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Chris Heinz

How to Determine Degree Days and Balance Points for Your Building

Degree days represent the only weather metric that is consistently used in the context of building energy use. Heating degree days represent a need for heating to maintain a comfortable temperature in a building. Cooling degree days represent a need for cooling to maintain a comfortable temperature in a building. But how are degree days and balance points calculated? 

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Chris Heinz

7 Exciting New Features in 3.2 [Video]

The newest release of EnergyCAP contains seven exciting features to increase your effectiveness. These improvements include: chargeback submeter distribution, meter reading routes, rate creation, channel management, target line comparison, custom audits, and an EnergyCAP API. To learn more, watch the highlight video or read the summary list.

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Barry Kroeker

5 Options to Avoid Hand-Keying Your Utility Bills [SlideDeck]

Previously we have blogged on the advantages and disadvantages of electronic billing. Today we’ll look at five ways you can avoid the drudgery of hand-keying utility bills into your energy management software

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Chris Heinz

4 Keys of Energy Benchmarking Leading To Payback

Energy benchmarking is a way of deriving value from your available energy data by comparing the performance of multiple peer group members. It's a way of determining how a place, building, or meter ranks in comparison with similar places, buildings or meters. Benchmarking can deliver significant payback if it's done right. Here are four keys to effective energy benchmarking. We'll use EnergyCAP benchmarking charts for examples.

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Barry Kroeker

Measurement and Verification Is Like a Metronome

In a previous blog, we discussed how many organizations use a certain type of measurement and verification (M&V) for measuring the effectiveness of their energy management initiatives. But this blog is not about the “how”. This blog is more about the “why”. Many of us encountered the metronome in childhood experiences with a musical instrument. I spent many hours practicing with it while learning to play the piano. The metronome is a pendulum-like device for marking time like a clock. Except the tick-tock is loud, and you can adjust the speed with a sliding weight mounted on the pendulum. If you’d like to learn more about it, there is a very entertaining metronome entry in Wikipedia. Value of the Metronome

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Chris Heinz

8 Ways Campus Chargebacks Are Useful

A campus chargeback is the allocation of campus-generated utility usage and cost to individual buildings that are served by the “in-house” system. Other names for chargebacks are: allocations, rebillings, or distributions. In essence, the facilities management department is the local utility vendor. Doing chargebacks can be complicated, so let's look at the benefits. Here are eight ways campus chargebacks are useful.

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Barry Kroeker

5 Incentives for ENERGY STAR Tracking

Most of us have seen the blue ENERGY STAR label--perhaps on a water heater, a refrigerator, or an air conditioner. And according to a recent study, most of us understand that the ENERGY STAR label conveys a message of energy stewardship and efficiency. At EnergyCAP, we also understand its importance to our customers and audiences, most of whom are aware that an ENERGY STAR ranking and/or certification is available for whole buildings (not just for appliances). But despite that knowledge, many building owners across the country are not tracking their energy use with this free online tool. Here are five incentives for ENERGY STAR tracking:

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Chris Heinz

Are You Wasting Your Time On M&V? [Video]

Are you wasting your time on Measurement and Verification, also called Cost Avoidance?

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Barry Kroeker

A Utility Bill-Based Greenhouse Gas Tracking Primer

With the increase in mandated greenhouse gas (GHG) tracking by some organizations and governmental institutions, it’s important to understand what needs to be tracked, and how to track it. For many institutions, utility bill-based tracking is all that is needed to meet basic reporting requirements. This blog explains how utility bill-based tracking fits into the larger picture of detailed GHG tracking and reporting processes. Most GHG tracking mandates specify six gases which must be tracked:

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Chris Heinz

Cartoon Bill's Big Improvement [Video]

Are you overwhelmed by entering your monthly utility bills? Cartoon Bill was too. Then he made a big improvement.

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Barry Kroeker

How Does EDI Work for Utility Bills?

We often receive questions about integrating our energy management software in an EDI utility bill invoicing/payment process. Because EDI can be complex, we’re devoting this post to an explanation of EDI for utility bills. NOTE: If you're wondering if electronic utility bills are right for your organization, read this earlier post. First, EDI does not refer to all electronic utility bill information sharing. Rather, EDI refers to a very specific closed-loop invoice and payment exchange between the vendor and the customer. There are a lot of EDI standards out there, but EDI 810 is the standard for invoicing and paying utility bills. EDI History

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Chris Heinz

Groups & Benchmarking FAQs

When selecting a single commodity (such as Natural Gas), is it still all utilities in total cost or just Natural Gas? The Natural Gas Commodity Auto-Group is only including Natural Gas meters and their associated bills.

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Chris Heinz

Wasting Your Time with Energy Management?

If you can’t quantify energy savings, you might be wasting your time.

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Chris Heinz

New Natural Gas Supply Account and Invoice FAQs

When EnergyCAP references an LDC (Local Distribution Company), what does it mean to clients located in New York State? In New York State, Local Distribution Companies are referred to as the “T&D” (Transmission and Distribution) companies. When there is more than one meter for a building, how can I tell what meter I should use to associate with the Supplier Account? I have the T&D Company Account Number. The meter serial number should be stated on the bill and can be matched to the serial number stored in EnergyCAP. If the serial number is not stated on the bill, contact the Supplier Company to ask what meter is being supplied. If I have both T&D and Supplier billing information included on the same bill, what EnergyCAP Bill Entry Template should I use? EnergyCAP Bill Entry Templates were created to match the SUNY billing scenarios. Look through the existing Bill Entry Templates, with the Vendor Name included in the Template Code, for one that has Line Items for both T&D and Supply.

