Barry Kroeker

Barry Kroeker
Barry is Senior Marketing Manager for EnergyCAP, Inc., where he manages company advertising, campaign and content development, PPC , SEO, social media, and client case studies.

Recent Posts

NYC Doubling Down on Benchmarking Mandate

NYC-buildings-1.jpgIn October of 2016, the New York City Council approved changes to a 2009 energy benchmarking ordinance (Local Law 84) that added new benchmarking requirements for thousands of private and city-owned buildings. The goal was to extend the reach of NYC's energy benchmarking and audit program.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

March 1, 2017

Energy Management Resources Coming Your Way

Thumbs-up.jpgAs we gear up for a productive New Year, we are taking this blog opportunity to highlight several resources of value to the community of readers we serve.

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Topics: Energy Management

January 11, 2017

Energy Management in the Trump Era

flag-what-next.jpgThe dust has settled after the November elections, and the results are unchanged despite a flurry of protests.

Now that we are in the final days of Obama’s presidency, one thing is certain on the energy management front: change is in the wind. Today’s blog takes a look at President-Elect Donald Trump’s ambitious energy plan, and speculates a bit on what it might mean for our industry in the months and years ahead.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

January 4, 2017

Implementation Started for State of Connecticut and City of Los Angeles

ThinkstockPhotos-498943042EnergyCAP project managers will be travelling coast to coast to implement new clients on the Atlantic and Pacific seaboards this winter and spring. The State of Connecticut has purchased EnergyCAP utility bill management software for statewide energy management and utility bill tracking,

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Topics: Client Savings

December 7, 2016

Cost Avoidance Webinar will Launch New Client Outreach

CA webinar1.jpgToday's blog highlights a new EnergyCAP webinar series.

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Topics: Energy Management

November 22, 2016

Tribute to an Energy Management Veteran

f15-jet-fighters.jpgIt's November 11 as I write this blog. Veterans' Day sort of snuck up on me this year. I'm not sure why—perhaps I have gotten so used to celebrating every national holiday on the artificial Monday. As I was reflecting on the significance of the day, and the freedoms protected by generations of U.S. servicemen and women, it seemed particularly appropriate to offer a Veteran's Day tribute to an air force veteran who we know well at EnergyCAP, as well as the energy management industry that sparked within him a unique but passionate patriotism.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

November 14, 2016

GSA Advantages for Energy Management Software Procurement

GSAAdvantage_full_Color.jpgThe U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) provides centralized procurement for the federal government, offering billions of dollars’ worth of products, services, and facilities that federal agencies need to serve the public. 

The mission of GSA is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people. In today’s blog, we will look at GSA options and advantages for utility bill/energy management software procurement for a range of public institutions, including federal, state, municipal, and higher education.

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Topics: Client Savings

October 26, 2016

The What and Why of Energy Management Software Retro Commissioning

change-graphic.jpgThe Greek philosopher Heraclitus reportedly said that the only thing that is constant is change. He probably wasn’t talking about your real estate portfolio, but if you manage energy for multiple properties,

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Topics: Energy Management

October 19, 2016

Use Utility Data to Inspire Your Next Energy Management Project

0814blogThis blog is the second installment in a short series drawn from our September Energy Leader Webinar: Tips for Getting Buy-In for Your Energy Project. The webinar purpose was simple: to help participants get more projects approved and more energy saved.

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Topics: Energy Management

September 28, 2016

Tips for Getting Buy-In for Your Energy Project

0814blogThis blog is the first installment in a short series drawn from last week’s Energy Leader Webinar: Tips for Getting Buy-In for Your Energy Project. The webinar purpose was simple: to help participants get more projects approved and more energy saved. If you’re looking for tips on how to get your next energy project approved, read on!

