Energy-Efficient Cities Using EnergyCAP

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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released its 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, and we are happy to report that nearly one third of the top-performing cities rely on EnergyCAP for utility bill and energy management. (i)

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

July 12, 2017

The Ins and Outs of Campus Energy Data

A large number of facilities with widely varied uses—administration, classroom, laboratories, athletics, parking, medical, etc.a diverse group of occupants, long operating hours, multiple funding sources, and consistent growth combine to make energy management at a large public university a complex undertaking. Lalit Agarwal, Director of Facilities Systems at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), recently presented a webinar titled “The Ins and Outs of Campus Energy Data” to explain how UNL has integrated numerous systems—including EnergyCAP—and internal teams to establish a program that is successfully reducing energy consumption across campus, while maintaining occupant comfort.

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings- The Workplace

June 28, 2017

The Paris Climate (Dis)Agreement

On December 12, 2015, representatives of 196 parties within the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiated the Paris Climate Agreement. [i]  Article 2 of the UNFCC agreement outlined its objectives:

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Topics: Energy and Culture

June 14, 2017

Unleash Your Productivity: Part Two

“Productivity Unleashed” was the theme of last month’s Catalyst Training for Savings Conference, and EnergyCAP, Inc. CEO Steve Heinz closed the conference with a keynote titled “10 Tips to Unleash Your Productivity.”  We shared tips 6–10 in our April 19th blog, and now the suspense is over. The top five tips are presented below.

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Topics: Company News

May 17, 2017

Fleet Tracking with EnergyCAP

fleet_blog.pngEnergyCAP is widely recognized as a powerful utility bill and energy management tool for facility operations. Did you know that some EnergyCAP customers are also leveraging the application’s features to better track and manage their vehicle fleets in response to emerging sustainability and compliance mandates?

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Topics: Energy Management

May 2, 2017

Unleash Your Productivity: Part One

Steve_Catalyst2017.pngThat’s a wrap! 

The 2017 edition of EnergyCAP’s Catalyst Training for Savings Conference came to a successful conclusion Thursday, April 13. And 100 EnergyCAP users–representing a wide range of organization types and sizes–departed State College, PA with an expanded arsenal of utility bill and energy management skills.

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Topics: Uncategorized

April 19, 2017

Software As A Foundation (SaaF)

buldingFoundation.pngThe term “Software as a Service” and its more commonly used acronym, SaaS, were originally coined in 2001 in an article published by the Software & Information Industry Association’s eBusiness Division.[i]  SaaS is simply defined as software rental, with the licensee typically paying a monthly or annual fee for the right to use a vendor-hosted application.

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Topics: Energy Management

April 6, 2017

Losing A STAR?

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced the ENERGY STAR program in 1992 and described it as “a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”[i] Over the past 25 years, the ENERGY STAR label – recognized by more than 90% of Americans – has progressed from computers and monitors to most major appliances and office equipment, lighting, homes, and commercial and industrial facilities. 

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Topics: Energy and Culture

March 16, 2017

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

Failure is NOT Inevitable!

 goalie-missed.jpg[Today’s blog is written by Matthew Heinz, EnergyCAP’s Vice President of Customer Service. His topic is our Customer Success program.]

It’s challenging and intimidating to implement a new enterprise-level software application, especially one as full-featured as EnergyCAP. But failure is NOT inevitable!

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Topics: Client Savings

February 22, 2017

Success Stories From the (Energy Management) Front

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Success is commonly defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.”

When setting about to purchase an energy management information system (EMIS), the publicly stated purpose is commonly to reduce energy consumption. It’s a realistic, positive aim and an objective that typically garners internal and external support. That said, what ultimately “sells” the EMIS project is cost savings.

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Topics: Client Savings

February 8, 2017

Dating Rules for Utility Bills

what-is-a-meter.jpgIn 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

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

How We Hire the Right People

[Editor’s Note: Chris Heinz, EnergyCAP’s Vice President for Human Resources, is this week’s blogger. He brings valuable insights into the black box of corporate hiring procedures, and suggests a current methodology for maximizing value in the hiring process. Please read and consider sharing internally in your organization!]

rightpath-handshake.jpgHere at EnergyCAP, Inc., we’re always looking for ways to improve so that our customers receive the best services, products, and experiences possible. One of these innovations is the hiring process. We’ve introduced behavioral interviewing into employee selection, which so far, has yielded nine excellent new hires in the last four months. If you come to Catalyst this spring, you can meet them.

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Topics: The Workplace

January 19, 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.

New Case Study

Toward the end of 2016, we completed a case study in collaboration with James City County, VA. Entitled One Ring to Rule Them All, the study shares the advantages of energy management software for a county government. It’s a fun read that will get you thinking about savings opportunities in your organization.

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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

One Kind of Stewardship

stewardship2.jpgWebster’s dictionary defines stewardship as, “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.”

As an adoptive parent, I can understand stewardship. Bringing a child who once belonged to different parents into your home is an act of stewardship. In fact, before the adoption is finalized and before you become the legal parent of the child, you’re called the child’s “steward.” You’ve been entrusted to care for a person which is not yet your own.

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Topics: Company News

December 20, 2016

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

Implementation Started for State of Connecticut and City of Los Angeles

hartfordCT-3.pngEnergyCAP 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, and the City of Los Angeles has also acquired EnergyCAP through a General Services Administration (GSA) process for comprehensive tracking and reporting of the city’s electric, natural gas and water utilities.

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Topics: Client Savings

December 7, 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

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

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

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

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, you know that Heraclitus’ declaration has a ring of truth.

Buildings and organizations change over time. Processes are revamped. Employees retire or transfer. Remodeling happens. Space is repurposed from one function to another. And systems struggle (often unsuccessfully) to keep up with the pace.

Your energy management software is another system, and you may have been using it in the same way for years. But is your current approach the best approach? Have inevitable changes created an opportunity to do things differently and to do them better?

Today’s blog on software retro commissioning may help you answer that question.

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Topics: Energy Management

October 19, 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

Use Utility Data to Inspire Your Next Energy Management Project

windmill.jpgThis 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.

Webinar speakers were Steve Heinz, founder and CEO of EnergyCAP, Inc., and Dr. Eric Woodroof, founder and principal of Profitable Green Solutions. Today we’ll share some of the insights we gleaned from Steve’s portion of the presentation.

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Topics: Energy Management

September 28, 2016

Tips for Getting Buy-In for Your Energy Project

windmill.jpgThis 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

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