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Chris Heinz

Reporting FAQ

Can we email reports? Yes. After running an EnergyCAP Report, it can be exported to a selected format and saved. The saved report can then be attached to an email. If the desire is to email a report, or multiple reports, on a regularly scheduled basis, a Report Distribution Group can be created.

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Chris Heinz

Greenhouse Gas and Renewables FAQs

Currently, we can only find out about PV and Wind if we know what Campuses have these renewable energies. Are you thinking of creating a Tab for Renewable Energy, similar to the one for GHG? No. We created a ‘Renewables’ Meter Group Category with Groups of ‘SOLAR’ and ‘WIND’ in the "Groups & Benchmarking" Manager for the SUNY System. Renewable energy Meters can be added to these Groups for analysis and these Groups can be used to filter EnergyCAP Reports to report on consumption and cost information. Are we able to run a ‘wedge diagram’ graph or report that shows the trajectory of emissions over time and see projections into the future? We do not currently offer a PowerView or Report like this, but it sounds like a really great idea. An enhancement request will be made to the EnergyCAP Development Team. What emissions factors do you use to convert to Metric Ton equivalent CO2? Are they the same factor for all parts of the state? EnergyCAP uses the published factors from eGrid, for Electricity, and IPCC, for fossil fuels. We applied the Power Pool Sub-region factors and they are applied to all parts of the state. Reviewing the GHG Factors applied to meters at different Campuses throughout the State, the GHG Factors are the same. Additional resources are available in the EnergyCAP Enterprise Help Manual.

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Chris Heinz

Bill Entry FAQs for University and Campus Users

We sat down with John Pierce, Senior Project Manager in the Implementation Solutions Department, to glean insight about bill entry for university and campus users in EnergyCAP.

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Chris Heinz

Changes FAQs (Editing Accounts, Meters, Buildings, Preferences)

How do we make an Account Inactive? At this time, the Account Status cannot be changed to ‘Inactive’ using EnergyCAP Online.  The Account Status can be set equal to ‘Inactive’ using EnergyCAP Enterprise.  Please contact either SUNY Central Administration, or EnergyCAP, to request that an Account be made ‘Inactive’. Will an Inactive Account still be included in comparison charts for prior years? Yes, the consumption and costs for an ‘Inactive’ Account will be included in the EnergyCAP PowerViews.  The consumption and costs for ‘Inactive’ Accounts are excluded, by default, from EnergyCAP Reports.  However, clearing the ‘Bill Account is Active’ filter for the Report will result in the consumption and costs for both ‘Active’ and ‘Inactive’ Accounts to be included in the Report.

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Chris Heinz

EnergyCAP, Inc. at the 2013 ENERGY STAR Awards Banquet

On March 26, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy recognized 118 organizations for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment. About 1,000 guests attended the banquet in Washington, DC.

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Chris Heinz

New Features in EnergyCAP Online 3.0

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Chris Heinz

EnergyCAP Release Offers Web-Based Bill Management

EnergyCAP Online Release 2.12.0 has been officially released to all EnergyCAP-hosted clients, and the product's powerful new bill management options should be a welcome addition to the web-based version. Non-hosted clients will benefit from the new functionality in a few short weeks.

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Chris Heinz

Cost Avoidance Video Highlights Value of Meaningful Measurement

A new and upbeat EnergyCAP video takes a playful look at Cost Avoidance while asking important questions that highlight the value of meaningful measurement.

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Chris Heinz

EnergyCAP Climbs to #2 on ENERGY STAR Benchmarking List

It's official--the #2 provider of automated benchmarking ENERGY STAR services is EnergyCAP, Inc.

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Chris Heinz

ENERGY STAR Newsletter Highlights EnergyCAP-2011 Partner of the Year

The EPA's ENERGY STAR News (Automated Benchmarking Edition) for October 2 has featured EnergyCAP, a 2011 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.

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Chris Heinz

EnergyCAP, Accuweather partner for more accurate energy use comparisons

EnergyCAP and Accuweather have partnered in a new data sharing agreement.

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Chris Heinz

EnergyCAP Announces Enterprise Release 6.2 Availability

EnergyCAP, Inc. has announced the availability of the newest software version of its flagship product, EnergyCAP Enterprise.

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Chris Heinz

Eliminate Billing Errors (Video)

Mistakes Happen video now available.

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Chris Heinz

Background And Basics Of EnergyCAP’s Greenhouse Gas Tracking

The following is information about EnergyCAP's greenhouse gas tracking and reporting.

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Chris Heinz

EnergyCAP Continues Leadership with Ninth Upgrade in Five Years

EnergyCAP continues to lead the energy efficiency software industry with the recent release of energycap 6.1—the ninth upgrade in five years. EnergyCAP devotes more development resources and publishes more enhancements and upgrades than any other provider of utility bill tracking and energy efficiency software.

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