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Topics: Energy Management

September 21, 2016

Pebble Beach Update | Webinar on Getting Project Buy-In

pebble-view.jpgOur readers may remember a June blog where we shared a story about two of our EnergyCAP software developers who competed in a local golf charity event and ended up winning an all-expense-paid trip to Pebble Beach, California, 

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Topics: Company News

September 7, 2016

Measuring Progress toward Zero Energy

zero-energy-2.jpgI was recently reading an article on Greenbiz.com relating to Zero Energy Buildings which got me thinking (again) about the challenges associated with any energy stewardship project. Chief among these is measurement and verification (M&V).

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Topics: Energy and Culture

August 25, 2016

Software is a Tool, not the Master

tools-man-arms.jpgBefore we get started on today’s topic, let me share some exciting news regarding a company reorganization here at EnergyCAP. Don’t panic, it’s nothing dramatic or upcoming—just a part of our vision for 2016: “Getting to the Next Level.” 

As a company, we’ve taken a good look at where we are and where we want to go in pursuit of our company purpose, and we’re implementing some changes around here.

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Topics: Software Features

August 10, 2016

It’s Not Fair Not to Normalize

boys-ages.png“Data has a nasty way of representing the wrong idea when inaccurately reported.”
—Tony Rovano, AssetWorks

It’s your first year on the job as energy manager for a sizable regional real estate management firm. You’re proud of several new initiatives that you were able to implement, but as the summer drags on, you hear through the grapevine that the CEO has been receiving concerned memos from Accounting due to rising utility expenses. 

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Topics: Energy Management

July 27, 2016

Lipstick on a Pig? 12 Questions to Ask an EMS Software Vendor BEFORE You Buy

lipstickPIG2.pngAt EnergyCAP we’ve been involved in a few RFP processes where we knew that the chosen Energy Management System (EMS) software vendor was not going to be able to supply the goods and/or services required. 

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Topics: Software Features

July 20, 2016

Miami-Dade County’s NACo Awards

NACo.seal.pngAt EnergyCAP, we are always delighted when our clients receive accolades for their creative use of our products. In today’s blog, we recognize Miami-Dade County in honor of their recent NACo awards. Read on for a detailed description of what they’ve been doing. You might get some great ideas for your next energy efficiency initiative.

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Topics: Client Savings

July 13, 2016

An EnergyCAP Health Checkup: Plantar Fasciitus

plantar1.jpgOh, your aching feet! As an energy manager, your feet might ache because there's too much load on them. Your buildings may have abnormal load also, and we can measure that using a load factor calculation.

EnergyCAP’s AN12 report will help you spot an abnormal load factor. It’s a tabular report that shows your load factor (from 0 to 100) for each electric bill.

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Topics: Energy Management

July 6, 2016

An EnergyCAP Health Checkup: Scintillating Scotoma

energy-star-certification2.jpgThere really is a medical condition known as scintillating scotoma. It has to do with “seeing stars” often in association with a developing migraine headache.

But if you’re using EnergyCAP, we really want you to see stars—ENERGY STARs, that is.

 

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Topics: Software Features

June 29, 2016

An EnergyCAP Health Checkup: Diplopia

diplopia2.jpgThe second installment in our EnergyCAP Health Checkup series is for those clients who may be seeing double (diplopia) but haven’t figured out that their historical utility bill records have been contaminated over time by inconsistent record-keeping relating to meter units of measure.

Here’s how this illness is spread. Cost and use data for a meter is keyed or electronically imported year after year, but no one checks to see if each bill for a single meter represents consumption with the same energy units.

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Topics: Software Features

June 22, 2016

Pebble Beach, Here They Come!

yoder-matthews2.jpgToday's blog is company news with a surprising twist. Our regular readers may recall a recent blog on automated testing by EnergyCAP's Jared Matthews. Jared had an interesting experience on the golf course with co-worker Terry Yoder last week, and we'd like to tell you about it.

On Tuesday, June 7, EnergyCAP, Inc. chipped in half the registration fee to send a group of eight golfers to the local Audi quattro Cup tournament, held at the Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania.

Jared and Terry thought they were just golfing to help out with a local charity event. Read on to discover what they received as a result of their participation!

