenses. In a typical restaurant, food preparation is responsible for more than 50 percent of all natural…

Energy-Saving Strategies for Household Electronics

Posted on Friday, January 2, 2015 in @ Home

High-tech gadgetry is no longer the province of the dedicated few. With the revolution in consumer electronics, the geek population now numbers in the millions. The typical American household contains 24 electronic products, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. All of this comes at a cost, however. Household electronics and office equipment are among the…

Computerized Maintenance Management Saves Time and Energy

Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 in @ Municipalities, @ Work

Key Points CMMS programs automate many of the logistics functions performed by maintenance staff. Benefits of a CMMS include elimination of paper work, improved tracking, and real-time reporting. A CMMS can be integrated with an energy management system to identify and perform maintenance tasks that save energy. Proper maintenance is critical to optimizing performance and extending…

Energy-Efficient Appliances Offer Better Performance and More

Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014 in @ Home, @ Work

If lower utility bills are not enough incentive for you to invest in energy-efficient appliances for your home, a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) may help to convince you. The report found that not only do energy-efficient appliances save money by using less energy, they also provide the same…

What Can You Do with a $1’s Worth of Energy?

Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 in @ Home

Paying for utilities isn’t like shopping at the grocery store. When you buy a pound of beef, you know precisely what you are getting, but energy can seem like just another bill to pay. Sure, you understand that energy heats and cools your home, fuels your appliances and powers your TV and electronic devices; but…

Open the Door to Savings with a High-Performance Refrigerator

Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in @ Home

Refrigerators keep food fresh, but they are among the biggest energy users in your home. Thanks to technological improvements, today’s refrigerators use far less energy than older models. If your unit is at least 10 years old, consider replacing it with a new, energy-efficient product. What are the savings? When shopping for a new refrigerator…

How To Use a Programmable Thermostat

Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 in @ Home, @ Municipalities, @ Work

A programmable thermostat is one of the most affordable and effective ways to save energy in your home. It will allow you to reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 15 percent for a small investment. For optimum performance, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s installation guidelines and use instructions. Installing a programmable…

Save Big with Low-Flow Pre-Rinse Spray Valves

Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 in @ Municipalities, @ Work

Key Points Conventional spray valves consume up to one-third of the water used in a commercial kitchen. Food service establishments use approximately 51 billion gallons of water every year to rinse dishes. Replacing one fixture can save $115 to $165 per year in energy and water costs. There are many opportunities for commercial kitchens to increase…

Economizers Provide Free Cooling

Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 in @ Municipalities, @ Work

Key Points Economizers save energy by bringing in outside air to supplement or replace mechanical cooling. Dry-bulb controls sense only temperature, while enthalpy controls sense temperature and humidity. A properly operating economizer can reduce cooling energy costs as much as 10 percent. Summer air conditioning is a significant operating expense for most facilities. For operations…