Blaine Clapper

Blaine Clapper
Blaine is EnergyCAP, Inc.’s Chief Marketing Officer and an AEE-certified Business Energy Professional.

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2017: An EnergyCAP Year in Preview

running-at-the-gym.jpg“A new year, a new me.”

It’s a phrase I’ve heard numerous times over the past three weeks, and I witness vigorous attempts to live up to the cliché every January when I walk into my local fitness facility. Of course, by February, the traffic has gotten back to “normal.”

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Topics: Company News

January 26, 2017

The End of a ‘Quest

gq-sunset.jpgThe quest began in 2009 with the best of intentions: Provide home and small business owners with a free, easy-to-use online application to track and manage their energy use. Making money on the application was not a priority. Instead, it was largely a philanthropic pursuit intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save its users some money. It was a noble quest. But alas, what had begun with great fanfare in 2009 was over less than two years later.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

December 14, 2016

A County’s EnergyCAP Tale

JamestownShips.jpgIn 1634, England’s King Charles I signed legislation that created James City Shire within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, that prosperous shire, now known as James City County, is home to approximately 70,000 residents and is an EnergyCAP success story.

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Topics: Client Savings

November 30, 2016

Improving Utility Bill Auditing

audits-magnifying-glass.jpg“How are you currently processing your utility bills?”

Here at EnergyCAP, we’ve been asking that question of our prospects for decades. Surprisingly, the answers are often more about what people are NOT doing, rather than what they ARE doing:

The most common answers are:

  • “Each department receives its bills, gives them a visual check, and then forwards them to Accounting for payment.”
  • “Accounting receives the bills and pays them, and then they send us a spreadsheet to review.”

Both responses ("check first" or "check later") are commonly followed by, “We know we should check our utility bills more closely, but we don’t have a system in place to do that.”

These folks have already figured out that they should be auditing their utility bills. They just want to do it better. And that, of course, is where EnergyCAP comes in. EnergyCAP enables you to audit effectively.

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Topics: Software Features

November 9, 2016

Severe Weather CAN Impact Your M&V Calculations

icicles.jpgIt’s the “CAP” in EnergyCAP—"Cost Avoidance Program"—and it’s helping more than 800 organizations across North America to measure and verify the impact of their energy conservation measures. But what happens when extreme weather threatens to hinder accurate calculations?

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Topics: Software Features

October 12, 2016

Interval Data: A Valuable Complement to Billing Data

IntervalReading8dayView.pngOver my nearly two decades in the energy management software industry, I have spoken with many energy and facilities managers, and a common topic of conversation is the value of monthly utility bill data versus meter interval data for analysis. In most cases, my response is, “Do both.” Start with an analysis of billing data and refine your research and management with interval data.

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Topics: Client Savings

October 5, 2016

Beware the Corrected Utility Bill

bill-utility-energycap.jpgToday’s blog post addresses an issue that can pose a challenge to any energy manager: the corrected utility bill.

Whether or not you are a current EnergyCAP client, you know the drill. Each month, you receive your utility bills, enter or import them into your energy database and accounting system, and then pay them. Pretty straightforward, right? Right...

But what happens when a bill you receive this month includes a line item correcting a bill you received and paid last month or many months ago?

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Topics: Software Features

September 14, 2016

We're All in This Together

high_school_musical_troy_gabriella_2.jpgHigh School Musical, released by The Disney Channel in 2006, was a huge success, nationally and in my household. The musical, which introduced the world to now mega-stars Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale, had many comic and poignant moments, but what has stuck in my head is the movie’s closing number, We’re All In This Together.c2006.jpg

Performed by the entire student body, the song emphasizes the importance of acceptance and working together for a common good, and the value that each individual brings to that effort. That melody often comes back to me when I’m participating in a family activity that has been labeled undesirable by at least one of our four family members. It was also the first thing that popped into my head when pondering energy management challenges common in decentralized institutions. Could yours be one of them?

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Topics: The Workplace

September 1, 2016

Project Approved!

businessMeeting_blog1.pngAt some point in our careers, we all find ourselves in a position where we have to stand up and fight. Not in the manner of physical battery, but in the way of a challenge to get our proposed budget approved, or add a staff position, or maybe even justify our own job. Energy managers are no exception to this process and frequently find themselves in front of the city council or an executive board seeking funds for an energy conservation project.

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EDI: Two Decades the Champ, but Still Misunderstood

old-boxer.jpgDespite its 20 years as the heavyweight champion of utility bill electronic processing and payment (at least in the eyes of the largest utility vendors), Electronic Data Interchange, or EDI, is still a widely misunderstood utility billing option.

A recent conversation with the energy manager at a mid-sized U.S. city went something like this:

Energy Manager: “We would like you to get our utility bills and import them into EnergyCAP.”
Salesperson: “We can do that. Do you know which electronic invoice formats your vendors offer?”
Energy Manager: “They’re all EDI.”
Salesperson: “All of your vendors offer EDI 810?”
Energy Manager: “I’m not sure about the ‘810’ part, but I can log on to the vendors’ websites and download my bills in a spreadsheet. That’s what we’d like you to do for us. We want to get them in EDI, because it’s faster and gives us all of the information we need.”

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Topics: Energy and Culture

August 4, 2016

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