Steve Heinz

Steve Heinz
Steve is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EnergyCAP, Inc. He is a Professional Engineer, a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional, and Certified Energy Manager with more than 40 years of experience in energy accounting software and mechanical and architectural engineering. In recognition of his accomplishments, Steve was named the 2013 International Energy Engineer of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers.

Recent Posts

New Bill Analysis Spots Problems, Eliminates False Positives

Everyone whose job includes utility bill auditing and processing knows audit challenges all too well.  The bane of analysts everywhere is false positives—audit results that point to a problem but after investigation are found to be groundless.

Read More July 7, 2020

WeatherDataDepot Degree Day Site Updated

WDD_rgbFor almost 15 years, WeatherDataDepot.com has been the go-to site for degree day reports and historical data.

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Topics: Energy Management- Company News

June 9, 2020

EnergyCAP and Your Mission-Critical Contracts Plan

blog-missioncriticalChances are that your organization has a “Mission-Critical Contracts Plan” to ensure that mission essential contracts have been identified and that the vendors responsible for those mission essential products and services are following CDC and other applicable health and safety guidelines and precautions.

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Topics: Energy Management- Company News

May 20, 2020

Flatliner M&V Best Practices

Congratulations! Thanks to your effective energy management and building operations practices, you’ve achieved two months of “flatlining” your buildings. As proven by your smart meter data, effective shutdowns of high daily “occupied” electric loads have been flatlined, the only bumps being slightly higher nighttime security lighting loads.

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings- Energy and Culture

May 5, 2020

Put On Your BudgetCAP

budgetCAP-feature2It may be just the right time to put on your BudgetCAP.

In my last blog I showed how you can set expectations for a potential second quarter utilities budget surplus. In that real-world example,

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings- The Workplace- Energy and Culture

April 28, 2020

A Stimulus Check for Your Utilities Budget

budgetCAP-feature-1Yes, very unfortunate budget cutbacks loom in the future, but for the next few months your utilities budget will be benefiting from an unexpected stimulus.

Read More April 23, 2020

Effective Energy Management from Home – The Follow-up

EMfromHome-followup3-1Welcome back to my blog series on Effective Energy Management from Home. If you haven’t read the five-blog series or last week’s wrap-up, give them a quick read first.

Read More April 16, 2020

Effective Energy Management from Home—Wrap-up

blog#5Welcome to the wrap-up of my blog series on Effective Energy Management from Home. If you haven’t read the five previous posts, give them a quick read first.

If you’ve kept up with the series and have had the time and EnergyCAP access ability

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management- The Workplace- Energy and Culture

April 9, 2020

Effective Energy Management from Home—Part Five

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Welcome to my blog series, #5 of 5, on Effective Energy Management from Home. If you haven’t read Blogs #1, #2, #3, and #4, I recommend you give them a quick read first.

You’re a home-bound Energy Manager. How can you spend your time productively?

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management- The Workplace- Energy and Culture

April 7, 2020

Effective Energy Management from Home—Part Four

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Welcome to my blog series, #4 of 5, on Effective Energy Management from Home. If you haven’t read Blogs #1, #2, and #3, I recommend you give them a quick read first.

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management- The Workplace- Energy and Culture

April 2, 2020

Effective Energy Management from Home—Part Three

Welcome to my blog series, #3 of 5, on Effective Energy Management from Home. If you haven’t read Blogs #1 & #2, I recommend you give them a quick read first.

EMfromHome-P3_2You’re an Energy Manager working from home. Your buildings are mainly unoccupied and in shutdown mode, right?

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management- The Workplace- Energy and Culture

March 31, 2020

Effective Energy Management from Home—Part Two

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Welcome to my blog series, #2 of 5, on Effective Energy Management from Home. If you haven’t read blog #1, I recommend you give it a quick read first.

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management- The Workplace- Energy and Culture

March 26, 2020

Effective Energy Management from Home—Part One

EMfromHome-P1Hello friends and colleagues, and welcome to a new COVID-19 reality unimaginable only a few weeks ago. It is the sincere desire of everyone here at EnergyCAP that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management- The Workplace

March 24, 2020

Isaac Newton, Alchemy, and the Origins of M&V

Author and technology prophet George Gilder got me thinking when I read his recent book Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy. In writing about Sir Isaac Newton, perhaps the most influential and accomplished scientist ever, he describes Newton’s lifelong fascination with alchemy.

Read More September 24, 2019

Dating Rules for Utility Bills

electricMeterIn a perfect world, all of your utility meters would trip their odometer readings at 12:00 a.m. on the first day of every calendar month, all your utility bills would reflect the energy you used for precisely that period, and all planes and trains would run on time. Your relationship with your energy data would be perfect, and you wouldn’t need dating rules!

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Topics: Software Features

February 1, 2017

Green Run Amok

blog-meter2.jpgWhen I saw the green energy monitoring panel on the wall of my hotel room, I couldn’t believe my eyes. An energy monitoring panel here? I’d never seen anything like this! The building’s designers must have had some sustainability goal in mind, but drawing on my forty years of experience producing energy tracking software, all I could think was this is so…wrong!

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Topics: Energy and Culture

November 2, 2016

Why PV Solar and Wind Add New Challenges for M&V

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An important aspect of energy management is the measurement and verification (M&V) of energy management initiatives, whether behavior/operational or hardware/retrofits.  Besides the obvious need to verify savings when the contract is based on performance, M&V also provides valuable feedback to participants and senior management.

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Topics: Software Features

September 10, 2015

5 Must-Run EnergyCAP Reports

thumbsUpWoman_reports.pngEnergyCAP utility bill management software has about 300 “canned” reports, so new users often ask me, "How do I know which reports to run?”

Today’s blog highlights five reports that you might not even know exist. But I’m betting that when you see them, you will see real value for your organization.

I first shared these reports at our annual Catalyst Training for Savings conference last month. If you haven't attended a Catalyst training yet and you are using our software, I recommend that you set aside the time and funding for next April to take advantage of this valuable resource.

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Topics: Software Features

May 19, 2015

Why Bother With Accruals?

accrual-calendar-graphicToday’s blog is on one of my favorite topics—accruals. Oh, no; I lied.

Let’s face it—accruals are rarely anyone’s favorite topic. As an engineer, I tend to look at accruals as an accounting exercise that really doesn’t add anything to the energy management picture, so why would anyone even bother?

The short answer is that for those in accounting departments and those dealing with budgets and Profit & Loss (P&L) statements, accruals are very important and very necessary. But there are also some tangible benefits on the energy management side.

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Topics: Energy Management

April 14, 2015

Energy Managers–Time to Grow Up!

childHeightDocEnergy managers: you may not be as mature as you think you are.

No, I’m not talking about fighting on the playground, or slipping a grasshopper into Marie’s lunchbox. I’m referring to the current state of your energy information systems.

No, not your building control systems–although those can be very important. How mature are you when it comes to handling your energy data?

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Topics: Energy Management

February 19, 2015

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