Failing the Eyeball Test

bithgroup-technologies-logo -- 050219Bithgroup Technologies, a consulting firm based in Baltimore, MD, has used EnergyCAP as the foundation of their Energy Information Services operation since 2007. They have processed hundreds of thousands of utility bills through the application. Corey Culbreath, Bithgroup’s hands-on Director of Energy Information Services, recently shared how he identified a major client billing problem without having to run a single EnergyCAP report.

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management

May 3, 2019

Energy Manager’s Report Guide

So much data, so little time. An all-too-common scenario for energy managers.

Utility bills arrive like clockwork (you hope) every month by the dozens or hundreds. Each one contains numerous line items, providing useful details about facility energy consumption and cost. Ideally, that valuable information is being tracked in EnergyCAP, where it’s readily available for analysis. 

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management

April 19, 2019

Reinventing Campus Distributions & Tenant Rebilling

chargebacksWebinar_blogChargebacks (aka, Allocations, Re-billings, Distributions): The process by which energy provided to one organization is then allocated across multiple other departments or facilities. In practice, the organization’s Accounting or Facilities Department acts as the internal energy “vendor” for the rest of the campus, 

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Topics: Company News

March 22, 2019

PSU to Help Modernize the Grid

powergrid_blog“Providing for every contingency possible in a network like this, serving more than 65 million nodes, it’s a large and nasty problem. And it is one that has to be solved every ten minutes.”

That’s how Uday V. Shanbag, Associate Professor in Penn State University’s Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, described the challenge facing a team of Penn State researchers

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Topics: Energy and Culture

February 28, 2019

Keys to Long-Term EMIS Success

EMIS_SuccessBlogEnergyCAP, Inc. (ECI) recently surveyed large government and public institutions to determine what makes an Energy Management Information System (EMIS) successful over many years. Survey participants included a mix of city and county governments, federal agencies, and the largest U.S. higher education systems. 

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

February 12, 2019

Saving Energy in University Housing

On- and off-campus student housing facilities consume a lot of energy, and the cost of that energy directly impacts students, schools, and property owners. In a recent EnergyCAP-hosted webinar, Melissa Kline, Founder of environmental consulting firm IMPACTenergy, described the process her firm uses to achieve energy savings in student housing.

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

January 29, 2019

Accidental Energy Savings

While the most easily quantifiable benefit of EnergyCAP’s utility bill accounting and energy management software might be its ability to help an organization save money, some of its other advantages are best explained anecdotally.

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings

January 8, 2019

Energy Re-Imagined

 

solarPanels2-1Can a wearable device generate its own power? Will we see a time when gas stations are scarce? What is a microgrid?

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

November 14, 2018

Catalyst for Change

“Be a hero!”

That was the message from Steve Heinz, EnergyCAP, Inc. Founder & CEO, as he delivered the closing keynote address at the 2018 EnergyCAP Catalyst training conference. This year’s conference theme was “Change is Coming,” and Steve’s presentation armed the 200 conference attendees with five specific operational and organizational changes they could implement to deliver immediate and long-term energy and cost savings:

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Topics: Company News

October 12, 2018

Are Your ENERGY STAR Scores About to Drop?

ESTAR_blogImage The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it will soon be updating performance metrics in its Portfolio Manager application, and per the EPA, “1–100 ENERGY STAR scores and other performance metrics will, on average, go down.”

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

August 3, 2018

Changing Behavior to Save Energy

thermostat_blogEquipment retrofits are complicated, expensive, and can take months or years to implement, but behavioral changes produce immediate energy and monetary savings.

In a recent EnergyCAP-hosted webinar, Matthew Cherrin, Energy Conservation Educator at University of New Mexico (UNM) described the behavior-based process used by UNM to achieve energy conservation success over the past decade.

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President Trump Endorses “Measure – Manage – Save”

whitehouse500Okay, that’s fake news. He didn’t say exactly that. But he did issue an Executive Order mandating deeper efforts to achieve energy cost and usage reductions, built on a foundation of energy tracking and reporting. 

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

June 11, 2018

Lights On In Miami-Dade County

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Dan Coogan, Utilities Superintendent at Miami-Dade County, has been analyzing the county’s 4,500 monthly electric bills in EnergyCAP since 2012. The county has documented many energy management successes over the past five-plus years, the latest of which came as the result of a team effort.

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings

May 22, 2018

EnergyCAP Users Are “Top Cities”

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its 2018 ENERGY STAR Top Cities list, and 12 of the top 25 cities are EnergyCAP users. In 2017, more than 9,400 properties received ENERGY STAR benchmark scores via EnergyCAP’s interface to Portfolio Manager, the EPA’s benchmarking application.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

April 19, 2018

Riverside County’s Path to Energy Savings

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Energy management at Riverside County, CA is in very capable hands.

During her tenure at the county, Janet Purchase, County Energy Manager, and her team have realized more than $11.6 million in grants, rebates, energy savings, outside utility funding, and avoided costs. 

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings- Bill CAPture

March 22, 2018

Energy Efficiency Investments Beat Wall Street

 

Editor’s Note: For this week’s blog, we are happy to share an article written by Dr. Eric Woodroof, Ph.D., founder of Profitable Green Solutions and past president of the Association of Energy Engineers. Dr. Woodroof is passionate about saving energy and reducing pollution, and he currently provides training on practical ways to do energy management in seminars/keynotes all over the world. The article was originally published by Buildings Magazine on January 11, 2018.

Read More February 15, 2018

For EnergyCAP, It's A New Generation

“The next generation of EnergyCAP—EnergyCAP Version 7—is now available.”

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Topics: Software Features- Company News

January 23, 2018

8 Big Benefits of Establishing a Role & Outcome Statement for Every Employee

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Editor’s Note:
Chris Heinz, EnergyCAP’s Vice President for Human Resources, is this week’s blogger. He blogs regularly on topics like workplace purpose, engagement, strengths, and coaching at Munyay.com. If you don’t want to miss his blog posts, you can subscribe here.

Read More October 31, 2017

A Philadelphia Case Study

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Battery. Conductor. Condenser. Charge.

Those words were coined by the City of Philadelphia’s most famous resident, Benjamin Franklin, as he established himself as the leader in the study of electricity in the mid-1700s. Franklin most likely never imagined that, more than 265 years later, the city he called home would still be an energy management leader. 

Read More October 26, 2017

Is ENERGY STAR a Viable Alternative to M&V?

101617_blogSmall-1.pngENERGY STAR® is the nation’s most widely used and recognized energy reporting and benchmarking system, but it is seldom considered to be a method of measurement and verification (M&V) of savings. EnergyCAP, Inc.’s CEO, Steve Heinz, recently led a study

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management

October 17, 2017

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