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Topics: Company News

June 15, 2016

The Cure for Database Dyspepsia

dyspepsia.jpgDyspepsia can hit you right in the gut. It's that bad case of “indigestion” you experience as an energy manager due to bad utility bill data.

So what's the cure for the bad data in your utility database? Audits and graphs. They are related but different treatment regimens. Let’s talk about audits first.

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Topics: Software Features

June 8, 2016

Are You Due for a Checkup?

stethoscope.jpgEnergyCAP clients who attended this spring’s Catalyst Training for Savings conference were given a prescription for a healthy EnergyCAP user experience by CEO Steve Heinz at the closing keynote session.

That keynote is being sliced and diced into a blog series that will assist our valued customers in maximizing the value of their EnergyCAP investment. The series will also highlight some common energy management issues and solutions that are independent of your specific energy management solution. Stay tuned for future installments in the series. Here’s an overview of what’s in store:

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Topics: Software Features

June 1, 2016

What Energy Managers Want

manFileFolders.pngWhat do energy managers want?

David Ulmer, our Vice President of Implementation Solutions and Product Owner here at EnergyCAP, was extensively quoted in a recent article in EnergyManagerToday.com with an answer to that question.

At the core of the discussion was the technological reality that more and more energy data is becoming available, and that data needs to be effectively managed to achieve the twin goals of increased efficiency and energy savings.

You can read more in the article, but today’s blog is a summary of what David has learned in hundreds of conversations with clients and contacts in the energy business.

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Topics: Software Features

May 26, 2016

It’s Time to Use Auto-Groups in EnergyCAP

One of the best things about EnergyCAP is its increasing automation of mundane tasks associated with organizing your energy data.

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Topics: Software Features

May 18, 2016

Catalyst Survey Results Are In!

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Today’s blog reveals feedback from our post-Catalyst conference survey.

Every year after our annual Catalyst Training for Savings conference, we provide an opportunity for attendees to share perspectives on their Catalyst experience. Congratulations to EnergyCAP client Lou Castelli for winning the survey Amazon Gift Card drawing!

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Topics: Company News

May 11, 2016

Bill Lists in EnergyCAP

 

bill-list.jpgBill Lists have been introduced and upgraded in recent versions of EnergyCAP Online. The result is much more powerful and customizable displays of utility data. Clients working online will be amazed at the speed and flexibility of the improved application. Today’s blog explains a bit more about these helpful energy management tools.

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Topics: Software Features

May 5, 2016

Catalyst in Pictures

medals-jd.pngToday is day three at Catalyst, EnergyCAP’s annual Training for Savings conference, and we thought we’d blog some of the pictorial highlights to give you an idea of the experience that we are providing this week in State College, Pennsylvania.

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Topics: Company News

April 28, 2016

Recent EnergyCAP Releases Add Value for Clients

computerMan_blog.pngIn recent weeks, EnergyCAP has released two upgrades for EnergyCAP Online (ECO). This blog highlights new features and enhancements that have brought additional value to our clients.

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Topics: Software Features

April 20, 2016

The Right to Energy

electric-outlet-blue.jpgBig ideas often have small beginnings. Today’s blog is about one such beginning, and it has to do with energy and human rights. But we’ll start our story with a different kind of beginning—a meeting of rebels in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1776.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. —That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...”

Thus begins the second paragraph of what is arguably one of the greatest political documents ever penned, America’s Declaration of Independence.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

April 6, 2016

GMU's Energy Management Reboot Saving Big Money


An_aerial_view_of_the_Johnson_Center_at_dawn..pngGeorge Mason University had begun its journey into computerized utility bill tracking in the 1990s, but its software solution, Faser Energy Accounting®, had been acquired by Enron®. After the Enron bankruptcy scandal, the university needed to reboot its energy management program.

GMU’s Energy Manager, Patrick Buchanan, summarized the situation as follows:

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Topics: Client Savings

March 30, 2016

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